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Before he hanged himself, a 13-year-old wrote this letter. His parents only want….

Daniel Joseph Fitzpatrick was just a few weeks shy of his 14th birthday when he took his own life. His 17-year-old sister, Kristen, found him on August 11, hanged with his own belt. His parents, Maureen and Daniel Sr. , were overwhelmed with grief but they didn’t want to let that stop them from sharing his important and heartbreaking story. Daniel had been relentlessly bullied until he saw no other way out.

The teen wrote a multi-paged suicide note that his parents decided to publish. He describes how his sixth grade schoolmates and former friends at his Catholic school suddenly turned against him and how he had been subjected to daily bullying attacks:

“… Anthony took it all out on me. He bullied me along with John, Marco, Jose, and Jack they did it constantly until I went into a fight with Anthony everyone stopped except John he was angry… I ended up fighting John and got a fractured pinkie,” Daniel, also known as Danny, wrote that they teased him because of his weight, his grades, because he wasn’t as “tough” as the other boys. “I gave up. The teachers either didn’t do ANYTHING.”

“My son’s story is now out there for the world to see and for the world to know the pain that he went through,” said Daniel’s father in a voice hoarse with emotion in an 18-minute videohe posted on Facebook. “No child should have to go through what my son went through.” In the poignant recording, the mechanic also explained the he and his wife didn’t feel the school treated their concerns seriously when they took Danny’s troubles to the principal. “All I got was and all HE got was, ‘He’ll be fine. Is he in counselling? You have to try harder, Danny. These things will pass.’”

Daniel Sr. also had strong words for the parents of the boys Danny named in his suicide note: “You get to hold your children every night and every day for the rest of your lives and their natural lives. I don’t get that anymore. Your little monsters took that from me. And my wife. And his sisters. Danny was a kind, gentle little soul. He didn’t have a mean bone in his body… I just want to hear him say, ‘good morning, dad’ one more time and that way I could tell him ‘good morning’ and ‘I love you,’ which I did every every day.”

3 Comments

  1. Marlene Coffman Marlene Coffman June 22, 2021

    My heart goes out to you parents of Daniel and his siblings.
    I would like to know WHY THE SCHOOL NOTIFI THE PARENTS OF THE BOYS?????
    Catholic school and kids suppose to be safer there, I wonder what the Master will. Do to the big shots on their judgement day?
    Just sick.

  2. Jennifer wilson Jennifer wilson June 22, 2021

    I am very sorry for your loss. My son has been bulled as well. No counseling is going to help being bullied. Its the kids bulling that needs it. As we was raised you know its that it will pass but now days it don’t they turn to other things to nake it stop and how horrible it had to have been for his sister to find him (hug) my god heal your heart much love from a bullied kids mom.

  3. Natalea McCaughrin Natalea McCaughrin July 23, 2021

    I am devastated for Daniel.
    I pray that The Lord will comfort and care for his family during this terrible time.
    However, the brutality of bullying is not new. Students have been mistreated by their peers for a century or more, probably since the advent of public education.
    I remember an equally tragic case about which I read in People magazine, twenty-four years ago. British schoolgirl Kelly Yeomans, also thirteen, was persecuted about her weight and held hostage in her home. Sadly, her parents did not believe her when she apprised them that she was going to overdose, until her father could not awaken her for school the following morning.
    The compilation of a roster of all of the poor young people who have attempted or committed suicide because of bullying would be impossible.
    However, we still should implore The Lord to be merciful to the souls of these victims, and their relatives. We also should enforce stronger punishments for bullies, to deter them from committing such cruelties.
    I hope that the families of the departed will find some peace in the fact that, someday, their souls will be reunited in Paradise. 🙏🏻😔💔🌥

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