STATEN ISLAND, New York — The father of a 13-year-old boy who killed himself after being bullied at school is reacting in emotional videos on Facebook.
Daniel Fitzpatrick’s son, Danny, was found dead Thursday in the attic of their Staten Island home. He’d been bullied at school, and a letter he wrote about it before his death recently went viral.
“Children can be such horrible creatures…To the parents of the boys that tormented my son, all I have to say is I hope you never, never have to feel what my family is going through right now,” Daniel Fitzpatrick said in one of his videos.
**Some of the language used in the video seen below may be considered offensive**
Danny 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.
The New York Daily News reports that Fitzpatrick wrote an emotional letter about his experience in early July. It was posted on Facebook by a friend of the Fitzpatrick family after he died.
His 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.”
Danny 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.
Danny’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.”
Daniel Fitzpatrick said in his Saturday Facebook video:
“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.”
Daniel posted another Facebook Live video Monday to thank the support his family has gotten from all over the country.
“We all gravitated to him…we all loved him very much,” he said. “I’m going to miss him. I’m going to miss him. I would trade places with him in a heartbeat. I would.”