Mental Health

Suicide Pact: 2 Minn. Girls Hang Selves Over Bullying

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

A shocking and tragic suicide pact in Minnesota, where two best friends hanged themselves after complaining that they were being bullied at school.

According to a report in the Daily Mail, Haylee Fentress and Paige Moravetz, both 14, committed suicide this past weekend during a sleepover at Haylee's house in rural Island Lake Township.

Haylee's mother, a medical assistant, found the bodies. She tried to resuscitate them, but it was too late.

Haylee's aunt said the girl had only recently moved to the area with her family from Indiana, and that she felt ostracized and bullied at school.

"She was made fun of for being overweight, her red hair," the aunt, Robin Settle, told ABC News. "She posted on my Facebook wall that she really wanted to come back (to Indiana), that the people were mean and cruel and she didn’t fit in."

However, she did find at least one friend -- Paige. The girls were so close that Haylee recently hyphenated her last name to include Paige’s last name on Facebook.

Haylee was reportedly expelled from school for defending Paige in a fight.

"That was really weighing on her, missing her friends and being excluded from school. She felt like she was defending herself and her friend," said Settle. "She couldn't stand people to be made fun of, tortured, teased. She stood up for the underdogs and she was one herself."

The girls left suicide notes, saying they loved their families, even including details on their funerals.

"She requested everything pink and princess and butterflies," said Settle. "She just didn't want anybody to be sad for her. She wanted everybody to pray for her and that's the gist of it."

Police believe the girls had been planning the suicides for some time.