Disturbing reports emerge of tragic teen’s troubled home life
Allegations of 13-year-old Staten Island boy who killed himself after being bullied, hiding out in attic to avoid his mom’s drunken outbursts
Family’s attorney calls claims of home abuse bogus, ‘ACP found “no credible evidence” of abuse or maltreatment, the report [is] “unfounded”’
Mourners at Daniel’s graveside
Daniel Fitzpatrick, a 13-year-old 7th grader at Holy Angels Catholic Academy in Brooklyn, NY, wrapped a belt around his neck and hung himself inside the attic of his family’s Staten Island home. This was on August 11, a few day’s shy of his 14th birthday, ostensibly because he he’d had enough of school yard bullying with the adults in his life refusing to intervene and alleviate the daily misery piled on the poor kid. Daniel had been at the receiving end of tortous bullying about his weight and grades. It is alleged that the staff at Holy Angels Catholic Academy did nothing about it.
In a gut-wrenching suicide note he wrote a few weeks prior, he says “I gave up,” “The teachers . . . they didn’t do anything.”Daniel had pointed to a group of five boys who were his chief tormentors.Now his parents and the school are in a tizzy, each side strenously striving to shift the blame for this regrettable tragedy on to the other.The day before the Fitzpatricks buried their son, disturbing claims emerged about the 13-year-old’s home life. A disturbing report from an Administration of Children’s Service emerged, regarding the mental well being of Daniel in the Fitzpatrick home.
ACP report claims Daniel Fitzpatrick lived in fear of his parents ’alcohol-fuelled anger’ at home, and was bullied mercilessly in school
The report claims Daniel Fitzpatrick lived in fear of his parents’ alcohol-fuelled anger, hiding in the attic to avoid his mom’s boozy outbursts, according to an Administration of Children’s Services report. Reacting to the report, the family countered through their lawyer, Scott Rynecki who called the ACS accusations bogus. Reynecki says it an attempt to discredit family by the boy’s Catholic school an attempt to wriggle out of a situation they see as problematic.Click Here!
As proof Scott Rynecki furnished a letter from the New York State Office of Children and Family Services addressed to the dead boy’s mother. “The belief is that the Catholic school themselves put in some sort of claim and spoke to the child and somehow twisted his claims. ACS issued a letter, which fully and completely exonerated the family”.
Daniel’s sister Kristen found him dead in the attic on Aug. 11, a belt wrapped around his neck.
Maureen and Daniel Fitzpatrick mourn their son at his funeral Mass. They are accused of terrorizing him during booze-fuelled bouts of rage
On closer examination, the ACS report from the fall of 2015, points to another source of stress and trauma for the boy, his parents, Maureen and Daniel Fitzpatrick, stating: “Danny said mom being drunk affects him in everything and makes him angry,” ACS alleged.
“He said dad also drinks, but controls himself more than mom. Student can’t remember a time.
Daniel’s sister found him dead in the attic on Aug. 11.
“Danny denies physical abuse by mom and dad, but says Kristen, his older sister, hides him in the attic or his room when mom is drunk. He says his dad and Kristen protect him.
“Danny denies suicidal thoughts, but feels angry, sad, has thoughts of wanting to run away. Mother is blaming his teachers for his failures and has written several accusatory letters to school. Student is afraid of both parents anger.”
Inspite of the report, family lawyer, Scott Rynecki insists Child protective services found “no credible evidence” of abuse or maltreatment and deemed the report “unfounded,” according to the letter.
“The belief is that the Catholic school themselves put in some sort of claim and spoke to the child and somehow twisted his claims. ACS issued a letter, which fully and completely exonerated the family,” Rynecki said and the New York police did confirm there were no reports of domestic incidents at the family’s home, dating back to at least, January 2015.
Daniel attended Holy Angels Catholic Academy in Bay Ridge, where he was regularly bullied by a group of five boys.
Daniel’s suicide note written weeks before his tragic death
Although Daniel, before his untimely death was set to start classes at a different school, Xaverian High School in Brooklyn, in the fall, Holy Angels had recommended that Daniel repeat the seventh grade, but at a different school. The principal told Daniel’s father she didn’t think the school would be a “good environment” for the boy to fall a grade behind, saying it might “damage his psyche.”
Daniel Fitzpatrick attended Holy Angels Catholic Academy in Bay Ridge, where it is he alleged, he was regularly bullied by a group of five boys and the teachers failed to intervene, although he did report the situation to school authorities
Daniel wrote about the five boys who had singled him out for constant teasing. “They did it constantly. I ended up fighting [o and got a fractured pinkie”.
His teenage tormentors called him lazy and threw balls at him in gym class, according to his parents. His mother Maureen Fitzpatrick said “My son shouldn’t have to die to be heard”.
“There’s something wrong with the adults in authority positions when kids can’t go to them for help.”
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Although Daniel met with a guidance counselor, his parents refused to give consent for ongoing appointments.
“Mommy loves you with all my heart and soul. I’ll see you later, and I thank God for giving me you,” Maureen said in her eulogy to her son.
The father, Daniel Fitzpatrick wrote : “I hope the memory of what you did to my son is burned in your brain for the rest of your life and you suffer as much as he suffered.” However, a couple of days later in a message obviously addressed to other young people who find themselves in similar circumstances, he adds “The choice that my boy made is an answer, but it’s not the right answer”.
“Don’t let anybody demean you because of the way you look, the way you feel — you matter. You do matter.
“And I’ll tell you honestly, you matter to me and you matter to my son.”