Things like this just shouldn't happen.
Destiny Clark, a 14-year-old girl living with her family in Warrenton, Missouri, took her own life last week — and her mother and father now say the cause was relentless bullying by her classmates.
The girl and her parents had just moved to Warrenton from another city in Missouri, and Destiny was having trouble transitioning into making new friends for her eighth grade year at school.
Her mother, Stephanie, explained to reporters that the teenager was very concerned with what other people thought of her, and wanted everybody to get along:
"She wanted everybody to like her and she wanted to like everybody else."
Stephanie and her husband Kurtis tried everything — counseling, therapy, and even considering home school options — but Destiny's father said nothing worked:
"We felt very helpless. We talked to her and talked to her and talked to her. And just trying to get her to understand that it's, you know, let it roll off your back."
While the school district in Warrenton won't comment on Destiny's case, her parents revealed that she hanged herself two weeks ago on a pull-up bar in her room just days after the bullying led to the girl being involved in a fight at school.
Family members found Destiny, and cut her down from the bar; she was rushed to the hospital and while initially her loved ones remained optimistic that she might survive, she passed away several days later.
We are so, so sorry to have to report this horrible news as her parents have come forward hoping to raise awareness of Destiny's death, if only to prevent future instances like this with other teenagers.
With matching butterfly-themed tattoos to remember their daughter, Stephanie reveals a new mission in her life moving forward from the awful tragedy:
"Everybody started saying, ‘Fly high, Destiny,' And it caught on. We're trying to make the best of everything and hoping we can make an impact so other kids won't feel the way that she did."
End bullying!!! Destiny's life should not have ended this way!!
[Image via KSDK-TV.]