No way, shape, or form of bullying should be acceptable in any way. That is why 16-year-old Daniel J. Briggs from Lafarge, New York’s act of taking his own life is heartbreaking.
Bullying can make children feel lonely, terrified, hurt, and sad. When parents do not check them up, these feelings can escalate to worse problems such as depression, anxiety, and eventually suicidal thoughts.
In a Youtube video by Champion of Choices, Amy J. Briggs heartbreakingly shares the story of Daniel. The video has gone viral, with nearly 10 million views.
In the video, Amy shares that for most of Daniel’s school life, he was constantly bullied because he did not fit in with most of his schoolmates. She states that he “had a soft side of him that was second-to-none-for a kid his age.” He also had different interests such as hunting and trapping.
The bullying also started verbally but as he grew up, they became physical as bullies would force Daniel to lick the school’s bus window. They would also throw trash at him, and even hit his stomach.
While Daniel’s parents reached out to the school to alleviate the situation, there were no actions taken.
What then led Daniel to take his own life was a text from one of the students who bullied him. The text reads, “Why don’t you take one of your precious guns and do the world a favor and go kill yourself.”
Daniel then responded, “You won’t have to worry about me anymore, I’m going to go home and kill myself.”
The last reply from the bully had been, “Put up or shut up.”
Daniel then told some people in his class and on the bus on the way home on March 3, 2014 that he was going to kill himself.
Few believed him, however, and when Daniel went home, he shot himself with one of his shotgun, dying two months just before he was supposed to turn 17 years old.
“I just wish he knew how much he meant to so many people. He did matter. He does matter, We will never recover from this,” Amy states.