Growing up is tough enough, but in today’s society, social media makes it that much harder. It can be difficult for parents to understand what their kids are going through, especially because they didn’t grow using the internet themselves.
Two parents in California seriously underestimated how difficult of a time their daughter was having at school. They had no idea what her classmates were doing to her, and it was all documented on social media…
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The Best For Their Kids
Freddie and Charlene worked hard to ensure each of their five children could receive a great education. After hearing good things about Mesa View Middle School in Yucaipa, California, they decided to send their daughter there.
A New School
At the time, Rosalie was only 11-years-old and she was excited to embark on a new journey at a brand new school. Being a happy-go-lucky girl, Rosalie was most excited to make new friends. She always had many friends because she was the type of girl who would always remember important things like her friends’ birthdays. She even went out of her way to get each of them a gift…
But the love that Rosalie put out into the world wasn’t always reciprocated to her. She learned that when she started at Mesa View Middle School. Rosalie started spending more and more time in her room once she got home from school and her parents, the Avila’s, started to worry.
Something Was Wrong
Rosalie’s teachers explained to them that Rosalie was doing excellent in school and that her grades were terrific. But, if this was the case, then why was she so unhappy when she got home from school? The Avila’s assumed that someone in one of Rosalie’s classes must be messing with her…
Wanting to get to the bottom of what was going on with their daughter, the Avila’s got Rosalie a journal. They hoped it would be an outlet for her to express her thoughts if she didn’t want to tell them what was going on. They thought about reading it but dismissed doing so after realizing it would probably make Rosalie more upset.
Giving Rosalie Space
If Rosalie found out that her parents were reading her journal, she would never trust them again. So, despite their wishes, Freddie and Charlene backed off hoping their daughter would figure it out on her own. That was, until, one day when they went up to Rosalie’s room and saw what she was doing to herself…
Freddie and Charlene found Rosalie cutting herself and that is when they realized how serious things were. After begging their daughter to tell them what was wrong, Rosalie finally admitted that kids at school had been taunting her.
Kids Can Be Cruel
Her classmates were making fun of Rosalie’s braces and calling her “ugly” and a “loser” on social media. She read an excerpt from her journal, “They told me I was ugly today. They were making fun of me today about my teeth.” This broke her parents’ hearts and they promised Rosalie that they would do anything to help her…
Offering Help To Rosalie
Freddie and Charlene found a terrific counselor for Rosalie to talk to after school. They thought Rosalie had been making progress since they didn’t find her cutting herself again. But, they were wrong.
November 28, 2017
Shortly after, on November 28, the Avila’s worst nightmare came true. Rosalie’s door was closed and they opened it to find that Rosalie had hung herself. Next to her lifeless but still breathing body was a note…
The note read, “Sorry, Mom and Dad. I love you…Sorry, Mom, you’re gonna find me like this.” The Avila’s fell to their knees and sobbed louder than they ever had before. They called 911 and an ambulance was on its way to try and save their daughter.
Praying For Rosalie
They prayed this wouldn’t be the last time they would see Rosalie. They promised themselves that if she survived they would do anything find Rosalie’s bullies and to put an end to it for good…
Lost Her Battle
Sadly, they were too late. On December 1, Rosalie was declared brain dead and 3 days later she passed away after being taken off life support. The Avila’s cried their eyes out prepared for Rosalie’s funeral.
At the vigil, they were approached by one of Rosalie’s friends who said she had something important to show them. She opened her phone and showed the Avila’s a video of Rosalie sitting all by herself while the person filming made fun of her…
They Were Torturing Her
The video was enough to explain why Rosalie felt the way she did. But then, the Avila’s learned that the video had also been posted on social media. Freddie was devastated saying, “Rose just kept this to herself…On the inside, it was just tearing her to pieces that they were always making fun of her.”
Shortly after, the Avila’s received a small reprieve when they learned how many people from around the world offered their condolences to Rosalie. Parents from all walks of life shared that they too had young children who were being bullied at school. But, the best part was yet to come…
Kind-hearted people donated over $64,000 on Rosalie’s GoFundMe to help pay for her medical bills and expenses the family incurred during the funeral. Yet, just as the Avila’s thought the worst was behind them, they received some more devastating news on Instagram.
They learned that meme’s had been created that mocked Rosalie’s death. This absolutely broke their hearts and they realized yet again just how cruel people can be. They could only imagine what Rosalie had been going through at school because at least they were equipped to handle it. She wasn’t…
The Statistics Are Alarming
Rosalie was bullied for 2 years right under her parents’ noses and they were helpless to do anything about it. In 2015 alone, the suicide rate hit a 40-year high for girls ages 15 to 19. This was something that many young boys had been dealing with as well.
Coping With Rosalie’s Death
Following Rosalie’s death, the Avila’s reached out to Mesa View Middle School blaming them for what happened to their daughter. The school didn’t offer the Avila’s many answers, except to say that they were offering counseling to any student struggling to cope with Rosalie’s death.