Monica Lewinsky is offering her condolences to the family of Daniel “Danny” Fitzpatrick, the 13-year-old boy who committed suicide after being relentlessly bullied by a group of boys at his school.
On Monday, August 15, Lewinsky took to Twitter to share her heartbreak over the young boy’s tragic death with her more than 100,000 followers.
to see yet another story like this. RIP daniel; condolences to his family. we need to listen + care more. https://t.co/LJ8JM58xNh
— Monica Lewinsky (@MonicaLewinsky) August 15, 2016
Monica later shared another tweet about the GoFundMe page that was set up by Daniel’s family to help pay for his funeral expenses. The campaign was originally set up solely to pay for a proper memorial for Fitzpatrick, but the $10,000 goal was quickly surpassed, and now the family said they would be donating part of the $115,000 to “an organization that fights bullying and encourages suicide awareness.”
“We have not chosen any yet, seeing as we are still dealing with preparations for my brother,” Eileen Fitzpatrick, Daniel’s oldest sister, wrote. “We have every intention to help other families never go through what we are going through. We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for helping us and hearing his story.”
To donate to Daniel’s funeral costs (and to anti-bullying charity): https://t.co/w1h2tUz3Ol
This should never, ever, ever happen.
— Arda Ocal (@ArdaOcalTV) August 16, 2016
As the Inquisitr previously reported, Daniel Fitzpatrick was discovered hanging in his attic by his 17-year-old sister Kristen at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 11. Although Kristen immediately called for help, it was too late, and Daniel was gone.
Following his death, the Fitzpatrick family found a heartbreaking suicide note Daniel had written several weeks before taking his own life. In the note, Daniel detailed the bullying he had been enduring at Holy Angels Catholic Academy. He said a group of five boys tormented him constantly, and none of the teachers would help him, even after he told them about the bullying.
“At first it was good lots of friends, good grades, great life,” he wrote. “I moved and went back but it was different. My old friends changed they didn’t talk to me they didn’t even like me.”
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“I gave up,” Fitzpatrick wrote in his suicide letter that his parents shared exclusively with the New York Daily News.“They did it constantly. I ended up fighting (one boy) and got a fractured pinkie.”
According to Daniel’s letter, he repeatedly told his teachers what was going on, and only one even attempted to help him.
The teachers either they didn’t do ANYTHING!” he wrote. “I told all the teachers. Nothing except one Ms. D’Alora. She was the nicest teacher ever she understood and did something but it didn’t last.”
“I gave up, the teachers didn’t do anything”
13yrs #DanielFitzpatrick commits suicide after being bullied in school pic.twitter.com/SVRzhoP1bD
— أيمن الدريس (@aymanaldrees) August 15, 2016
“My son shouldn’t have to die to be heard,” his mother, Maureen Fitzpatrick, said. “There’s something wrong with the adults in authority positions when kids can’t go to them for help. No parent is supposed to bury their child.”
“In light of this tragedy we are reexamining all bullying prevention policies and training,” spokeswoman for the Brooklyn/Queens Diocese Carolyn Erstad said. “The principal, teachers, and staff of Holy Angels Catholic Academy are heartbroken over the loss of Danny Fitzpatrick. We take the issue of bullying very seriously and address every incident that is brought to our attention.”
— Zesty New York News (@zesty_NY) August 15, 2016
Daniel’s funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, August 17 at the Sacred Heart R.C. Church in Staten Island. The funeral will be open to the public.
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