WEST BRIGHTON, Staten Island — A 13-year-old Staten Island boy committed suicide Thursday — 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 attended Holy Angels Catholic School in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, where his classmates harassed him. When he sought out his teachers for relief from his tormentors, they didn’t do much to protect him from the abuse, he wrote.
Fitzpatrick’s dad, Daniel Fitzpatrick, said in a Facebook Live video posted Saturday that the family went to the school’s principal and was told, “He’ll be fine.”
“You have to try harder Danny. Oh, I know, I know, these things will pass. Children can be such horrible creatures,” Fitzpatrick said the principal told him during that meeting.
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