Heartbroken Father lashes out after his 13 year-old commits suicide [VIDEO]

Heartbroken Father lashes out after his 13 year-old commits suicide [VIDEO]

This is so very sad. A 13 year-old boy hung himself in his family’s attic because he could not take the bullying from classmates anymore. His older sister found him and how horrific that must have been for her. His father gave a heart-rending account of his loss and you can’t help but feel for his grief.

Having said that and at the risk of sounding somewhat callous, I have several points here.

The child had gone to the school administrators and had told them of the bullying. They had given him three counseling sessions and then had to get the permission of the parents for more. Why weren’t the bullies expelled? Why was the only remedy counseling for the child? And on the other side, why did his parents not allow the school to help him more on a personal basis? Was it out of fear or pride? One thing that ticked me off when I read this was the fact that it looked like the school laid the blame for the child’s death on the parents because they would not consent to counseling. Trust me… there is more than enough blame on both sides of this tragedy to go around.

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From New York Daily News:

The shattered father of the 13-year-old Staten Island boy bullied into committing suicide has a message for his son’s tormentors — and bullies everywhere.

Daniel Fitzpatrick’s dad poured his heart out in an emotional Facebook video Saturday as he thanked people for their support in the wake of the tragedy.

But the grieving parent also addressed the kids he says teased his son over his weight, grades and innocence — driving the teen to hang himself.

“I hope the memory of what you’ve done to my son is burned in your brain for the rest of your life and you suffer as much as he has suffered under your bulls–t,” dad Daniel Fitzpatrick said as he wiped away tears.

Daniel’s grief-stricken father went on a rant: “If I ever see any goddamn child in my life from now on, and I witness and I see them getting bullied, doesn’t matter if its a boy, girl, straight, bi, whatever, transgender,” Fitzpatrick warned. “To the bully, I will knock you the f–k out. And how do you think it will make you feel?” So, naturally the media is using this as a platform in defense of gays and transgenders after this utterance. I’m sure the father meant to be inclusive here, but it sounds political and violent to me.

He had words for the bully’s parents too: “To the parents of the boys that tormented my son, all I have to say is I hope you never have to feel what my family is going through right now,” Fitzpatrick said. “You get to hold your children every night and 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.” That part I agree with and the five boys who drove the child to his end should be dealt with accordingly.

May Daniel find peace and his family find some comfort over time. How do you ever sanely deal with the loss of a child like this? I suspect there were problems at home for this boy that we don’t know about as well. He’s gone now and it didn’t have to happen. All the condolences from the school mean nothing now.

A GoFundMe page has been set up seeking to give Daniel “a proper memorial, as well as shine a bright light on the bullying that killed him.” The page, started by Daniel’s sister Eileen, raised more than $40,000 in less than 24 hours. The original goal was $10,000. A funeral Mass for Daniel will take place Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Castleton and North Burgher Aves., S.I.

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