SANTA ANA, CA (Meredith) -- Police are investigating the death of a 10-year-old girl in California who died by suicide.

Family identified the girl as Allison Wendel, according to KTLA.

According to officials, Allison died at home on Sunday. Police said her 9-year-old sister was the one who found her.

Santa Ana detectives were at Hazard Elementary School on Monday investigating reports that the fifth grader may have been bullied.

Officers said they would be interviewing those who knew Allison, as well as looking at social media and text messages to try to determine if bullying was a factor in her death, KCAL reports.

Students at the school told KTLA Tuesday they knew Allison was being bullied because it was posted on social media. But according to a neighbor, Allison’s parents monitored her social media accounts.

If bullying is a factor, Santa Ana Police Department Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said police would have to determine who did the bullying and look at their ages to decide whether they will face any charges.

Garden Grove Unified School District said in a statement:

“We are deeply saddened by the tragic passing of one of our students. We have our crisis counselors on site today and throughout the week to ensure students and staff have support during this difficult time. While the Santa Ana Police Department is conducting a thorough investigation, we have no evidence to support this rumor. Hazard Elementary School has a longstanding PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) program and takes a proactive approach to promote a positive school culture.”

GoFundMe campaign has been set up to raise funds for Wendel's funeral and counseling for her 9-year-old sister.

If you or someone you know is in emotional distress or suicidal crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

For more information about mental health care resources and support, The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) HelpLine can be reached Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. ET, at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or email

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bottom and company

California schools better wake up because they may have gotten a break this time. Plenty of students they rattle this badly depart this world with a lot more people than just themselves.


My daughter was also bullied while teachers just stood there chatting with each other, not paying attention to what was going on in the playground. I pulled my daughter from that school and had her home schooled. She graduated a year early with high self-esteem.

bottom and company

Aggressive students can hide behind the education system only so long. Because predatory acts of robbery, brutality and extortion will soon cost them 10 years. And that's only if victim vigilantism doesn't get to them first.


Great job for making the decision to home school. I was a teacher in a high school for 1 year back in 1980. I quit after the year. The school system began to be ignored back then. The govt wanted the children dumbed down. I home schooled our only child from his year in 1997. His friends were always telling him about the trouble at the schools. He now has a very good job with the county dept of aviation


By the way, I taught my 1 yr in an Illinois school and taught our son in Vegas. The problem is everywhere

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