Bullying is totally unacceptable in any way, shape, or form. The tragic story of 16-year-old Daniel J. Briggs, of Lafarge, New York, taking his own life will break anyone’s heart. If all bullies were to watch the video below and take his tearful mom’s message to heart, bullying could be just about wiped out.
Bullying can make a child feel lonely, hurt, terrified, and sad. If left unchecked, it can quickly escalate to depression, anxiety disorders, and suicidal thoughts, eventually leading to tragedy.
In the YouTube video posted by Champion of Choices, which has gone massively viral, racking up nearly 10 million views, Amy J. Briggs breaks down in tears as she shares the heart-wrenching story of her son, Daniel J. Briggs.
According to Amy, for the most part of his school life, her son Daniel was relentlessly bullied because he didn’t fit in with most kids. Daniel, who “had a soft side of him that was second-to-none for a kid his age,” had different interests—he liked hunting and trapping. That difference was enough to cause him to suffer physical and emotional abuse.
It started off with verbal bullying. Things became worse when he got older. He was physically attacked—the bullies would force him to lick a school bus window, toss trash at him, and hit him in the stomach.
“They looked for any little thing, just to make his life miserable,” said Amy.
To stop the bullying, Daniel’s parents reached out to the school numerous times but to no avail.
Daniel was tormented by bullies for years. What led to the Thousand Islands High School junior taking his own life out of desperation was a text he received from one of his bullies.
“Why don’t you take one of your precious guns and do the world a favor and go kill yourself,” the bully cruelly texted.
Apparently, these words hurt Daniel a great deal. He replied, saying: “You won’t have to worry about me anymore, I’m going to go home and kill myself.”
“Put up or shut up,” the bully responded.
Daniel, our hearts are heavy today as we mark the day that four years ago we received our last hugs from you, saw your…
That day on March 3, 2014, Daniel told several people whom he met in his class and on the bus that he was going to kill himself.
Few people believed him. Horrifyingly, after school, Daniel took one of his shotguns and ended his own life at approximately 5:30 p.m. He passed away two months before his 17th birthday.
Sadly, Daniel did not live to see that there are still students his age who care about him. These students sent Daniel’s mother letters following his demise.
“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,” said Amy.
Amy was looking through her 16-year-old son’s phone after he died, and found out that she didn’t know as much as she thought – she was left shaking.
Amy pleads to others to stop bullying when you become aware of it. Don’t wait, as it might have catastrophic results.
“When you know there’s somebody being bullied, don’t be a bystander,” Amy said. “You are just as guilty as the bullies when you standby and do nothing. You see it, you do something about it.”
Regrettably, children and youth committing suicide as a result of some form of bullying have become tragically common in the past decade. It is such a senseless loss when any young child takes their own life as an option to end their pain. The trail of broken hearts left behind may never mend…
We can all help our children become more open, communicate better, and put an end to bullying. Hopefully, steps will also be taken by schools worldwide to address bullying and halt this disturbing trend of children and teen suicides.
If bullying leads to you, or someone you know, thinking about suicide, please call the toll-free, 24-hour hotline of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 to seek support. You can also text Home to 741-741, the Crisis Text Line, from anywhere in the United States, anytime.
Remember, you’re not alone, as there’s always someone out there who cares.
Watch the video: