Obituary for Bullied Girl Inspires Others
An obituary of a bullied girl from Pennsylvania has inspired others in a big way and has received coverage from all over the world. Sadie Riggs, 15 years old, took her life last Monday. Her mother wrote an obituary that called out the horrific actions of bullies that terrorized her daughter but ended it on a selfless note. Here's what the obituary said:
In an effort to debunk the rumors about Sadie's death we would like to share this information. Yes, Sadie took her own life, she hung herself. It is hard to fathom that someone so young could be so troubled. Sadie was seeking help, she was in counselling and taking medication, but it was all too much for such a young soul to live with. If you take a minute and look at Sadie's family dynamics you will see that a large percent of the people in her life were not not related to her by blood but she was sent to us by God who knew this child needed a family. Sadie had a tough life and until a recent incident at school she handled everything life served her. For a young lady so excited about going to the High School things sure went terribly wrong for her. For the bullies involved, please know you were effective in making her feel worthless. That is all between you and God now, but please know that it is not to late to change your ways. Sadie's death has taken us to dark places, we will stick together and protect one another as we try to make sense of this tragic loss. To all the bullies out there, I just want you to know that as much as we despise your actions never, ever do we wish for you to feel the paralyzing pain that engulfs our bodies, a pain so severe that it makes the simple act of breathing difficult or the guilt that leaves us wondering what we could have done differently-or that struggle to remember the last words we spoke...Our hearts are beyond broken. Sadie, it was a privilege to have you in our lives and we will always love you. May you find peace in the arms of God and may we all be kind to one another.
and here's where her mother put an ask out that has got so many people talking about this:
In lieu of flowers, the family of Sadie ask that you be kind to one another."
I hope we can all let Sadie's life not go in vain and let her legacy be that we be kinder and more gentle with each other.