Grieving mother forgives school bullies who contributed to her teen daughter's suicide: 'You were too young to understand'
Jade was 19 and her body was discovered in Inverness around 11 days after she had gone missing from the New Craigs Psychiatric Hospital in November
A grieving mother found the immense courage to forgive the school bullies who had contributed towards her daughter's suicide which had taken place around three months ago.
The mother, Samantha Taylor who hails from Strathspey in the Scottish Highlands, posted a picture of her daughter Jade McGrath alongside a picture of her gravestone on her social media.
She shared that she no longer blames her daughter's school bullies and is now insisting that they were "too young to understand" what they were doing and the amount of damage they were causing.
Jade was 19 and her body was discovered in Inverness around 11 days after she had gone missing from the New Craigs Psychiatric Hospital in November. Taylor took to Facebook to share a post to Jade's bullies by directly saying, "you know who you are."
She wrote, "Although she fought hard and valiantly to overcome the damage that you caused, in the end, she lost her fight, just when she seemed to be finally turning a corner."
"She never got a chance to do her exams at Millburn because she was too terrified to go to school. That meant no college, so no qualifications, so she was forced to do unskilled low paid jobs. As a result of her sensitive gentle nature, she found it hard to recover from the bullying and abuse that you inflicted on her," she continued.
She then spoke about how she has no feeling of resentment towards her child's bullies. "I forgive you because you were only young when you inflicted this damage, too young to understand what you were doing. I know that you will always have the guilt of knowing that you were a contributing factor in our precious Jade's early demise, and that is punishment enough," she added.
"I want you to always make the time in your life to help the people that you go to college or uni with, or work with, people like Jade," she said.
"Gentle, sensitive, quirky people who have trouble fitting in, or try too hard to fit in because they don't think they are good enough just as they are. Go out of your way to include them, give them compliments, boost their self-confidence and self-esteem. Be kind to them and support them," she wrote.
Taylor added, "And when you become parents yourselves, please, please teach your kids to be kind to their classmates. Explain to them that some people take things to heart more than they should, so it's important to be gentle, kind, and inclusive."
She then spoke about how she is still suffering from the death of her daughter and said, "To see her crumble, slowly, (with plenty of peaks and troughs) over the last 6 years of her life has broken our hearts, permanently. I am writing this post as a small step towards ensuring that Jade's life was not in vain. It's all I have the energy to do at this point, just 3 months after the BPD took her from us."