Daniel Fitzpatrick, a thirteen-year-old, hanged himself after relentless bullying at his school. He had started a new school year hoping that things would have changed, but they hadn’t. He was still a victim of bullying, and he obviously couldn’t stand it any more.
He left a suicide note that his parents have made public, in the hopes of raising awareness about bullying. This is what the note reads (the names have been redacted).
“I am writing this letter to tell about my experience in Holy Angels Catholic Academy.
“At first it was good lots of friends, good grades and great life but I moved and went back but it was different. My old friends changed they didn’t talk to me they didn’t even like me. 6th grade comes [redacted] my “friend” he failed and I failed too. But [redacted] took it out on me. He bullied me along with [redacted]. They did it constantly until I went into a fight with [redacted] everyone stopped except [redacted] he was angry. I ended getting x-rays for my pinkie from [redacted]. I ended up fighting [redacted] and got a fractured pinkie. He got into a lot of trouble as for me, no trouble at all. But they continued, I gave up the teachers either they didn’t do ANYTHING!
“Not getting them in trouble even though they did trouble, I got in trouble instead. [Redacted] was mad at me because he believed I failed him. Mrs. [redacted] didn’t do anything. I told all the teachers nothing except one, Ms. [redacted]. She was the nicest teacher ever she understood and did something but it didn’t last long.” In the end, Daniel shows relief at finally “being out.”
“My son shouldn’t have to die to be heard. There’s something wrong with the adults in authority positions when kids can’t go to them for help.”
“No parent is supposed to bury their child.”
Our heart goes out to Daniel’s family.