By her mother, Rochelle Sides
Co-Director, Bully Police USA and Director, Bully Police Texas
Corinne Celice Wilson was born on Monday, September 30,
1991 at 2:06 PM. She is the youngest of four children and the only
girl. She was the most beautiful baby with big blue eyes and blonde
curly hair. From the day she was born she was an amazing child, I
know that every mother says that, but she was so bright and full of personality.
She did everything early, said her first word at 8 months, walked by 11
months. I should have known then what I was in store for, but as
a young mother of four I just thought it was because she was trying to
keep up with her older brothers.
A few months before Corinne was 2 her biological
father and I separated and later divorced. I met the man Corinne
knew as her Daddy when she was barely 3, we all moved to Texas in 1995.
Corinne seemed to blossom under all of the love that my husband’s family
gave her, especially her Grandma Jewel, who fell madly in love with Corinne
from the first day, as most people did that met her. That all changed
when we moved to Rockdale in 2000. She had trouble from the first
day, she missed her old school and friends and didn’t feel as if she fit
I thought that if she played a sport that would help her
to meet people, unfortunately it made it worse. It was Corinne’s
first year playing softball and she was placed on a team of girls that
had played for a considerable amount of time. They teased her relentlessly
about her inability to play, she would cry after every practice.
||I spoke to the coach about it and it seemed to let up,
but they continued to exclude her at practice which followed through to
school. Corinne would periodically come home from school crying saying
“No one likes me, I hate it here”. I would tell her to try
to be nice to one person every day and soon she would have a friend.
It seemed to work, she made a friend and they seemed inseparable.
However, that is when the trouble started for us, as Corinne started changing
her personality to match her new friend’s. My husband and I thought
it was a phase. It came to a head when Corinne and this girl got
into trouble when they were at the girl’s house. Her father and I
ended the relationship, so we thought.
Corinne on her Birthday
September 30, 2004
For some reason this girl had a hold on Corinne that we
could not break. Corinne did make other friends, but they all included
this girl. This continued with not much problems for the next year
and half. Corinne was now in the 6th grade and really starting to
become a beautiful young girl. Boys were interested in her and vice
a versa. I think that is where the bullying began; these girls were
not near as pretty as Corinne and became jealous.
Corinne was also excelling in academics as well.
At first they would exclude her, make her cry, then make up. Then
they started to tell Corinne she was fat and her hair was frizzy and make
fun of her one day then befriend her the next, Corinne was so confused.
Over the summer of her 6th grade going into 7th grade year Corinne attended
a basketball camp at Baylor University and lost some weight, she grew a
few inches and was starting to be more confident in her appearance and
abilities. This made the viciousness of their comments and jealousy
They started a campaign against Corinne after she had
been selected from over 500 contestants to sing in a karaoke contest in
Waco. Corinne was so happy about it and proud of herself. They
started again with saying she was fat, ugly, her hair was frizzy and she
It came to a head on October 6th, 2004, that morning in
PE one of the girls slapped her and called her a whore.
Then wrote her
notes all day telling her that she was fat, ugly, had ratty hair and they
wished she was dead and that she should just go home and kill herself.
These girls decided that this was the “Theme of the Day” that Corinne should
go home and kill herself. I knew my daughter very well; she was a
very loving, sensitive person. I can only imagine the hurt and confusion
my daughter was feeling that day. These girls were supposed to be
her best friends and they wanted her dead. At one point Corinne
wrote on her desk in one of her classes, “This school hates me”, over and
over again. I have been told that she had her head down and cried
all day. Just as Corinne left from school that day, these girls said
School let out early that day, for conferences, her brothers
picked her up as they always did. Corinne asked them to drive by
one of these girls so she could say something to her, her brother told
her no, they needed to get home. Her brother Richard left for work
at 2:00 pm. Her brother Ronald says that she was drawing devil horns
on all of one of her friend’s pictures, and running up and down the stairs
from my room the entire afternoon. Later we found out that she had
been trying to find a gun.
|Ronald left for work just before 4:00 pm and I was home
by 4:45, where I found her dead from a single gunshot to her forehead.
Corinne left no note, which makes me believe she did not
want to die, she just wanted a break from the pressure and to show those
girls how bad they were hurting her. Her father and I believe that
Corinne really thought she would just get hurt and spend sometime in the
hospital and it would fix it all, which did not happen.
Instead of listening
to our daughter perform at the rodeo, her father and I buried her.
|The pain of losing our daughter is immeasurable.
My husband wrote in her eulogy that they say you don’t know what you have
until it is gone, but we knew, we knew Corinne was an amazingly beautiful,
talented and loving person that made everyday spent with her a better day.
Her family has lost everything on October 6th, 2004 and the world
has lost more than they will ever know.
Corinne with her niece Hillary
Corinne's mother, Rochelle
Sides, is now serving as the Director of Bully Police-Texas, and the Co-Director
of Bully Police USA, a watch-dog group that advocates for children who
are bullied and works with lawmakers to get anti bullying laws enacted