A Beautiful Girl with a Broken Heart: An Open Letter to the Family and Friends of Sarah Lynn Butler
Sarah Lynn Butler was a seventh grader who seemed to have it all. She was pretty, talented, and she had been voted Queen for the Upcoming Fall Festival at her school, but all this attention made Sarah a target and she soon started receiving hateful messages from her peers.
Although MySpace is now a thing of the past, it was still pretty popular when Sarah was around and this I the platform that her attackers used to harass her. Like a good parent, Sarah’s mother tried to stay aware of what her daughter was doing on social media and what people were saying about her, so some red flags were raised when she realized certain students were calling her a slut. She confronted Sarah about the negative messages, but Sarah then decided to delete her mother off of her friend’s list on MySpace which made it impossible for her mother to read messages on Sarah’s page.
Sadly though, the messages kept coming, and they continued to make Sarah feel worse and worse about herself. The breaking point occurred when Sarah read a message on her page that stated she was, “just a stupid little naïve girl” and alluded to the idea that she would be easily forgotten and no one would miss her. When Sarah’s parents got home, they discovered to their horror that she had hanged herself. She left a suicide note that stated that she couldn’t handle what others were saying about her.
To Sarah’s Family: Your daughter was taken away from you at a very young age, and for that, I am deeply sorry. She appeared to have a great deal of confidence before she was bullied, and it is sad to think that people will intentionally aim to break people to make themselves feel stronger. I hope you will find comfort in knowing that Sarah is now at peace, and can finally shine the way she was supposed to.
To Sarah’s Friends: Losing friends is tough. Losing friends at a young age is even tougher. I am so sorry for your loss. It is important now to remember Sarah and the wonderful girl that she was before she started being bullied. Words can hurt, but they can also kill. That is why it is so imperative for friends to stand together and look out for one another. If you know that someone is being bullied stand up for them, and tell and adult what is going on. It is almost impossible to take on bullies alone, but by working together you can save lives.