‘I Gave Up’: Bullied 13 Year Old Takes His Life, Says Catholic School Teachers Did Nothing to Help
New York City Teen’s Note, and His Family, Describe Pattern of Abuse and Bullying From Students and Staff
13-year oldÂ Daniel Fitzpatrick took his life Thursday, after leaving a note accusing his fellow classmates of relentless bullying and physical abuse, and his teachers atÂ Holy Angels Catholic Academy in Brooklyn of ignoring the attacks. Daniel’s sister found him in the attic of the family’s Staten Island home.Â
Daniel, in his note, which the New York Daily News published, says his friends turned on him and “constantly” bullied him. He describes fights with his fellow classmates, and says the bullying “continued.”Â
“I gave up,” Daniel wrote. The teachers, he says, “they didn’t do ANYTHING!” He adds, “I told all the teachers,” and says only one helped him, but her efforts “didn’t last long.”
The note concludes, “I wanted to get out. I begged and pleaded. Eventually I did,” he writes. “I failed but I didn’t care I was out that’s all [I] wanted.”
Holy Angels Catholic Academy in June returned the family’s registration check, telling Daniel’s parents he needed to repeat 7th grade but should do so elsewhere. The school maintains it takes bullying very seriously and through a spokesperson says it believesÂ it did everything possible for Daniel.
“Daniel’s complaints about bullying did not fall upon deaf ears,” Carolyn Erstad said at a press conference. “The principal believes she did everything in her power to help Daniel, and to deal with any students accused of bullying.”
The Daily News reports Daniel’s father “said the principal told him she didnâ€™t think Holy Angels would be a ‘good environment’ for Daniel to be a grade behind, that it might ‘damage his psyche.'” Daniel’s father blames the bullying for his son’s performance, saying the teen’s “confidence was completely shattered.”
Daniel’s parents “said the boys targeted him during gym class, often throwing balls at him. A teacher also embarrassed Daniel by calling him ‘lazy’ in front of the class, the boyâ€™s father alleged.” Daniel’s 17-year old sister, who found him in the attic, also attendedÂ Holy Angels and “and said the teacher was known for humiliating students.”
“He would hold up tests and papers at school dismissal, publicly displaying studentsâ€™ scores to embarrass those who did poorly,” she said.
Daniel’s mother told the News,Â â€œDanny said that he was afraid of his teachers.â€
â€œHe felt like the whole school knew what was going on and was laughing behind his back. They humiliated him.â€
â€œMy son is not supposed to be dead,â€ she said. â€œMy son is supposed to be playing football. My son is supposed to be home with his family.â€Â
Daniel’s father posted this video to Facebook, saying he misses his son whoÂ son “was a kind, gentle little soul” and “didn’t have a mean bone in his body.”
“You get to hold your children every night and day for the rest of your lives and their natural lives,” he said to fellow parents. “I don’t get that anymore,” he added.
Posted by Daniel Fitzpatrick on Saturday, August 13, 2016
CBS News reports the “NYPD confirms they are investigating.”
One of Daniel’s sisters created a GoFundMe page so the family can honor his life in “a proper memorial, as well as shine a bright light on the bullying that killed him.”
“My brother was thirteen years old, he did not have life insurance, because he wasnt supposed to die. This was a very unexpected tragedy for my family and we were not prepared for it.”
She asked for $10,000 on August 12. As of this writing the fund has received over $70,000. A note on the GoFundMe page says they are looking for an “organization that fights bullying and encourages suicide awareness” to donate to.
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, there are many people available to help. Call 911 if there is an immediate risk.Â
You can contactÂ theÂ National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, or call them atÂ 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
States offerÂ federally-funded free or low-cost mental health services. Use theÂ SAMSHA locatorÂ or callÂ 1-800-662-4357.
The Trevor Project helps LGBTQ young people 13-24. Visit themÂ onlineÂ or callÂ 1-866-488-7386. The Trevor Project is also onÂ TwitterÂ andÂ Facebook.
