Slumber party turns fatal
A slumber party in April, 2011, turned tragic for two Minnesota eighth graders. Paige Moravitz and Haylee Fentress allegedly went through with a suicide pact by hanging themselves.
The girls, who were both 14, left suicide notes for their families. Haylee had recently moved to the area and became best friends with Paige. She complained to her family that she felt ostracized and bullied. Her aunt stated that Haylee felt that she didn’t fit in and was teased about her weight and red hair.
At some point, Paige got into a fight at school. Haylee came to her defense and was expelled. Haylee even added Paige’s last name to her own on a Facebook page. Her letter to her mother included details regarding her funeral. She requested that everything be pink with butterflies and a princess. Haylee’s mother found the girls and attempted to resuscitate them.
Family members of both girls granted interviews on the Today Show. Their mothers also spoke out against bullying and cyberbullying shortly after their passing. They stated that the girls were subjected to online bullying and through text messages. If you’re being bullied or witness bullying at school or anywhere else, don’t remain a bystander. Do something about it such as stepping in if you feel safe doing so or reporting it immediately to an adult. It’s too easy to look away and pretend nothing happened. You can help save a life by taking action.