The 14-year-old Kansas runaway who shot herself dead in front of a sheriff’s deputy had been bullied for years — including a sex assault and death threats, according to her family.
Jaylee Chillson pulled out a gun and shot herself late Saturday while a deputy tried to persuade her to return to her family after she ran away and went to a party in Aurora.
Her father, Jeb Chillson, heard the gunshot while rushing to track her down — and was among those who desperately tried to save her with CPR, he told the Messenger
The schoolgirl’s death followed a period of her being treated “absolutely awful,” her mother first wrote on Facebook — ripping “those that hurt my baby” and played “a part in crushing her.”
“One girl was threatening to kill my daughter,” her grieving dad told the Messenger of abuse that happened at school and continued online after she was pulled out of classes.
“My daughter would come in covered in bruises and stuff like that,” he said, detailing how one girl dumped rubber cement in his daughter’s hair as other students watched, while another encouraged her to cut herself.
One male student even grabbed Jaylee’s “crotch in a sexual manner against her will,” the dad said.
“The same boy was bruising her up. He took her AirPods and stole money from her.”
Chillson said he and his wife, Stacie, alerted several school officials about their daughter’s torment but that nothing was done about their complaints, adding that she was “just as miserable” in eighth grade.
The couple, who also have four sons, eventually placed their daughter in another school in the district but she ended up getting physically assaulted there, her dad said.
“The bullies were there. Nothing stopped,” he said of the school where the boy allegedly grabbed his daughter’s crotch.
“That school completely failed her — refused to do anything,” he said, adding that her had also met with the principal, who promised him that the bullying would stop.
Jaylee was pulled out of the school and finished eighth grade with homeschooling, but that didn’t end the vicious bullying campaign before she began high school in an online academy, Jeb said.
“All summer she was harassed by these people via Snapchat and Instagram and phone calls,” he told the outlet.
On Saturday, Jaylee said she was going out with the dog but ran away — ending up at the party with a 20-year-old man before she took her life, according to the report.
The bullied girl had been receiving counseling for the past two years, her dad said.
“Her therapist, nobody saw this coming. There was never any reason when this happened to even suspect this was going to happen,” Jeb said.
“Tons of families have reached out to me saying that their families are experiencing the exact same problems in school,” he added. “Bullying is just a terrible pandemic in this area.”
In a heartbreaking Facebook post, Stacie wrote that “the world lost one of its brightest lights. This girl has the biggest heart of anyone I know and has since she was just a little girl.”
“There wasn’t a day that went by that she couldn’t make you laugh till you couldn’t breathe. She is amazing. Perfect. Everything you could ever ask for in a daughter,” the shattered mom continued.
“She’s beautiful. She’s smart. She is our everything. Our hearts our shattering. It’s unbearable. It’s not fair. She was our best friend. The best daughter. The best big sister. The best granddaughter. There is nothing that will ever make this hurt go away,” Stacie wrote.
She railed against those who harmed her daughter.
“I’m also angry. I’m angry with those that hurt my baby. I’m furious with those I KNOW hurt her and will talk about her now like they didn’t play a part in crushing her. I’ve read days worth of messages from her ‘friends’ that treated her absolutely awful,” Stacie added.
The Post has reached out to the school district for comment. The family did not immediately respond to messages for comment Monday.
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