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Bullies pushed a 13-year-old to suicide — but the torment didn't stop there, family says

Rosalie Avila killed herself after enduring relentless bullying.
Rosalie Avila killed herself after enduring relentless bullying. Screenshot from Twitter

Bullies wouldn’t leave 13-year-old Rosalie Avila alone.

They relentlessly called the California teen ‘ugly’ and made fun of her braces, her father Freddie Avila told ABC6. One bully posted a video on social media of Rosalie sitting by herself at school as she was taunted, NBC News reported.

Rosalie cut her wrists because of the bullying, he said, and kept a list of people who bullied her in a diary.

That same diary would detail the teenager’s last words to her parents — and the world.

“Sorry, Mom and Dad. I love you,” she wrote in her diary, according to CBS Los Angeles. “Sorry, Mom, you’re gonna find me like this.”

The 13-year-old hanged herself in her bedroom Tuesday, according to ABC6.

She was rushed to a local hospital, where her parents kept her on life support until Monday night so her organs could be donated, NBC News wrote.

But as they endure the loss of their daughter, Rosalie’s family says they are now they the victims of online harassment.

According to CBS Los Angeles, the family has received hateful messages about their daughter even after she hanged herself. That includes an image of Rosalie telling her mom not to tuck her into a bed — but rather into an open grave.

Charlene Avila, her mother, told NBC that the message came from someone related to one of her daughter’s bullies.

That experience has only emboldened the teen’s parents, who turned the diary over to police.

“Now I know what my daughter was up against,” Charlene Avila told NBC News. “Something needs to be done.”

The Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District released a statement saying it was “saddened” by Rosalie’s death.

“The District Board of Education, its administration, and staff are all united in care and concern for those affected by this tragedy,” it read. “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.

“We will continue to support our teachers and staff as they likewise process this event while supporting the students with whom they work.”

But Rosalie’s parents said more can be done.

“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 Avila said. “They’re still there, and my daughter’s gone.”

They also don’t want to forget the good memories with their daughter: watching movies and drinking hot cocoa, heading to the beach and seeing that unforgettable smile that “would light up the whole room with her laughter,” they wrote on a GoFundMe page.

“My daughter is a victim of bullying,” they wrote. “... She was daddy’s girl and mommy’s princess. She wanted to be a lawyer and wanted to help the world to be a better place.

“The world lost a treasure.”

Learn about common signs that a teen is considering suicide, and what to say to a teen who may be at risk for suicide and ways to keep them safe.

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