Daniel Fitzpatrick Suicide: Principal Rosemarie McGoldrick Holy Angels Catholic Academy (Photos, Facts)
Daniel Fitzpatrick was a 13-year-old who had a lot to live for. Sadly, he decided to take his own life because of the bullying he faced in school. He also said that school staff like Holy Angels Catholic Academy principal Rosemarie McGoldrick did nothing to help him.Advertisement
“I gave up. The teachers either, they didn’t do ANYTHING! Mrs. McGoldrick didn’t do anything. I told all the teachers, nothing except one,” wrote Daniel in a letter he had penned before he hung himself in his family home’s attic. “I wanted to get out. I begged and pleaded. Eventually, I did get. I failed but I didn’t care. I was out, that’s all I wanted.”
McGoldrick has long been a principal of the academy, which is part of the Roman Catholic Our Lady of Angels system. Back in 2011, she and her staff organized a “Breakfast with Santa” event for the Holy Angels students. They served breakfast at the school cafeteria, and everyone got to enjoy some arts and craft.
“I am happy to see the kids have a good time,” she later told the Brooklyn Reporter.
Last year, McGoldrick became a recipient of the Lighting the Fire for Catholic Education award during a gathering organized by the Catholic Administrators Association of New York State, according to a report from The Tablet. McGoldrick had said she was accepting the award in the name of her colleagues at the Diocese of Brooklyn.
Speaking to school administrators, she remarked that “a fire is lit one twig at a time” and that “one by one, day by day, we light the fire.”
She further said, “We don’t always see the light of the fire burning, but if we didn’t do what we do and the fire went out, what a dark world it would be.”
During the awarding, McGoldrick was joined by her husband Michael.
As news of Daniel’s suicide spread, the New York Daily News reports that they had initially spoken to Mr. McGoldrick when they tried to visit her home in Queens. He said that his wife was at school, but it seemed she wasn’t. The McGoldricks didn’t answer the door when they were visited a second time.