California Teen Ends Life from Bullying

Posted on December 20, 2017 by

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Rosalie Avila was a thirteen-year-old girl who lost her life because of bullying. Rosalie’s bullying led to her loss of innocence. She attempted to commit suicide on 27 November 2017. She was declared brain dead on 1 December 2017 and was taken off life support on 4 December 2017.

Avila was found unconscious in her bedroom by her parents. She left notes apologizing to her parents for what she did.

“Sorry, Mom and Dad. I love you. Sorry, Mom, you’re gonna find me like this,” she wrote.

Rosalie also left journals detailing what she would go through at school that day.

“They told me I was ugly today,” Rosalie’s father, Freddie, said he read in the journal. “They were making fun of me today about my teeth.”

Not only did the bullying affect Rosalie, but the bullies also went after her parents. They tormented the Avilas by sending them pictures online which mocked their daughter’s death.

Some research indicates that there is a correlation between social media use and anxiety in young adults.

“Where bullying and cyberbullying is concerned, it is not a cause of suicide, but it is definitely a risk factor. When you are being harassed and intimidated in school and in any form on social media, it’s very difficult to get away from that,” Phyllis Alongi, clinical director for Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide, said.

Rosalie’s death has devastated her close-knit family, who enjoyed going to the park together on weekends for barbecues. Charlene said Rosalie’s five siblings are traumatized and can’t stand to be home because their last memory of Rosalie is of her after she ended her life in her room.

“They all said goodbye in their own way yesterday,” Rosalie’s father said.

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