Monday, August 22, 2011

Remembering Danielle

A candlelight vigil was held last week for Danielle Cox, a Parkway student who killed herself in May.
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.
If you are on Facebook, join the group and keep up with their efforts to help other kids and families.
The Bossier Press Tribune had a story on Danielle last week, here is the link.

Christmas 2010
John and Jessica Morton with Danielle, Jake and Emilie

About the Video
The last photo we have of Danielle is a photo she took of herself holding a paper smile in front of her tear stained face....hence the group's name Smiles for Danielle. This video contains many of the smiles photos that were created in her memory in response to her death.


  1. john and jessica mortonAugust 22, 2011 at 6:30 PM

    Thank you Jim for taking time and posting this! We need all the help we can get to fight the epidemic of Teen Bullying and Suicide! Thank you to all are helping and will be helping!

  2. Amanda Patterson (Danielle's Aunt)August 22, 2011 at 10:45 PM

    Thank you so much for posting this story. Please help us fight for the kids that deserve a fighting chance. Join Smiles for Danielle on Facebook and stay tuned for a website in September.

  3. Rest in peace, Danielle.

  4. So, there ought to be a way to find out who that male student is, and take some action to punish him, don't you think?

  5. He was arrested and is now awaiting his day in court!

  6. This story is so touching.How horrible kids can be. They learn from examples.Let this be a good lesson for all parents...Thanks, Jim for the post!!

  7. John Morton and his family are good people. This never should have happend. God bless you and your family and know that we love you. Thanks for sharing this link with me. Ryan Gatti

  8. What was the kid charged with?

  9. I would think cyber bullying, that is against the law

  10. john and jessica, i had no idea. I'm so sorry for your loss. I had heard what happened but not the circumstances. what an evil, evil thing to do. i hope they try him as an adult.

  11. Where we came from there was an anonymous "Bully Hotline" where parent and/or kids could report bullying and remain anonymous and avoid repercussions of "tattling" - The admin of the school would then hold a mandatory assembly and talk about bullying - in the hopes the bullys would get the hint. Im sure if it continued they would call them in - etc. But it was a great program. Does Bossier Parrish School have one???? If not, they should!!

  12. To address a couple questions asked. Yes the young adult was charged with Cyber Bullying to start with which is a misdemeanor. Since her death the Bossier parish DA's office have elected to upgrade the charges to Criminal Assistance to Suicide which we agree with! This is a serious matter that does not need to ever take place again with any kids! With your help we can change thing so it doesn't! Please join us on Face Book on the group Smiles for Danielle.

    No there is very little in programs offered in our state for Bullying in our schools! This is something we are vastly trying to get changes. By mids September our website should be operational and we will be able to post updates!

    Thanx for everyones support and prayers in this matter!


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