STATEN ISLAND, New York — A teenager who killed himself after saying he was bullied at school left behind a note describing his heartbreaking story.
The New York Daily News reports that Daniel Fitzpatrick, 13, was found dead Thursday by his sister in the attic of their home.
Fitzpatrick was a student at Holy Angels Catholic Academy. He was set to start at a new school this fall; his family says Holy Angels recommended he transfer to another school to repeat seventh grade.
Fitzpatrick wrote his letter in early July. It was posted on Facebook by a friend of the Fitzpatrick family.
The letter starts out:
“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 a 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.”
He said in the letter that a group of other boys bullied him, and he ended up fighting one of them. He said the bullying continued. He said in the letter that all teachers wouldn’t help him but one who “did something, but it didn’t last.”
“I wanted to get out. I begged and pleaded eventually I did get I failed but I didn’t care. I was out that’s all I wanted,” he said.
Fitzpatrick’s family said they reported the issues to school administrators, but nothing was done to help.
A spokesperson for the Brooklyn/Queens Diocese would not confirm the bullying allegations. She did say this to The New York Daily News:
“In light of this tragedy we are reexamining all bullying prevention policies and training. The principal, teachers, and staff of Holy Angels Catholic Academy are heartbroken over the loss of Danny Fitzpatrick. We take the issue of bullying very seriously and address every incident that is brought to our attention.”
Fitzpatrick will be laid to rest next week. A GoFundMe account has been set up to help with funeral expenses.