Daniel Fitzpatrick was a 13 year old boy who attended a Catholic school in Brooklyn, New York. Daniel surrendered to bullying by hanging himself in the family attic. He was found by one of his sisters.
Danny’s suicide note makes it clear: He couldn’t face the bullying he was experiencing at school anymore.
When I started working as a volunteer in the ER of Nationwide Children’s Hospital I was devastated to learn that that they treat 5-6 attempted suicides each week. Why do kids trying to kill themselves?: #1. Bullying #2. Parental abuse.
Any teacher or school administrator who discounts a child’s complaints about bullying should be dismissed and their licensure to work in education revoked.