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The tragic story of Drayke Hardman, the boy who committed suicide after being bullied at school

The tragic story of Drayke Hardman, the boy who committed suicide after being bullied at school

The tragic story of Drayke Hardman, the boy who committed suicide after being bullied at school

Drayke Hardman, 12-year-old student from Tooele County, Utah, tragically passed away on February 10, 2022. The little boy took his own life after suffering for a year bullying from a classmate.

The boy’s parents, Andy and Samie Hardman, are heartbroken by what happened to Drayke. Both told a local media outlet that they had been in contact with their son’s school about the problem before his death, because earlier in the week he returned home with a black eye, and confessed to his sister that the injury occurred during a physical altercation with a partner.

On February 9, Drayke had basketball practice at night but did not show up. After that he tried to commit suicide. His sisters found him in critical condition, so he was taken to the hospital, however, he did not resist and died the next morning.

Given what happened with their children, the Hardmans want to do a wake-up call to other parents and thus prevent more children from going through what Drayke went through. Both stated that they seek to share the story of their little one to raise awareness about the terrible realities of bullying and promoted a hashtags on social media: #doitfordrayke (do it for Drayke), to encourage people to always be kind and generous.

“This is the result of bullying, my handsome boy was fighting a battle that even I couldn’t save him. It is real, it is silent and there is absolutely nothing you can do as a parent to take away this deep pain. No signs, just hurtful words from others who ultimately stole OUR Drayke from this cruel place,” said Samie Hardman, the boy’s mother.

“How could a 12-year-old boy who was fiercely loved by everyone Do you think life is so difficult that you need to get out of it? he asked himself.

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He continued: “My heart is broken, I don’t know how to fix it, or if I ever will, but I will spend every minute teaching kindness in memory of my favorite person. His purpose here was teach kindness, show love and he absolutely did, he took anyone for a friend so that they would have one. Once you were in Drayke’s tribe, you were there forever.”

“I can’t begin to express how grateful I am for my people, for the calls, the texts, all the messages. I’m trying to reply, but I don’t know how at the moment. I’ll say hug them, hug them tight. Teach them to live and love fiercely. Teach kindness and #doitfordrayke.”

The boy’s father tweeted about his son’s love by the Utah Jazz basketball team and tagged several of his favorite players.

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He said: “Our sweet 12 year old passed away this morning after an attempt to take his own life last night. He is the biggest fan of @utahjazz. Thank you for making a bright spot in his heart. #makefordrayke.”

A family friend has created an account GoFundMe for financiate Drayke’s funeral and memorial service costs, with Utah Jazz basketball stars Donovan Mitchell, Joe Ingles and Rudy Gobert already contributing after being alerted to the tragedy by Andy Hardman on Twitter, who told them how important the team had been to his late son.

The page has already raised over $80,000 after Drayke’s story was shared on social media.

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One donor said: “This is heartbreaking! I’m so sorry your precious boy was bullied until he couldn’t take it anymore.” (I)

Source: Eluniverso

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