He was only 13 years old when he committed suicide because of bullying - his farewell letter shakes up

His mother says: "I don't know how I got away with it. Why I couldn't save my son."

Danny Fitzpatrick is only 13 years old. Like so many children, he was bullied and raised in school by classmates. Until he couldn't take it anymore and took his own life. He hanged himself in his home in Staten Island, New York. One of his three sisters found the dead boy a short time later.


Danny left his family an emotional farewell letter in which he recounted his experiences at school and what made him take the dramatic step:

"At first everything was fine. I had a lot of friends, good grades and a good life. But then we moved and when I came back everything was different. My old friends have changed, they stopped talking to me, they didn't even like me anymore."


His mother Maureen reports that his classmates did not leave him alone after school. They followed him home and asked him to fight them. But Danny didn't want that, his mother tells American media. "My son just wanted some friends. He needed a friend. A single one would have been enough and then I think everything would have been okay, "said Maureen.


Even after Danny's parents were in conversation with the school management, nothing changed in the situation in which the 13-year-old had to live. The school referred to therapists and to the fact that children can sometimes just be cruel. "He'll get over it," said the school, according to Danny's father.

Danny's father, Daniel, now addresses the school and the parents of the other children in a Facebook video. His message is the following:

All I can say is, I hope you never have to experience what my family is going through. You can hug your children every night and every day for the rest of your life. I can not do this anymore. Parents shouldn't have to bury their child. No child should have to go through what my son went through."


Danny's family has now set up a crowdfunding page to help pay for Danny's funeral expenses. In just three days, the family has already exceeded their set goal.

Mother Maureen Fitzpatrick blames herself very much. "I don't know how I could have missed that. Why I couldn't save my son. My son would have to sit here on the couch and tell the story himself, "says the mother.

It is a tragic incident that could have been avoided. Instead, however, a helpless boy lost his life far too soon. Our hearts go out to Danny's family and hope this story opens eyes to schools and bullies around the world.