The father of the 13-year-old Staten Island boy who committed suicide earlier this week slammed his son’s bullies in a heartbreaking Facebook video.
Daniel “Danny” Fitzpatrick’s dad, also named Daniel, was in tears on Saturday, August 13, as he opened up about the loss of his young son, who was teased for his weight and school grades before he hanged himself on Thursday, August 11.
“My son’s stories are out there for the world to see, and for the world to know the pain that he went through,” Daniel, 45, told his Facebook friends on Saturday morning, in a video that now has more than 14,000 views. “I miss my son very much. No parent should have to bury their child. No child should have to go through what my son went through.”
He continued, “He and I went to the school, went to the principal. All I got was, and all he got was, ‘He’ll be fine. Is he in counseling? You have to try harder, Danny. … These things will pass. Children can be such horrible creatures.’ They ain’t creatures — they’re monsters. Disgusting little monsters.”
“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 said with tears in his eyes. “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.”
Danny — who his father said “didn’t have a mean bone in his body” — was found dead, hanging with a belt around his neck, by his older sister in the attic of the Fitzpatrick family’s home on Thursday. He left a two-page suicide note, writing, "I gave up," adding, "The teachers … they didn’t do anything."
“Bullying, unfortunately, is an epidemic,” Daniel continued in his video. “Because someone may be heavy, skinny, small, may have a large nose, big teeth, big ears, could be gay. But it ain’t right. It ain’t right at all. These people have feelings. Because they’re different from you, that gives you the right? You’re not cool. You’re disgusting.”
A GoFundMe page was set up in Danny’s memory on Friday, August 12, to give the young boy a “proper memorial” and to “shine a bright light” on bullying. The page has since raised more than $36,000.
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