Celebrities and people around the country are sending a strong message against bullying after a 12-year-old boy from Utah died of suicide.
More than $125,000 has been raised in a GoFundMe campaign for the funeral expenses of Drayke Hardman, a young boy who died by suicide last Thursday after he was repeatedly picked on at school over the last year, CBS station KUTV reported.
Who Was Drayke Hardman?
Drayke Hardman was a 12-year-old-schoolboy from Tooele County, Utah, who tragically passed away on 10 February 2022 after reportedly trying to take his own life in response to bullying from a classmate.
The boy’s grieving parents, Andy and Samie Hardman have since told KUTV that they had been in contact with their son’s school about the problem prior to his death, which had seen him return home with a black eye earlier in the week and later confide to his sister that the injury was sustained during a physical altercation with a peer.
Drayke subsequently missed basketball practice on Wednesday evening, whereupon he made a suicide attempt, was discovered by his sisters, and raced to the hospital, only to be pronounced dead in intensive care on Thursday morning.
The Hardman family appealed to other parents to look out for the tell-tale signs of bullying in their own children’s lives and urged them to intervene to prevent further tragedies from taking place.