A 13-year-old Staten Island boy, who took his own life after being bullied incessantly, left a devastating letter explaining that no one from his school helped him.
Daniel Fitzpatrick, who attended Holy Angels Catholic Academy, in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, was taunted over his weight and his grades. In the letter he left behind, Daniel explained that despite repeatedly asking for help, his pleas were ignored.
One of Daniel's three older sisters found him dead last week, in the attic of their family home.
"I gave up," Daniel wrote in the note, which his parents shared with Daily News. "The teachers . . . they didn't do anything," he said.
"My son shouldn't have to die to be heard," Daniel's mother, Maureen Fitzpatrick told Daily News. "There's something wrong with the adults in authority positions when kids can't go to them for help."
"No parent is supposed to bury their child."
In his letter, Daniel wrote that five boys had bullied him relentlessly.
"They did it constantly," he wrote. "I ended up fighting (one boy) and got a fractured pinkie."
Of all the teachers Daniel approached, only one helped the 13-year-old.
"I told all the teachers. Nothing except one Ms. D'Alora. She was the nicest teacher ever she understood," he said.
Ms Fitzpatrick described that Daniel was afraid of his teachers. "He felt like the whole school knew what was going on and was laughing behind his back. They humiliated him."
"My son is not supposed to be dead," she said. "My son is supposed to be playing football. My son is supposed to be home with his family."
In an emotional post to Facebook, Daniel's father broke down, saying, " I miss my son so much. No child should have to go through what my son when through."
"He and I went to the school, went to the Principal," he said. "All I got- all he got- was, 'you'll be fine. Is he in counseling? You have to try harder, Danny.'"
"They're monsters, disgusting little monsters," Mr Fitzpatrick said of his son's bullies.
Addressing the bullies' parents, he continued, "I hope you never have to feel what my family are going through right now. You get to hold your children every night and day for the rest of your lives and their natural lives. I don't get that anymore."
Describing Daniel as a kind and gentle little soul, Mr Fitzpatrick said "he didn't have a mean bone in his body. He was better than me."
"I have no words to describe the pain I'm feeling."
A GoFundMe Page set up to help provide Daniel with a proper memorial, "as well as shine a bright light on the bullying that killed him," raised over $127,000 – surpassing its goal of $10,000.
In an update to the page on Thursday, Daniel's oldest sister Eileen wrote, "Yesterday August 17th, we laid out sweet baby angel, Daniel Joseph Fitzpatrick to rest. We have been blown away with the responses from this campaign. Hearing all the kind words, well wishes and stories people from ALL over the world shared with us, helped my family get through this difficult time."
Eileen added that the family intends to create a non-profit in "Danny's" name "to help with the bullying issues and suicide awareness."
"Thank you for letting my brother's story touch your heart," she continued. "Thank you for sharing it. We are just getting started in fighting this fight, and we won't forget that it was thousands of strangers who helped us get our start. Sending so much love from us to each of you."
Brooklyn Archdiocese spokeswoman Carolyn Erstad told CBS News that they take the issue of bullying very seriously.
"Daniel's complaints about bullying did not fall upon deaf ears," Erstad said. "The principal believes she did everything in her power to help Daniel, and to deal with any students accused of bullying."
The NYPD are investigating Daniel's death.