Family of Pennsylvania teen who committed suicide ask bullies to rethink actions
BEDFORD, Penn. — After a Pennsylvania teen took her own life on June 19, her family used her obituary as an opportunity to speak out against bullying and ask people to be kinder to one another.
Sadie Riggs, a 15-year-old high school student in Bedford, Pennsylvania, hanged herself Monday.
In her obituary, Sadie's family took the chance to offer a brave explanation for the death and to try to change the minds and hearts of bullies in the future.
"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," the obituary read. "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."
Despite trying to get assistance with the bullying and the negative effects caused by it, Sadie was not able to cope with it all at such a young age, the obituary said.
"Sadie had a tough life and until a recent incident at school she handled everything life served her," her family wrote.
But then the family shifted the focus away from Sadie's tragic end, and instead opened a discussion about bullying and the people who made Sadie feel like death was the only choice.
The family did not hold back.
"For the bullies involved, please know you were effective in making her feel worthless," they wrote.
A family member continued to address all bullies describing the grief the family feels.
"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," Sadie's family wrote.
At the end of the obituary, the family asked that instead of sending flowers, people "be kind to one another."