A 13-year-old California girl reportedly committed suicide last month after being mercilessly bullied for two years.
Speaking with KNBC, Freddie Avila revealed that he found his daughter, Rosalie Avila, hanging in her room on November 28. The teen reportedly left behind a note where she called herself “ugly” and a “loser” and apologized for carrying out the act.
“My daughter had the whole world,” Freddie said through tears.
“Now, I just have to think about what she could have done or what she could have become. Now it’s just a memory.”
The 13-year-old was transported in critical condition to Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, where she was taken off of life support on December 1.
The girl’s mother, Charlene Avila, told KABC-TV that they had Rosalie had undergone counseling but that social media continued to be a huge source of bullying.
Freddie recalled an instance in which Rosalie came home upset because she was being teased about her teeth. He claimed he told her that the braces she was wearing would come off soon and she responded, “Yeah, but my teeth are straight and they’re still making fun of me,” the station reported.
In a statement, Mesa View Middle School expressed condolences to the family and said that crisis counselors would be available for students affected by Rosalie’s death. Notably, the statement failed to mention the bullying the middle schooler allegedly experienced.
“No one can fathom the heartbreak and confusion that we are certain many of our students and their families are feeling right now, especially the families of those students that have been most closely struck by this event,” officials wrote.
“The District Board of Education, its administration, and staff are all united in care and concern for those affected by this tragedy.”
The victim’s aunt, Sandra Zebaneh, told KABC-TV that the middle school was aware of the bullying and that Rosalie was in counseling. The teen reportedly kept a journal documenting the bullying she experienced and the names of her tormentors.
“It’s not right to bully other kids,” Zebaneh said. “It’s not right to call them names, not right to make fun of what they are wearing.”
“It’s horrible. Please stop the bullying.”
[Featured Image: Rosalie Avila/KNBC]