Bullied Teen Brandy Vela Kills Herself In Front Of Her Family
I am devastated, shocked, and heartbroken. This needs to stop.
Texas teen Brandy Vela was lost thinking that she couldn’t escape the torment she endured at the hands of fellow students at her school. The 18-year-old senior should have been excited as she prepared for graduation and the new, blossoming chapter of her post-high school career, but instead she fell into a depression because she had been the victim of endless bullying.
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According to Brandy’s grief-stricken father, Raul Vela, Brandy would regularly tell him about the teasing she experienced. He said she’d been made fun of about her weight for years but in April, students began creating fake profiles online pretending to be her.
“[They] set up an account saying she was actually soliciting sex,” he told news station KHOU.
As if that wasn’t distressing enough, they relentlessly called to harass Brandy. She finally changed her phone number and even filed a police report, but the bullying didn’t stop.
“[The police] couldn’t do anything because [the suspects] used an app and it wasn’t traceable, and they couldn’t do something until something happened, like they fight,” her sister Jackie Vela told CNN.
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Brandy believed there was no way out, so she sent an email to her parents and grandparents telling them she planned on taking her life. Panicked, they all rushed to her home and found her very much alive, but distraught. She was holding a gun pressed to her chest as her loved ones begged her to put it down.
She ignored their pleas and killed herself right in front of them.
“We tried to persuade her to put the gun down but she was determined,” Raul recounted. “She said she’d come too far to turn back. It was very unfortunate that I had to see that. It’s hard when your daughter tells you to turn around. You feel helpless.”
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Before Brandy committed suicide, she sent her sister one last text that read, “I love you so much, please remember that, and I’m sorry for everything.”
Her taunters aren’t off the hook as the Texas City Police are investigating Brandy’s death as a cyber-bullying crime.
Earthlings, should the teenagers who bullied Brandy be prosecuted? If so, to what extent?