‘Children can be such horrible creatures’: Heartbroken father reacts to son’s suicide from relentless bullying

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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - A 13-year-old New York boy killed himself last week — overwhelmed by unbearable bullying by his classmates — an ordeal the child detailed in a heartbreaking letter he intended to send to school officials.

Danny Fitzpatrick left behind a note saying multiple classmates harassed him.

"They did it constantly until I went into a fight," he said.

He wrote that when he went to his teachers for help, they didn't do much to protect him from the abuse, WPIX reports.

"But they continued. I gave up. The teachers either(sic) they didn't do anything! Not get them in trouble even though they did trouble, I got in trouble instead," Fitzpatrick wrote in the letter.

He said eventually one teacher did step up to help, but "it didn't last long."

"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 wrote at the end.

Danny's father, Daniel Fitzpatrick, said in a Facebook video that he even went to the school's principal to talk about the way his son was being treated at school.

Daniel said the principal told him that his son would "be fine," and that "these things will pass."

Danny hanged himself inside his home last week.

One of his three sisters found his body, WPIX reports.

"My son just wanted some friends," Maureen Fitzpatrick said. "He needed a friend. Even one friend, I think he would have been OK."

"I miss my son very much," Danny's dad said in his Facebook Live as he held back tears. "No parent should have to bury their child. No child should have to go through what my son went through."

“Children can be such horrible creatures,” he continued. “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.”

A spokeswoman for the school said a school guidance counselor was allowed to meet with Danny three times before asking consent from his parents to have more sessions.

Danny’s parents declined and said they decided to seek professional help for him instead.

"My son was distraught," his mother said. "I was pleading for help and they didn't take it seriously. It fell on deaf ears."

Danny's parents said their son wanted accountability.

"My son took his life to get his message out there," Daniel Fitzpatrick said.

"He wanted people to hear his story," Maureen Fitzpatrick said.


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