This is just sad
Joel Morales, a 12-year-old student in East Harlem, New York City, hanged himself after bullies at school taunted him for his size, intelligence and the death of his father, the New York Daily News reports.
Joel’s mother, Lizbeth Babilonia, found her son’s body hanging from a shower rod in the bathroom of their apartment at 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The paper reports Babilonia cut her son down with a knife, then had to be restrained by Inez Rodriguez, a neighbor, who kept the mother from stabbing herself with the blade.
“She had cut him down. She was trying to stab herself with the knife,” Rodriquez told the Daily News. “I knocked it out of her hand.”
According to the New York Post, the bullying caused Babilonia to transfer Joel to a new school, where the abuse nevertheless continued.
My daughter complained to the teachers. She was complaining and complaining,” Francisco Babilonia, Joel’s grandfather, told the Post. “It stopped for a while but it started again. The kids knew he moved and they went to the after-school club and waited for him.”
Relatives of Joel told WPIX-TV that the family filed a police report, obtained an order of protection against one of the bullies, and met with parents of the boys involved, all to no avail.
A vigil was held in front of the boy’s apartment building where Joel’s aunt, Angelica Babilonia, told the Post she was outraged to see some of the bullies admist the candles and prayer.
Rest in peace! We pray for his family, losing 2 people is beyond tragic. Will bullying ever come to an end?