Just this past week, we reported on the death of 11-year-old Tysen Benz from Michigan, who tragically hanged himself in his closet in March after being pranked on social media and died a month later.
We’ve since learned that the “prank” was his 13-year-old girlfriend faking her own suicide on social media.
In that story we included details of other similar tragedies that have occurred over the last year, where bullying online and at school, as well as abuse in the home, have led to youth suicides:
In Aug. 2016, Staten Island teen Daniel Fitzpatrick, 13, killed himself after being relentlessly bullied at school.
Then in December of the same year, 18-year-old Brandy Vela of Texas killed herself in front of her family as they begged her not to pull the trigger. She was bullied online before and after her death.
In Jan. 2017, 12-year-old Katelyn Nicole Davis of Georgia horrifically livestreamed her own hanging. In that video, she said she was sexually abused by a family member.
Today, in Limerick Township, Pa., police are investigating another sad case of a 9th grade girl at Spring-Ford High School who committed suicide two days ago. She is believed to have been cyber-bullied.
WPVI reports that authorities are investigating as to whether cyber-bullying played a role in the girl’s suicide. The news outlet shared a portion of a text said to be too vulgar to share in full.
“No one care about you,” the text said.
She has been identified only as Julia in the news to this point, though we know that there has already been a GoFundMe campaign set up for her, including her full name, Julia Morath.
Others have taken to Twitter to express their feelings of loss.
At the time of this writing, the GoFundMe campaign has raised more than $39,000 in two days.
“Julia was a beautiful young lady, made everyone smile. She was very smart and its sad she had a full life ahead of her to live. I know OJR people miss her including me. My prayers and heart goes out to Julia’s family. I will be attending everything in memory or Julia,” one person wrote there.
Grieving locals remembered Julia’s kindness.
“It is a tragedy that has rocked our community,” one church member told WPVI.
“It says how big of a heart she had and how special she is serving God and people around her,” Melissa Flora of Christ’s Church of the Valley would add. “This Sunday we will have another vigil for her to honor her and share stories. We just want to continue to be a support and we want everyone here to know we are here, people are here to listen.”
The Spring-Ford school district also released a statement on the tragedy:
Our thoughts are with the family as they struggle to make sense of this tragedy. We encourage our school community to care for one another as we cope with this loss of a young life.