Girl with Wiccan Interests Commits Suicide

March 7, 2001

Source: The Detroit News

On March 7, 2001, The Detroit News reported on the suicide of twelve-year-old Tempest Smith in Lincoln Park, Michigan. The article suggested that she might have been sent over the edge by "constant ridicule by peers." In part, "they teased her because she read books about Wicca, a pagan religion often associated with witchcraft."