SEE IT: Dad of S.I. boy who hanged himself lashes out at bullies
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Saturday, August 13, 2016, 2:02 PM
The heartbroken dad of the 13-year-old Staten Island boy bullied into committing suicide has a message for his son’s tormentors — and bullies everywhere.
Daniel Fitzpatrick’s father poured his heart out in an emotional Facebook video Saturday as he thanked people for their support in the wake of the tragedy.
A teary-eyed Fitzpatrick also addressed those who teased his son over his weight, grades and innocence, driving the innocent teen to hang himself.
“I hope the memory of what you did to my son is burned in your memory for the rest of your life and you suffer as much as he has suffered,” dad Daniel Fitzpatrick said.
Young Daniel shared his harrowing tale of torment in a letter he penned in early July, in the hopes that someone at Holy Angels Catholic Academy in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, would be “held accountable.”
“The teachers … they didn’t do ANYTHING!” he wrote of the constant teasing and fights.
The letter was written after the school recommended that Daniel repeat seventh grade — at another school.
Daniel was found dead Thursday by his older sister in the attic of his family home, a belt wrapped around his neck.
About 30% of New York City’s public high school students experience depression annually, 10% report a suicide attempt, 3% an attempt that required medical care, according to the city’s Department of Health.
Daniel’s father, a 45-year-old Con Ed technician, boiled over with emotion Saturday as he addressed the epidemic of bullying.
“If I ever see any goddamn child in my life from now on and I witness and I see them getting bullied, doesn’t matter if its a boy, girl, straight, bi, whatever, transgender,” Fitzpatrick warned.
“To the bully, I will knock you the f— out. And how do you think it will make you feel.”
He also spoke directly to the parents of the kids who tortured his child.
“To the parents of the boys that tormented my son, all I have to say is I hope you never have to feel what my family is going through right now,” Fitzpatrick said. “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.
“Your little monsters took that from me and my wife and his sisters,” he added.
A hole has been left in the Fitzpatrick family, of West Brighton, Staten Island, after 13-year-old Daniel took his own life.
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A GoFundMe page set up in Daniel’s memory, seeking to give him “a proper memorial, as well as shine a bright light on the bullying that killed him.”
The page, started by Daniel’s sister Eileen, raised more than $ 25,000 in less than 24 hours.
Daniel’s father, reeling from his loss, lamented the widespread bulling he said goes on everywhere.
“Bullying unfortunately is an epidemic,” he said. “Because someone may be heavy, skinny, small, may have a large nose, big teeth, big ears, could be gay. But it ain’t right. It ain’t right at all.
“These people have feelings. Because they’re different from you? That gives you the right? You’re not cool, you’re disgusting,” he added.
A wake for Daniel will be held on Monday and Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m., at Harmon Funeral Home on Forrest Ave. and Davis Ave. on Staten Island. A funeral Mass will take place Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart R.C. on Castleton Ave. and North Burger Ave., on Staten Island.