A heartbreaking story went viral in the last hours showing the crudest face of bullying. It is about the suicide of Drayke Hardman, a 12-year-old boy who could not stand so much bullying at school.
“My heart is broken”: says mother of 12-year-old boy who took his own life after bullying
Through a photo reel, Drayke Hardman’s parents and sisters showed the devastating results of a year of bullying by a schoolmate.
“This is the result of bullying, my handsome boy was fighting a battle that even I couldn’t save him. It’s real, it’s silent and there is absolutely nothing you can do as a parent to take away this deep pain. There are no signs, only hurtful words from others who finally stole our Drayke from this cruel place,” the mother recounted in the publication.
The little boy was physically and verbally abused by his abuser, but hid it from his parents. Until one day he hit rock bottom and ended his life by hanging himself from a diver’s hood. His sisters found the terrible scene and although his parents ran to try to save him, it was too late.
Amid the deep pain shown in every shot of the moment, Drayke’s mother asked other parents to “hold their babies tight.”
“How does a 12-year-old boy who was loved fiercely by everyone think life is so hard that he needs to walk away from it?” the mother wondered.
As she tells it, the little boy was loved by his entire family, “he had a fire that was lit by people, his witty personality and those baby blue eyes conquered the world.”
“My heart is broken, I don’t know how to fix it, or if I ever will, but I will spend every minute teaching kindness in memory of my favorite friend. His purpose here was to teach kindness, to show love and he absolutely did, he took anyone as a friend so they would have one. Once you were in Drayke’s tribe, you were there forever,” he added.
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This case was made public by the family’s own decision, as a campaign to raise awareness about bullying, “a silent and in many cases deadly enemy.”
Drayke’s friends, family and strangers are now launching a campaign to raise funds to cover all the funeral expenses of the little boy, who lived in Utah, USA.