Riley Nicole Garrigus, 16, passed away April 8 at her home in Sedalia, Missouri. Garrigus took her own life after suffering bullying at school.
Riley Nicole Garrigus 16, took her own life on April 8 as a result of bullying at Smith-Cotton High School. Friends and family members are planning a protest at 1:00 P.M. Thursday in front of the school.
Relatives said the walkout protest is in response to the district’s handling of bullying in its schools, an issue they believe directly led to Garrigus taking her own life.
“We’ve had five deaths in two years in this town because of bullying,” Riley’s father, Ralph Garrigus, said.
The family is urging school district officials to provide better access to mental health and bullying prevention services.
Garrigus was a sophomore at Smith-Cotton High School who enjoyed playing softball, basketball, football and spending time with family and friends. She loved outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, swimming and riding bikes.
Garrigus is survived by her parents, Ralph D. Garrigus and Yvette A. (Allen) Garrigus, and her two brothers, Robbie and Ryan Garrigus.