Image viaÂ GoFundMe
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Extremist Group Targets Florida High School’s Yearbook Over Inclusion of LGBTQ Students Section
The publication of a Florida high school yearbook that included an LGBTQ section has drawn rebuke from a conservative group, The Orlando Sentinel reports.
Lyman High School’s 256-page yearbook includes two pages that highlight the school’s LGBTQ students and features gender identity terms such as “genderfluid” and “nonbinary.”
The Seminole County Public Schools in response to the criticism is offering to issue refunds or reprint the yearbook without the LGBTQ section that the conservative Seminole County Moms for Liberty claims is offensive.
“They shouldn’t have any sexual definitions in a yearbook,” the group’s chapter chair Jessica Tillmann told The Sentinel.
“This is a yearbook that goes to every student as young as 14.”
The school’s yearbook is stirring controversy for a second straight year after the district in 2022 considered putting stickers over photos of a student walkout protesting the so-called “don’t say gay” law, the report said.
The Sentinel’s Skyler Swisher reports that “An LGBTQ+ section in this year’s yearbook includes a picture of members of the student’s Gay-Straight Alliance, definitions of key LGBTQ+ terms, a passage on the evolution of pronouns and a profile of a student who advocates for the LGBTQ+ community.”
Danielle Pomeranz, the school yearbook’s faculty advisor, isn’t on board with the district’s decision to remove the LGBTQ content.
“They are definitions,” Pomeranz told The Sentinel.
“They are not teaching anything about sex at all. … Nobody is teaching anybody about sex acts. It is ridiculous.”
Pomeranz has since resigned from her position in the district, citing in part the Sunshine State’s political climate and an unsupportive district, the report said.
“We’ve always had the LGBTQ+ spread in there,” she said.
“Our job as journalists and members of the yearbook staff is to provide coverage of the entire school and that includes all of the communities, including the LGBTQ+ community.”
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RIGHT WING EXTREMISM
‘No Longer the Lord’s Chicken’: ‘Christian Woman’ Says She’s ‘Grieving’ Over ‘Woke’ Chick-fil-A Hiring a Diversity Officer
A self-described “Christian woman” who is a contributor to the far-right wing students organization Turning Point USA, is being widely mocked for posting a video attacking Chick-fil-A over claims the conservative, privately-owned, faith-based fast food restaurant chain recently hired a diversity officer.
“So I’m grieving,” the video, apparently by Morgonn McMichael (below), begins. “It’s lunchtime. I’m here with Aubrey. And we really wanted some Chick-fil-A but because they decided to hire a diversity, equity and inclusion corporate position, and also bow down to the woke lord because their ESG scores, and also I found out do you know their chicken is funded by BlackRock and Vanguard? Yeah their farms, they use Tyson and this other farm, BlackRock and Vanguard funded chicken.”
If you think that’s a mouthful just wait, there’s more.
“Chick-fil-A,” Morgonn continues, “you are no longer the Lord’s chicken. You’re actually the woke chicken and I’m really upset about it as a Christian woman. All we wanted was some good fried chicken so now we’re gonna go to Cane’s, we’re going to try it out.”
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Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers is a Louisiana-based fast food restaurant with 600 locations in the U.S. and Western Asia.
“This is really difficult because there’s a Chick-fil-A is across the street. Now eating chicken fingers instead of chicken nuggets. I know, first world Christian woman problems, but no one will ever understand the love that I had for Chick-fil-A.”
“You know, we’re taking this boycott Chick-fil-A thing seriously, and it’s really difficult.”
The video was posted to Twitter by the anonymous group PatriotTakes, which has been described as a liberal political action committee. It quickly went viral, garnering over 2 million views in just eight hours. Late Friday afternoon Morgonn tweeted, “sarcasm and satire are things the left doesn’t seem to understand.”
