The parents of a 13-year-old girl who hanged herself after being bullied at school say they are now being cyberbullied. (WARNING: Offensive image below.)
Freddie and Charlene Avila are grieving the death of their 13-year-old daughter, Rosalie Avila, after she took her own life on Nov. 28, KCBS reported. Rosalie was reportedly being bullied at her school in Calimesa, California.
Now Rosalie's parents say they are also being bullied on social media. They said they received a message on social media, which featured a photo of their daughter in a distasteful meme.
The meme says, "Hey mom. Next time don’t tuck me in this," pointing to a bed. It follows by saying, “Tuck me in THIS,” with an arrow pointing to an open grave.
“For you to do that, I mean, you’re heartless," Charlene told KCBS, addressing the anonymous social media user who sent the message. "You’re a very heartless person, and you have no compassion.”
Rosalie's parents say their daughter kept a journal with a list of the names of the people who would bully her. They handed that journal over to police.
Freddie and Charlene said they wanted Mesa View Middle School to do more to stop bullying, adding that they believe enough wasn't done to prevent this from happening.
“I did everything I’m supposed to do as a father, and these people did not respond, because those bullies are still at the school,” Freddie said. “They’re still there, and my daughter’s gone.”
Freddie described Rosalie as a loving and warm individual who aspired to become a lawyer some day. She was an eighth-grade student at Mesa View Middle School.
"My daughter had the whole world," Freddie told KNSD. "Now, I just have to think about what she could have done or what she could have become, now it's just a memory."
Rosalie had left a note apologizing to her parents and family, saying she killed herself because she was "ugly" and a "loser." The parents said something was off about her in recent months, and that she would frequently cut her wrists.
Freddie found his daughter hanged in her room. The teenager was then rushed to a nearby hospital, where she was later pronounced brain-dead. Her parents decided to turn her life support machine off on Dec. 4. They plan to donate her organs.
"No one can fathom the heartbreak and confusion that we are certain many of our students and families are feeling right now," Mesa View Middle School said in a statement. "Crisis counselors and intervention teams will be available and supporting our students throughout the district in the upcoming days."