Family says bullying continued even after 13-year-old daughter hung herself

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The 13-year-old hanged herself in her bedroom Tuesday, according to ABC6. "And it said, 'Sorry, Mom, you're gonna find me like this, '" Freddie tearfully recalled.

The Avila's told NBC News they put Rosalie in counseling after they discovered she had become reclusive and was cutting herself.

Mesa View Middle School in Yucaipa, California, mourned the death of eighth grader Rosalie Avila with a candlelight vigil last week, where hundreds of Avila's peers, teachers and loved ones attended. "Next time don't tuck me in this", with a photo of a bed, "Tuck me in THIS", with a edited picture of Rosalie's face pasted over someone pointing to a grave. She wanted to be a lawyer, said her family, who told KTLA that they are planning to donate Rosalie's organs.

Her parents turned over a journal to police that described the bullying she faced from classmates. In tears he said, "and now I gotta just think about what she could have done or what she could have become".

"Rose just kept this to herself", Freddy said.

"They told me I was ugly today", she wrote. The parents are demanding answers from the school they say failed to prevent students from tormenting their daughter.

Charlene said she couldn't understand how someone could be so mean to her.

Mesa View Middle School released a statement saying: "No one can fathom the heartbreak and confusion that we are certain many of our students and families are feeling right now". "Crisis counselors and intervention teams will be available and supporting our students throughout the district in the upcoming days".

Rosalie's death is part of a startling rise in suicides across the United States, particularly among teenage girls.

In one case, the Avila's received a meme on social media.

Phyllis Alongi, clinical director for Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide based in Freehold, N.J., said screen time is only one piece of the puzzle.

Worse, even after their daughter committed suicide, Freddie and Charlene Avila saw the bullying move from their daughter to them. "You're a very heartless person, and you have no compassion".

Her parents, Charlene and Freddie Avila from Loma Linda, California, found their daughter and rushed her to a nearby hospital where she has been on life support ever since.

"I woke up and there was screaming", he said. "Something needs to be done".

The bullying didn't stop after Rosalie attempted suicide.

The family will take Rosalie off life support at 9 p.m. PT Monday.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with the costs of Rosalie's burial. She apologized to her parents for finding her "like this".

They also don't want to forget the good memories with their daughter: watching movies and drinking hot cocoa, heading to the beach and seeing that unforgettable smile that "would light up the whole room with her laughter", they wrote on a GoFundMe page.

"We are an emotional wreck", Charlene said.

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