WARNING: This article contains distressing content
A father has taken to Facebook to deliver a heartbreaking message to the parents of his son’s bullies after the teen took his life.
Thirteen-year-old Daniel Fitzpatrick hung himself after the torment from his classmates became too much.
In a letter penned before his death, the teen revealed how his bullies targeted him for his weight and grades.
“At first it was good lots of friends, good grades, and great life but I moved and went back but it was different,” he wrote.
“My old friends changed they didn’t talk to me they didn’t even like me.”
He goes on to tell how despite getting into physical altercations, the bullying continued and his teachers did nothing to stop it.
His father, also called Daniel, responded to his son’s tragic death on Facebook Live.
“No parent should have to bury their child. No child should have to go through what my son went through,” he said.
“To the parents of the boys who tormented my son, all I have to say is I hope you never have to feel what my family is going through right now.
“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.
“I don’t know what else to say, I miss my son. All I want is to hear him say ‘good morning dad’ one more time, that way I can tell him ‘good morning, I love you’.”
The teenager’s Staten Island school in the US said they were re-examining their bullying policies.
A gofundme memorial fund has already raised $84,637 to help others affected by bullying.
If you are concerned about the mental health of yourself or a loved one, seek support and information by calling Lifeline 13 11 14, Mensline 1300 789 978, or Kids Helpline 1800 551 800.