The mother and sister of a student who killed herself last Halloween will be appearing Monday on a nationally-televised syndicated talk show.
Jackie LeRoy and her daughter Jacqueline are among the guests on The Steve Wilkos Show, on an episode dealing with bullying.
, 17, took her own life on Oct. 31, 2011. A news release issued by Wilkos' publicist says her sister talks with tears in her eyes about her attempt to save Meghan after discovering her in a closet, blue in the face, with scarves tied around her neck.
“I was calling her name and no answer. Everything I learned about CPR came back to me, and I knew right there that it was now or never,” Jacqueline LeRoy says, according to the release. “She was coughing and throwing up, that’s when I panicked and started screaming. I took the scarves from around her neck and dialed 911.”
Despite her sister's efforts to save her, Meghan LeRoy passed away later that evening at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA.
Jackie LeRoy is quoted in the release as stating even though her daughter was very popular at school, she was still bullied. Despite the abuse, she says her daughter seemed “perfectly fine,” and appeared that way up until the moment she decided to take her life.
“Bullying has become an epidemic in our country and tragically in Connecticut this past year, 10 teenagers committed due to these actions,” says Wilkos in the release.
The hulking former director of security for The Jerry Springer Show has two other Enfield residents on his show Monday. Both are students at Fermi, and are identified by first names only.
Audria, 15, speaks out about her bullying experiences, and explains the heartache and pain that has been caused in her life. She says she has had rumors spread about her, has been called nasty names, and even threatened on social networking sites like Facebook, according to the release.
On the show, Audria confronts her bully Trina, 16, who admits to saying hurtful things such as, “Why don’t you just kill yourself?”
“What if this young girl went and did that?” asks Wilkos. “That’s the scary thing. You can say something like that and these kids go home and they think, yes that’s a good idea, I’m going to go do that.”
The show was taped in late February, according to Wilkos' publicist, Gary Rosen, It will be aired Monday, April 23 at 11 a.m. on WCCT Channel 20 (CW).