Joel Morales,12-year-old NYC boy, commits suicide after bullying
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NEW YORK CITY — A 12-year-old boy harassed by school bullies about his intelligence, his height and his deceased father killed himself in the New York City apartment he shared with his mother, according to relatives and those who knew him, NBCNewYork.com reported.
“I want to remember him as a happy kid,” his anguished sister told NBC 4 New York on Thursday.
Joel Morales, of East Harlem, moved to a different school after enduring incessant taunting for months, but the bullying persisted, the fifth-grader’s family said.
Kids chased Morales, threw sticks and pipes at him and teased him for his smarts and his 4-foot-9 stature, his family said.
Morales’ anguish reached a breaking point when bullies taunted him about his father, who died when he was four years old, according to relatives.
His mother, Lisbeth Babilonia, found him hanging in their apartment at about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, hours after she had organized a search party when he didn’t return home on time from an after-school club.
An occupational therapist who worked with Morales at one of the schools because of his diminutive size told NBC 4 New York the boy only reluctantly talked about his problems.
“It was very difficult, especially with a child like Joel who wants so badly to please everyone, to see that he was really in pain, that he was struggling,” said Maria Ubiles.
Why come schools don’t do anything about bullies? What’s going on in these kids homes and their schools that make them think it’s cool to be a bully? This is not ok, it’s not cool, and it shouldn’t be accepted. Shame on that school and shame on other schools that allow kids/teens to be bullied at their school.
“Kids chased Morales, threw sticks and pipes at him and teased him for his smarts and his 4-foot-9 stature”
Where’s the safety at?????
Rest In Peace Joel Morales♥
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Posted on June 1, 2012, in News, Rest In Peace, School Bullies and tagged 12-year-old NYC boy, Bullies, Human Behavior, Joel Morales, Kids Bullying Kids, NBCNewYork.com, New York City, school bullies, suicide after bullying. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.