The heartbreaking letter from the parents of Drayke, the boy who committed suicide after being bullied at school


Drayke Hardman in one of the photos shared by his parents

The parents of Drayke Hardmanthe boy whose suicide after suffering School bullying shocked the world, they wrote an emotional letter to summon all their friends to celebrate the life of the 12-year-old boy and share his memories with the family.

“Drayke was born to heal this world, from the moment he opened those big blue eyes to the day he took his last breath, he loved, he loved with every part of his being. He loved making people laugh and always wanted them to have a friend. Once you were friends with Drayke, you were stuck forever,” they wrote. Andy Y samie Hardman in a moving memory of his son.

Drayke he died on February 10, 2022. He ended his life after a year of bullying by a schoolmate. The funeral will be on Friday, February 18, in Salt Lake City, in the state of Utah. The function will be private, but the family has published a website where they have shared photos of the boy and where it is possible to leave messages of condolence.

Drayke Hardman on the website created by the parents to announce the funeral.  The parents said they were sharing Drayke's story to raise awareness of the terrible consequences bullying can have and to encourage people to always be kind and generous.
Drayke Hardman on the website created by the parents to announce the funeral. The parents said they were sharing Drayke’s story to raise awareness of the terrible consequences bullying can have and to encourage people to always be kind and generous.

“He was our old soul who never wanted to grow up”the parents wrote in their message. “I wanted to be a boy forever.”

“This boy knew love, every day of his life, he was our world, my world, his father’s world, his sister’s world… we revolved around this boy… To know Drayke was to love him, he had a fire that lit people up, his witty personality and those baby blue eyes won everyone over. He is our boy, the only person who at any moment would just stop and give us a hug, tell us a million times a day ‘I love you’”.

Drayke Hardman in one of the photos published on the site of the tribute to the child
Drayke Hardman in one of the photos published on the site of the tribute to the child

Parents also recalled Drayke’s passion for basketball and his state team, the Utah Jazz. “To say he was obsessed is an understatement,” they wrote. “He always told his father and his sisters that he was going to be the lowest star in the NBA, so he could join D. Mitchell [un jugador de Utah] and conquer basketball.

“Little friend, you are your mom’s ‘sweetheart’ forever, you are your dad’s guide forever, and now you are your older sisters’ protector forever. We’re not sure how to navigate this life without you. We were supposed to spend the rest of our lives loving you and instead you spent the rest of yours loving us. Until we can hug you again grandma says, ‘Be careful,'” they said.

Drayke Hardman with his mother
Drayke Hardman with his mother

“Our hearts are broken, we don’t know how to fix it, or if we ever will, but we will spend every minute teaching kindness in memory of our favorite friend.”assured the parents.

Andy and Samie also thanked the first responders, doctors and nurses who cared for their son, the school and everyone who called and left messages of condolences. In fact, the website announcing the boy’s funeral was flooded with emotions messages from all over the world.

Drayke with her sisters at the hospital.  They were the ones who found him after he tried to kill himself.  He taken to hospital in critical condition, pronounced dead on February 10 morning.
Drayke with her sisters at the hospital. They were the ones who found him after he tried to kill himself. He taken to hospital in critical condition, pronounced dead on February 10 morning.

“We listen to you and absolutely love you to the bottom of our souls”they wrote.

The parents said they were sharing the story of Drayke for raise awareness of the dire consequences bullying can have Y encourage people to be kind and generous always.

“Teach Kindness”they concluded. “Do it for Drayke.”

At the Buenos Aires Suicide Assistance Center, they serve anyone in crisis on the toll-free lines 135 from Buenos Aires and GBA or at (54-11) 5275-1135 24 hours a day. There is also the Center for Attention to Family Suicide (CAFS): Tel. (011) 4758-2554 ([email protected]www.familiardesuicida.com.ar).

In Mexico, the National System of Support, Psychological Counseling and Crisis Intervention by Telephone (SAPTEL) offers telephone attention 24 hours a day at the number: 0155 5259-8121. In the United States you can dial +1-888-628-9454.

In the United States, there is National Suicide Prevention Network to ask for help; you can call 1-888-628-9454 or 1-800-273-8255, the National Suicide Prevention Service hotline, to speak with someone who will give you free and confidential support 24 hours a day, seven days a week of the week. The CDC also recommend their own policiesprevention programs and practices.

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