Earlier in the week, Freddie and Charlene Avila struggled with the decision to remove their 13-year-old daughter, Rosalie, off of life support.
Rosalie took her own life and left a note for her dad, telling him she couldn’t take the bullying any longer.
“I’m here today angry because my daughter is no longer with me and angry because of these bullies continuing to bully,” Freddie said.
Bullying has been around for centuries and has become an acceptable form of “kids will be kids.” If that sentence makes you angry, it should.
TRAGIC: A Riverside County family is in mourning after their 13-year-old daughter hanged herself. She took her own life because she was being bullied, and as Leah Uko found out when she spoke with family, the bullying apparently hasn't stopped.FULL STORY: bit.ly/2Ao8Dy6
Posted by FOX 7 Austin on Monday, December 4, 2017
It’s been only in recent years that people are speaking out against bullying and extending a hand to help those being bullied. School districts across the U.S. are putting their foot down with the perpetrators by doling out punishment when the bullies are caught, but is it enough?
As Freddie explained, the bullies that were so abusive to his beloved Rosalie – both at school and online – were suspended, but they continued to bully other kids as soon as they went back to school.
The Avila’s say dozens of people have reached out to them saying their children were also being bullied especially on social media.
So what do you do as a victim, a parent, a friend, an educator, or coach? Being able to identify that bullying is becoming a problem is a start.