Staten Island family to sue Bay Ridge school over son's suicide
A Staten Island family is suing a Brooklyn Catholic school where they say bullying ultimately caused their son to take his own life.
The Fitzpatrick family says their 13-year-old son Daniel hanged himself Aug. 11, 2016.
The teen attended Holy Angels Catholic Academy in Bay Ridge, where his parents say he experienced constant bullying for months.
Despite the Fitzpatricks writing letters and visiting the school, they say the principal did not do enough to protect their child.
The family says by filing the lawsuit they are taking steps to try and help other private school kids from suffering in the same way.
The family's attorney tells News 12 they are pushing state lawmakers to pass what is being called "Danny's Law" to prevent bullying in private and religious school and help children not currently protected under the Dignity for All Students Act.
The attorney says it is not fair that students at public school have programs that those who go to private school do not.
News 12 reached out to the Diocese of Brooklyn, and due to the pending lawsuit, the diocese said it could not provide any information.
However, a spokesperson said "the diocese welcomes the opportunity for the full disclosure of events in court that lead to the tragic and heartbreaking loss of Daniel Fitzpatrick. Our prayers continue to be with his family during this difficult time."
The family says Daniel's final words were written in a letter saying, "I gave up. The teachers didn't do anything."