The mother of a bullied teen boy from New York who committed suicide wants to ensure no other teen or parent goes through the nightmare her family has experienced — so she posted a video called "Champion of Choices," that tells the story of her son (shown below). The YouTube video has since gone viral and has been viewed more than 2 million times.
Amy Briggs describes her son, Daniel, as a child who "had a soft side of him that was second-to-none for a kid his age," according Fox 6 Now. Daniel was 16 and a junior when he died. He loved nature and was excited about attending college, Little Things report.
Daniel was bullied for years while he was in school because he liked hunting and trapping and never seemed to fit in with the other students. At first, Briggs says bullies would make fun of them, but the abuse became even more emotional and physical as he got older — she describes how they would throw garbage at him, force him to lick a bus window, and punch him. Even after his parents reportedly tried to intervene and get the school to help, nothing made the situation better.
"They looked for any little thing, just to make life miserable," Briggs said.
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At one point, Briggs says her son received a text message from a peer that read, "Why don't you take one of your precious guns and do the world a favor and go kill yourself."
Daniel reponded to the text: "You won't have to worry about me anymore, I'm going to go home and kill myself."
The bully then replied, "Put up or shut up."
On the day that Daniel shot and killed himself with one of his shotguns, he reportedly told kids at school and on the bus that he planning to commit suicide. After the incident, Briggs says she received heartwarming messages from several people and that she wishes her son knew how many cared for him.
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"I just wish he knew how much he meant to so many people," she says. "He did matter. He does matter. We will never recover from this."
In the video, Briggs begs others not to let their peers be bullied.
"When you know there is someone being bullied. Don't be a bystander," she says. "You are just as guilty as the bullies when you stand by and do nothing."
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