STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK – In the letter, Danny Fitzpatrick, 13, said teachers at Holy Angels Catholic School in Brooklyn didn’t protect him. His father posted a video on Facebook Saturday about meeting with school officials.
A 13-year-old New York boy killed himself last week after relentless bullying at school.
Danny Fitzpatrick left behind a note saying his classmates at Holy Angels Catholic Academy continually harassed him. When he went to his teachers for help, they didn’t do much to help him, he wrote. The note was written in July.
According to Danny, he moved away from school and when he came back, his “old” friends bullied him constantly until he was goaded into a fight. He wrote that he tried to get help but no one would listen.
“I gave up,” the teen wrote. “The teachers either they didn’t do ANYTHING. Not get them in trouble even though they did trouble, I got in trouble instead.”
One teacher did listen to him and try to help, but that didn’t last long.
“I wanted to get out. I begged and pleaded,” he wrote. “I failed, but I didn’t care. I was out. That’s all (I) wanted.”
Danny hanged himself at the family’s home in Staten Island. One of his sisters found his body Thursday. His father, Daniel Fitzpatrick, recorded a message on Facebook Live about his son’s death. He said the family went to the principal about problems at school only to be told that their son would be fine.
“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 said in the message.
“Children can be such horrible creatures,” he said. “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.”
He continued, “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’s mother, Maureen, said her son wanted accountability. 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.”