Their child was bullied to death, now they are the targets
When 13-year-old Rosalie Avila attempted suicide after constant bullying, her parents thought they'd seen the worst - until they started getting bullied themselves.
Charlene and Freddie Avila from Loma Linda, California, found their daughter hanging in her bedroom last week with a suicide note saying she was "sorry", reports said. Rosalie had been bullied repeatedly for years and the pain finally became too much to handle, CBS Los Angeles reported.
"They told me I was ugly today," father Freddie recalled reading from Rosalie's journal, according to the outlet.
"They were making fun of me today about my teeth," the distraught father went on.
Rosalie's parents rushed her hospital, where she's been on a ventilator ever since. They plan to take her off life support on Monday night and donate her organs.
As if losing their daughter from bullying wasn't enough pain to handle, the parents then started getting bullied themselves.
They received a meme on social media with Rosalie's face that read, "Hey Mum. Next time don't tuck me in this," next to a made bed, Rosalie's smiling face to the right. Right underneath, the meme reads, "Tuck me in THIS," next to an open grave with Rosalie's face photoshopped onto a boy's body, which is pointing at the open grave.
Mum Charlene called the bullies "heartless".
"For you to do that, I mean, you're heartless … you have no compassion."
Father Freddie said he gave his daughter's journal to the police but added that the school hasn't done enough to prevent tragedies like these.
"I did everything I'm supposed to do as a father, and these people did not respond, because those bullies are still at the school," he said.
"They're still there, and my daughter's gone."
This article originally appeared on New York Post and have been republished with permission.