Mother of Teen Girl Who Killed Herself after School Bullying Found Her Heartbreaking Suicide Note
A teenage girl tragically took her own life in December 2015 after been bullied at different schools for years. Friday would’ve been the Victorian student’s 19th birthday.
In a heartbreaking move, her mother has shared a suicide note that the teenager wrote months before she took her own life.
April 5th would’ve been Cassidy Trevan’s 19th birthday, however, she committed suicide in 2015 when she was 15. The teenage girl killed herself at the age of 13 after she was bullied and allegedly gang-raped.
Her mother, Linda Trevan, recently shared a heartbreaking note that her daughter wrote in the months before she died. In the letter, the late Cassidy revealed how she still suffered bullying years after the alleged rape.
She claimed that two boys sexually assaulted her at a house in Springvale South. Cassidy wrote, “The whole school has heard stories about me, as well as teachers.”
Adding, “I get people I’ve never met contacting me on Facebook calling me a slut. I’ve moved schools, I’ve moved house and I’m still being bullied.” The teenager candidly revealed, “I was raped. Just last night after one and a half years I still have nightmares over what happened.”
The student also touched on the inaction from her Melbourne high school, Wellington Secondary College, in dealing with her rape allegations. In the note, she wrote: “Wellington says they have an antibullying [sic] policy and a zero tolerance of bullying and yet the (school) did nothing.”
She continued, “Even after my mother and I going and talking to them about this. Even after police contacting them and everything.” Linda had left her daughter’s room virtually untouched since her passing.
However, with a move coming up, she decided to sort her daughter’s things and came across the letter. Linda explained, “When I picked up a pile of papers on her desk this five-page handwritten note, just on loose blank paper, was so noticeable that it stood out to me straight away so I read it.”
Weeks before her suicide, Cassidy also wrote a letter on her laptop warning other students at her school about her rape and the dangers of bullying. Sadly, justice hasn’t prevailed as her alleged bullies or rapists were never charged by the police.
Even though the Vitoria police’s detectives from the Sexual Offence and Child Abuse Investigation Team spoke to the student more than 20 times, she never gave an official statement about the alleged gang rape. Her mother still held the hope that one of the students involved in Cassidy’s alleged rape would come forward.
However, while she waits for that to happen, she’s hoping the Australian government will do more to combat bullying. Linda shared, “Have things improved regarding Bullying? I’ve shared so many Bullycides on my Facebook page since Cass died that sometimes I don’t feel like I’m making a difference.”
“My page has over 10,000 followers now, but that’s only scratching the surface. Only a few days ago I shared yet another Bullycide story with my comment ‘No, no, no. This just has to stop!’”
Linda found her daughter’s note just as the leading Australian bullying researcher and a national bullying organization have both started pushing for bullying to become a national focus ahead of the federal election.
Cassidy’s school headmaster, Hugh Blaikie only spoke about her death after she had passed. He said, “Cassidy’s death was a terrible tragedy and our thoughts continue to be with her family.”
Blaikie further claimed:
“We offered wellbeing support, including counselling, to students who were affected by Cassidy’s death and we worked closely with parents who were concerned about the impact the tragedy would have on their children’s wellbeing.”
Lifeline in Australia can be contacted on 13 11 14, Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800, SANE Helpline 1800 18 72 63 or Beyond blue on 1300 22 4636.
The National US Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. Other international suicide helplines can be found at befrienders.org.
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