July 23, 2018

Obituary of 15-year-old girl who committed suicide calls out school bullies

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Sadie Riggs took her own life on June 19, 2017, after suffering bullying at her high school.

A viral obituary posted to Facebook by Angela Davis Dugas revealed that the 15-year-old high school student hung herself at her family's home in Bedford.

The heart-breaking obituary, written by Sadie's loved ones and shared online on June 24, 2017, struck a chord in so many people.

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A lot of parents, after all, have lost their children to bullying



The viral post started by introducing who Sadie was. The girl was born in Bedford on December 4, 2001.

She is survived by her father, Eric Riggs; stepmother, Alicia Smith; her biological mother, Beverly Riggs; and her aunt, Sarah Smith.

Her family described her as 'a sweet and loving girl'. A member of the Solid Rock Christian Fellowship Church in Bedford, Sadie loved playing softball, reading, drawing and listening to music.

The obituary then revealed that Sadie suffered at the hands of bullies at school.


'For a young lady so excited about going to the High School things sure went terribly wrong for her,' read the obituary.

Addressing the bullies, Sadie's loved ones wrote that they effectively made Sadie feel worthless.

The grieving family then expressed hope that the bullies will change their ways. They didn't want the bullies to feel the pain caused by Sadie's passing.

'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,' they wrote.


The obituary ended with a powerful plea: 'In lieu of flowers, the family of Sadie ask that you be kind to one another.'

The post has been shared 1,900 times and has drawn 2,500 comments.

Deeply moved, several mothers have shared the obituary online and wrote messages to comfort Sadie's family.

"So heartbreaking. My prayer is that the Lod comforts you with His presence, and you can rest in the fact that she knew that Jesus loves her. Therein lies all hope," wrote Mary Ann Jacob Konovitz.

Bullying has taken away so many young lives. A lot of parents have asked for stricter measures against bullying at school in recent years.