Danny was a student at Holy Angels Catholic School in Brooklyn, New York. He was in the 7th grade.
Danny took his own life.
He was the victim of relentless bullying by others at his school. He was overwhelmed by it. He didn't see a clear path out of this situation.
Kids followed him from school calling him a baby and trying to provoke him into a fight.
Danny wrote a note before his death in which he stated that the officials at his school didn't do much to protect him from relentless harassment.
Danny's parents spoke to school officials asking for help but were told that everything would be fine and that the bullying would pass. One teacher apparently spoke up about the issue.
Obviously, there was not enough intervention on the part of this School's administration to prevent Danny from being overtaken by his tragic situation.
This young man was desperately in need of one school kid to step up and be his
|Saint Bernadette of Lourdes, who|
said: "I am ground like a grain of
wheat.", pray for Danny and for
all who are ground down by
To any teens who are reading this:
~ Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.
~ Do not contribute to another's downfall. Tomorrow or five years from now, it could be you who is being humiliated and scorned.
~There is never anything cool about human suffering.
If you are considering ending your life or if you just need someone to talk to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, day or night. A skilled counselor will be able to help you.
All school teachers and administrators have to be vigilant with regard to bullying. It is not a passing phase. It can be life-threatening. Stand up and speak up. Danny could have been your child.
Danny's family members have stated that they do not want their son to die in vain. They want a stop put to bullying in schools and elsewhere.
A funding site has been set up to help Danny's family with expenses. Funds not required for Danny's funeral will be donated to anti-bullying and suicide prevention groups.
Daniel's loved ones are devastated over his tragic and unnecessary death. He was a good kid. He did his best. Tragically, his spirit was crushed. He will be forever mourned.
Daniel is survived by many loving friends and family members including his parents and his sisters.
Pray for all who die young. They barely had a chance to live.
God save us from those who take joy in tormenting others. They are killing us, Father.
Pray that Daniel is in heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.