Bailie Lundy, 15, took her pit bull Cane outside on the afternoon of Feb. 12. She had gone to church with her family in the morning, and then cleaned out the rabbit cage in the garage. It was a normal Sunday.

“Mom, I’m going to walk the dog,” she told Shandra Clay as she went out the door.

Later that afternoon, a child who lived in the neighborhood ran inside Clay’s house.

“Bailie killed herself,” he said.

The 10th grade student at Texas City High School was found in Amburn Park, in the 3900 block of 19th Street North.

She had hanged herself with a red checkered dog leash from a set of monkey bars at the park, officials said.

Police suspected it was a suicide, although the department hasn’t officially closed the case.

Bailie didn’t leave a suicide note. Clay found nothing in the girl’s diary indicating she was in pain. Bailie kept her bedroom tidy and didn’t talk much.

“She never seemed depressed,” Clay said. “She’s a girl. She’s quiet.”

Bailie was the baby of four girls. She had two or three friends.

There were only a few things indicating conflict in her young life, those close to her said.

Something had happened at school with a group of girls who were giving her a hard time, Clay said.

It started with petty stuff about a boy they all might have liked but turned into something bigger and uglier, Clay said.

In January, Bailie signed a stay-away agreement with those girls, Clay said. The school had called Clay to talk about problems at school, and Bailie’s grades had suddenly slipped, which was unusual, Clay said.

The link between bullying and suicide is more tenuous in Bailie’s case, but Greater Barbour’s Chapel Baptist Church, which her family attended, held an anti-bullying rally just after her death.

Clay isn’t convinced her daughter’s death was a suicide, she said. The Galveston County Medical Examiner’s office has ruled it a suicide, however.

Clay attended the rally in La Marque and met other parents of children who committed suicide. She still doesn’t think that’s what happened, but she’s trying to be open to the reality, she said.

“I don’t know what happened,” Clay said. “I’ve asked God to take my blinders off and show me what I’m missing,” Clay said. “One thing I promise to do is speak for Bailie. I don’t ever want another parent to feel what I feel.”

Valerie Wells:

409-683-5246; valerie.wells@galvnews.com or on Twitter @ValGalNews

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