Bullying drove 13-year-old Rosalie Avila to kill herself, parents say

Bullying drove 13-year-old Rosalie Avila to kill herself, parents say

Her parents, Charlene and Freddie, say she was picked on at school. "And it said, 'Sorry, Mom, you're gonna find me like this, '" the note read, according to Freddie.

Avila, who was a student at a public middle school in the town of Calimesa - some 114 kilometers east of Los Angeles - left a farewell note for her parents. "Sorry, Mom and Dad".

"For you to do that, I mean, you're heartless", Charlene told KCBS, addressing the anonymous social media user who sent the message.

But Rosalie had been bullied for years, according to her parents, who read from the departed teen's journal.

"They were making fun of me today about my teeth", the distraught father went on. "They didn't even want to listen to me about my daughter". They said they received a message on social media, which featured a photo of their daughter in a very distasteful meme. "Next time don't tuck me in this", pointing to a bed.

After Rosalie's death was announced, Mesa View Middle School released a statement to their website.

"I woke up and there was screaming", father Freddie said, remembering the moment he discovered what his daughter had done.

The parents told NBC News they had put their daughter in counseling after finding she had been cutting herself, but were not aware of how serious the bullying had been until her death.

"Now, I just have to think about what she could have done or what she could have become, now it's just a memory".

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Rosalie was taken off life support Monday after being declared brain dead Friday.

At her vigil friends of Rosalie showed the Avilas a video a classmate had posted of Rosalie sitting by herself while the classmate taunted and made fun of her.

A vigil was held at Mesa View Middle School to remember Rosalie, who the family described as "a attractive person inside and out", a "great artist, very lovable & loving", and "very smart and always had good grades" in a GoFundMe set up to help them cover burial costs.

"That's my daughter... it's so heartless, so mean to do that and it's not amusing, it's not amusing to see that image of your daughter and to be mocked like she's crap and she's not". 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.

If you would like to donate to a GoFundMe account set up to help funeral costs for Rosalie Avila, you may do so here.

A GoFundMe page has been launched for Rosalie. "She was a great artist, very lovable (and) loving".

An Inland Empire family says their daughter committed suicide after years of bullying. She's very smart and always had good grades...

Now her family must reckon with the sudden loss of their daughter. She wanted to be a lawyer and wanted to help the world to be a better place.

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