A West Lafayette, Ind. mother -- whose 14-year-old daughter hanged herself less than a month ago after being tormented by bullies -- swayed senators with testimony this week, citing passages from her daughter's suicide note.
Danielle Green read her daughter's heartbreaking final letter to the Senate Education Committee, convening in Indianapolis, Ind., prior to the group passing a bill mandating school districts study, train, track and report bullying incidents on a more stringent basis.
In the note, Danielle's late daughter Angel wrote, "To all the bullies that have called me names, you are the reason why I am feeling the way I am now. I didn’t want to die. I just wanted to be saved from the pain."
The late teen penned a separate note to her mother, writing, "I'm really sorry that I did this … don't you EVER think it was your fault. Because it's not. I love you so much and I couldn't ask for a better mom ... but my heart can't take this pain. It's bullying that killed me. Please get justice."
Danielle said bullies called her daughter "whore, slut and countless names, and told her she was worthless," constantly making fun of her red hair and freckles. The abuse eventually led Angel to hang herself Mar. 5, on a tree that could be seen where the school bus passed by daily.
"She did this before the bus was going to be there," Danielle explained, "so her bullies would see her."
Danielle said she testified in hopes that the official mandate be passed so "the schools … have more training," and "the kids and everybody to have support and resources for how to handle it."
Following the bill's passing, Danielle said, "My daughter's story is now heard -- it gives my Angel wings."
The bill will now be discussed and and voted on by the entire senate.
If you, or anyone you know, is struggling with thoughts of suicide, please immediately seek help -- you can speak with a skilled, trained counselor at a national Suicide Prevention Lifeline crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7 -- call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)