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Student committed to mental health facility speaks out

Wolfson High School student says she was bullied

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Less than a week after she was committed to a mental healthcare facility after making suicide threats, a Wolfson High School student is back home.

Alishia Montelongo was happy and relieved to see her mom and sister when she was released from the facility where she'd been for three days.

Montelongo's sister said that she had been bullied in school, leading to the suicidal threats, and her family wasn't notified that she'd been committed until after they arrived at school to pick her up.

She is not going back to Wolfson High School, but Montelongo will be starting hospital homebound, an alternative program for students confined to their homes or the hospital.

A freshman at Wolfson High School, active in ROTC and a member of the school chorus, Montelongo's involvement in school activities didn't stopped her from being a victim of bullying.

The effects of that bullying came to a head on Monday when she was walking down a school hallway with a friend.

"We were talking and I was like, 'I don't care if I live or die'. They took it the wrong way, and the guy said, 'Can you come in here?'" Montelongo said.

She was then committed to the mental health facility, but said that she was never serious about hurting herself.  She did say the bullying got to be too much.

One time on the bus, she says she was slapped in the face, and papers were thrown at her. Then a few weeks ago, an argument over missing headphones took a violent turn with one classmate.

"She grabbed me by my hair and started beating me. She pushed me on the ground and started to kick me. I had a scratch right here on my face. It's gone now," Montelongo said.

Even after she was released Thursday, the bullying continued.

Alishia saw on Facebook that a friend of hers had written about what she had gone through. People started commenting on that post and not in a nice way.

"A lot of people started commenting saying, 'This girl--this is what you get for being an 'H'. She should have died anyway'. My friend was like, 'That's not right,'" Montelongo said.

Even though some kids have treated her very badly, Montelongo says there are still a lot of good kids at Wolfson, many she considers friends.

But now she's looking ahead and happy to be moving forward and beginning therapy.

Montelongo also has a message to other students who are being bullied.

"Just stand up for yourself. Or at least tell the kid to back off. That's how I feel about it," Montelongo said.

She also said that students should be involved as well. If you see a classmate being bullied, they should tell them to stop.
 


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