“One of the biggest reasons why I killed myself is to prevent suicides…I want to prevent anyone I can from hurting.”
These are the heart-wrenching words Kennedy LeRoy wrote prior to committing suicide in his bedroom on Friday, June 12. According to CBS Los Angeles, Kennedy was a 16-year-old high school student with Asperger’s Syndrome. Although he assured his parents everything was fine in order to keep up the facade he’d meticulously created, inside he suffered from something that ultimately influenced his decision to commit suicide.
In addition to his struggle with the developmental disorder, he also had a number of other mounting issues. The Ayala High School sophomore had bouts with depression as a result of relentless bullying. Like many other bullied teens, Kennedy suffered in silence because he refused to tell his parents about the problems he faced — until now.
His parents were left with broken hearts and a two-page suicide letter that explained his reason for committing suicide. Kennedy desired to be a martyr for others who are constantly victimized by bullies. He hopes that his death serves a purpose that will make others reassess their actions before subjecting an innocent person to ridicule for the sake of a laugh.
Kennedy also described the magnitude of hurtful words that have the ability to cause more pain than a physical hit. His father, Chris LeRoy, recently shared parts of the agonizing letter during a news interview with local reporters.
“Maybe my death will make people realize that words can hurt as much as, if not more than, physical blows. I want to prevent anyone I can from hurting.”
The grieving father also spoke on behalf of the family with local news reporters, reports Opposing Views. Needless to say, they are extremely devastated by Kennedy’s decision, but the letter only adds to their anguish. Although his son was tormented by bullies at school, the family does not blame the school for Kennedy’s suicide.
“We just don’t want any family to ever go through this…My wife and I felt very comfortable with how he was dealing with the depression and bullying and stuff like that. He would always confide in us…We thought we were doing the best we could…The school thought they were doing the best we could, we can’t fault them…If his death could save somebody else, that’s what he was looking for.”
Although the family grieves for Kennedy, they hope his story changes lives for the better. Hopefully, he can prevent others from suffering the way he did.
“We felt like a term he used was an ‘Impact.’ He could sense pain from other people and take it away,” the father said. “He wants (the note) plastered out there. If he can save a life by bringing it to everyone’s attention, he will.”
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