I know that some of my friends have already seen this video as it has been passed around on Facebook. If you have not seen it, I STRONGLY encourage you to watch all seven minutes of it.
This is Daniel Briggs. For nine years of his school career he was bullied and taunted for being different. By that I mean having different interest than most kids. He enjoyed hunting and trapping which was something kids at his school weren’t particularly in to. He was kind and always helped others when he could. But he truly suffered from the daily bullying and taunting from the other kids. When it first started he would tell his parents and they of course would take it straight to the school officials. From there a kid would get suspended or minor consequences here and there but it also gave the bullies more to play off of. From there he was called a baby for running to his parents. At that point what good is it to tell anyone? What good could come from asking for help?
On Daniels last day on earth, he received a text message from an other student that read
“Why don’t you take one of your precious guns and do the world a favor and go kill yourself.”
Daniel responded with, “You won’t have to worry about me anymore, I’m going to go home and kill myself.”
The bully replied, “put up or shut up.”
Take a moment to let that sink in.
That day Daniel went around school and made comments to students, teachers, and even his bus driver that he was not going to be around any longer. His parents were at his brothers basketball game so he knew he’d be alone. He made one last call to his best friend. His friend kept him on the phone as long as possible and in the mean time had his parents in a desperate race to notify his parents to help him but in the end they were too late.
His death was an effect of bullying.
This mothers story is heart wrenching and no mother should have to grieve over something so preventable! Currently she has a lawsuit out on the school, Thousand Island Central, and many officials for the death of her son. Click Here to see how the officials have fought against the lawsuit. However, I think her blame is misplaced.
The child that sent that text message is 100% the reason why her son is no longer alive. I strongly believe that anyone that encourages another person to do harm to themselves should most definitely go to prison and be charged with some degree of murder. We need to hold the bullies accountable! If they cause a death by encouraging it they need to pay for it! Here you can read about a case where the girlfriend of an 18 year old boy researched and encouraged her boyfriend on how and when to kill himself. She is now facing murder charges, as she should!
If you are reading this please remember this and NEVER be the reason behind someones suffering. If you see or know of someone struggling from persistent bullying be their voice, friend, positive motivator. Anything to help them not feel like life is hopeless. If you are the parent of a child being aggressively bullied DO NOT be hesitant to remove your child from the school and enroll them in a new setting. It may seem silly to uproot your family but I’m talking about just trying a different district. I can assure you it is a much better alternative to losing your child. If you are the one contemplating suicide because of school bullying remember that this is only temporary. In a few short years you will graduate and never see those faces again. Also remember you can ALWAYS call the free suicide hotline at 1-800-273-8255 for nothing more than an open ear. People are available 24/7 for YOU.
I personally have had friends that have killed themselves at young ages. I’ve seen the pain on their mothers face, and closest friends, for not seeing the pain their loved one was in. One of my biggest fears as a mother is that I will not see the hurt in my own children. And that one of them won’t know how loved they are and feel that ending their life is the answer. Logan, Amelia- If one of you ever see this, I love you my babies. Always.