Danielle had diabetes and suffered from depression.
Earlier this year, when she was going through a problem with the depression, she sent a text message to a friend saying that she was going to hurt herself. The friend posted her number on Facebook, asking people to encourage her.
One male Parkway student sent her about 150 messages encouraging her to do it.
Danielle’s stepdad, John Morton, said “We didn't realize the impact, at all, that this had done, she thought that so many people did not like her because of the actions of that boy”.
On May 20th, Danielle committed suicide. She was 15 years old.
There are so many lessons here. First, of course, is that there always is hope. Second, our actions do have consequences. If someone is reaching out for help, don’t treat it lightly. Finally, Facebook, Twitter and the other social media outlets are great – but they are not the place to take your problems.
Depression and bullying are a deadly combination.
That’s why John & Jessica Morton have started a Facebook page, Smiles for Danielle.
- Smiles For Danielle is a group created in her memory. Our hope is through education and awareness, those who suffer from mental illness will no longer see suicide as a viable solution. Welcome to this group, we look forward to doing great things and thank you for your support.
The Bossier Press Tribune had a story on Danielle last week, here is the link.
John and Jessica Morton with Danielle, Jake and Emilie