For those who don’t know, Turning Point USA, a far-right Christian nationalist organization, was founded by the ultra-MAGA Charlie Kirk, now a member of the highly-secretive Council for National Policy.
CNP’s membership list also includes former Trump attorney, ally, and advisor Cleta Mitchell, and Ginni Thomas.
“CNP members range from the leaders of the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society, to the Southern Poverty Law Center designated anti-LGBTQ hate groups Family Research Council and Alliance Defending Freedom,” Documented reported last year.
Turning Point USA was in the news last week after Rolling Stone reported: “Charlie Kirk’s TPUSA Teamed Up With a Registered Sex Offender.”
Meanwhile, over at TPUSA, Morgonn McMichael’s bio says she is “a Gen Z social media influencer from Texas whose effort to empower and inspire America’s next generation of young conservative female leaders through patriotic online video content has amassed over 100,000 unique social media impressions every week on Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, and more.”
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“Morgonn has dedicated the last year promoting freedom of speech, religious liberty, personal responsibility, and limited government both online and across TPUSA campus chapters. Morgonn has also reached tens of thousands of viewers of all ages with her articles and appearances on Newsmax, Real America’s Voice, OAN, and Breitbart, offering insightful cultural commentary into the most pressing issues concerning young conservatives today.”
Apparently, Chick-fil-A’s diversity officer (more on that next) is one of “the most pressing issues concerning young conservatives today.”
Morgonn did claim Chick-fil-A “decided to hire a diversity, equity and inclusion” officer.
Well, stunningly, the company – long known for its hate-filled attacks on same-sex marriage – did, over a year ago.
A USA Today fact check found Chick-fil-A hired Erick McReynolds, its vice president of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, more than a year and a half ago. The company even has a DEI page featuring him on its corporate website.
PatriotTakes also tweeted, “TPUSA Contributor Morgonn, who is now calling for a boycott of Chick-fil-a, previously said, Cancel culture is toxic’ and ‘needs to be canceled.'”
As some social media users pointed out, Cane’s Chicken Fingers is very pro-LGBTQ.
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“Since its inception in the early 2000s, Raising Cane’s has been a strong supporter of the LGBT community,” San Diego Gay & Lesbian News (SDGLN) reported in November. “The chicken chain was one of the first companies to offer domestic partner benefits to its employees and has been a vocal advocate for LGBT rights. In 2015, Raising Cane’s was named one of the best places to work for LGBT Equality by the Human Rights Campaign.”
In response to Morgonn’s video, Mississippi Free Press editor Ashton Pittman posted this screenshot from a Raising Cane’s tweet:
Does she know? https://t.co/JWFCMZmdYB pic.twitter.com/sjyvvKRMPL
— Ashton Pittman 🏳️🌈 (@ashtonpittman) June 2, 2023
Over at TPUSA, Morgonn has written content including a piece titled, “Disney’s Male Employee in a Dress Sparks Outrage,” that begins, “At Disney, anyone can be a princess — even a grown man.”
Also, “Disney in Decline: Company Loses Billions Due to Woke Agenda.”
Noted actor and activist George Takei weighed in, tweeting simply, “They’ve lost their goddamned minds.”
Watch Morgonn below or at this link.
A TPUSA Contributor learned Chick-Fil-A has a diversity, equity and inclusion officer:
“Chick-Fil-A you are no longer the Lord’s chicken. You’re actually the woke chicken and I’m really upset about it as a Christian woman.…We’re taking this boycott Chick-Fil-A thing seriously.” pic.twitter.com/oFMCSeR2ie
— PatriotTakes 🇺🇸 (@patriottakes) June 2, 2023
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Biden is being credited for smart and savvy negotiations while keeping out of the public eye and allowing Republicans to control the narrative, while steering the agreement to one best for the American people.
Even Speaker Kevin McCarthy “conceded that he had been impressed with Biden’s negotiating team during the talks, calling them ‘very professional, very smart’ and ‘very tough at the same time,'” HuffPost reported Wednesday.
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