Brandon Bitner, a 14 year old boy from Snyder County, Pennsylvania, ended up his life on Friday night by stepping in front of a tractor-trailer rig after enduring years of relentless bullying.
In a note written beforehand, he revealed that he didn't have it in him to endure another four years of being called a "faggot" and "sissy" at his high school.
The Midd-West School District's superintendent, Wesley Knapp, claims that with the exception of an undisclosed "humiliating incident" in the cafeteria a few days before his passing, he had received no reports of Bitner being bullied.
“I’ve been questioning myself. We can’t be too conscientious. If we see a kid who seems to be hurting, we need to single them out [for help]. The fact they don’t report it doesn’t let us off the hook. We need to reach out to kids. We’re going to try and do a better job.”Bitner's cousin Katie Goodling continues:
Again, we BEG anyone who feels bullied, tormented, confused, or alone to please speak out to someone.“People have to know — and I’ve been getting his story out on Twitter, Facebook so people can read it — that this can happen to anyone, even people you don’t suspect.”We can't even begin to express to his family and loved ones how sorry we are for such a tragic loss.
There are people who love you and need you! There's so much happiness out there that can be yours, it just takes a little time and a lot of courage to find it sometimes! And we promise that it's worth the wait!
It WILL get better. We promise you that!
R.I.P. Brandon. You are in our thoughts.