A 13-year-old girl has killed herself after being bullied in school.
Freddie Avila said he noticed something was off with his daughter, Rosalie Avila, in recent months. The 13-year-old was being bullied at Mesa View Middle School in Calimesa, California, KNSD reported.
On Nov. 28, Freddie was awakened to screaming.
"I woke up and there was screaming," Freddie told KNSD. "I had to find my daughter hanging in her room."
Rosalie was rushed to a nearby hospital, where she was in critical condition before doctors declared her brain-dead. Her parents decided to take her off life support on Dec. 1.
"My daughter had the whole world," Freddie told the news station. "Now, I just have to think about what she could have done or what she could have become, now it's just a memory."
Freddie described his daughter as a loving and warm person. He said she was a good student who loved to sing and wanted to become a lawyer one day.
A note by Rosalie was found, where she apologized and said she took her own life because she was "ugly" and a "loser."
"She kept a journal or a diary of the people who hurt her and people that called her ugly and just putting her down," Rosalie's mother told KABC.
The parents added that Rosalie would frequently cut her wrists.
"I remember a couple nights she'd come home, telling me that the kids are calling her names about her teeth," Freddie recalled. "I go, 'You have braces, honey, don't worry. The braces are going to come off,' and she said, 'Yeah, but my teeth are straight and they're still making fun of me.'"
The school has since issued a statement regarding Rosalie's death:
No one can fathom the heartbreak and confusion that we are certain many of our students and their families are feeling right now, especially the families of those students that have been most closely struck by this event. The District Board of Education, its administration, and staff are all united in care and concern for those affected by this tragedy. Crisis counselors have been deployed to the school site, and are available for any student who feels he or she needs to talk with someone as they struggle to cope with their feelings.
According to Rosalie's aunt, Sandra Zebaneh, the school was aware of the bullying. She said Rosalie was in counseling.
"It's not right to bully other kids," Zebaneh told KNSD. "It's not right to call them names, not right to make fun of what they are wearing. It's horrible. Please stop the bullying."