The family of a 15-year-old girl who tragically committed suicide by hanging herself says in her obituary that she had experienced a rough life, which was made worse by school bullies.
Sadie Riggs’ family posted her heart-wrenching obituary on Facebook after she passed away Monday, describing her in their writing as a ‘sweet and loving girl’ who loved softball, reading, drawing and music. However, they also wrote that Sadie had a challenging life, alluding to problems with her biological parents, as she lived with her aunts.
In an interview, Sadie’s Aunt Sarah Smith said that the majority of the bullying took place on social media and that ‘they called her everything in the book’.
However, in a message to those bullies that helped drive Sadie to the brink, the family says that they wouldn’t wish any pain on those who hurt Sadie:
‘To all the bullies out there, I just want you to know that as much as we despise your actions never, ever do we wish for you to feel the paralyzing pain that engulfs our bodies, a pain so severe that it makes the simple act of breathing difficult or the guilt that leaves us wondering what we could have done differently-or that struggle to remember the last words we spoke…Our hearts are beyond broken.’
Bedford Area Superintendent Allen Sell says that he can’t comment on the specific situation but that policing social media bullying is difficult because schools don’t have jurisdiction if it happens outside school hours.
The district is offering counseling to students affected by Sadie’s death.
Riggs’ aunt has set up a Go Fund Me page to help raise money for the young girl’s funeral, which is set for this weekend. So far, it has raised more than $900 of its $6,000 goal.
An excerpt from her obituary, by her family:
“In an effort to debunk the rumors about Sadie’s death we would like to share this information. Yes, Sadie took her own life, she hung herself. It is hard to fathom that someone so young could be so troubled. Sadie was seeking help, she was in counselling and taking medication, but it was all too much for such a young soul to live with. If you take a minute and look at Sadie’s family dynamics you will see that a large percent of the people in her life were not not related to her by blood but she was sent to us by God who knew this child needed a family. Sadie had a tough life and until a recent incident at school she handled everything life served her. For a young lady so excited about going to the High School things sure went terribly wrong for her. For the bullies involved, please know you were effective in making her feel worthless. That is all between you and God now, but please know that it is not to late to change your ways.”
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