Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Dozens Attend Observance for Girl Who Hanged Herself

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Dozens Attend Observance for Girl Who Hanged Herself

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WARRENTON * Friends and classmates of Destiny Gleason met Saturday to honor the teen who hanged herself as a result of what her family said was bullying.

Dozens of young people and others gathered at Faith Christian Family Church to talk about their friend and share photographs of Destiny. Many of the teens hugged and cried.

Destiny, 14, died April 22 after she was taken off life support at a hospital. She hanged herself at home three days earlier, authorities have said.

Dawn Hickman, a church spokeswoman, said Destiny's relatives did not want to be interviewed. Displayed at the front of the church were many snapshots of Destiny. The girl's friends walked somberly past the display.

The girl's mother, Stephanie Clark, and stepfather, Kurtis Clark, said last week that Destiny had been a victim of bullying by a group of girls at Black Hawk Middle School, which she started attending last summer when her family moved to Warrenton from Wentzville. …

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