Overwhelmed by unbearable bullying by his classmates, a 13-year-old Staten Island boy committed suicide.
Danny Fitzpatrick attended Holy Angels Catholic School in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, where his classmates harassed him, seemingly to death, according to a note Danny left behind. When he sought out his teachers for relief from his tormentors, they didn't do much to protect him from the abuse.
Danny wrote a letter before his death that described the ordeal of dealing with bullies at Holy Angels Catholic School.
“He bullied me,” Danny wrote about one of his former friends. “They did it constantly until I went into a fight.”
“They didn’t do ANYTHING!” the boy wrote in his letter.
“I wanted to get out — I failed but I didn’t care I was out that’s all that matters.”
The teen said his experience at the school had started out well, but became a nightmare once he began being taunted.
“At first it was good lots of friends, good grades, great life,” he wrote. “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.”
Danny hanged himself at the family's home in Staten Island Thursday. His body was found by his 17-year-old sister Kristen, who found him with the belt around his neck and called for help, but it was too late.
"My son shouldn't have to die to be heard," Daniel's mother, Maureen, told reporters. "There's something wrong with the adults in authority positions when kids can't go to them for help."
"I miss my son very much," Danny's dad said in his Facebook Live as he held back tears. "No parent should have to bury their child. No child should have to go through what my son went through."
The Fitzgerald family was planning a funeral service for Monday at Harmon Funeral Home in West Brighton, and a GoFundMe page was set up to give him a “proper memorial to shine a bright light” on bullying.