We saw this on one of Leslie's Facebook friends page and knew, right away, that the obituary of 15 year old, Sadie L. Riggs, of Bedford, PA, needed to be read by as many people as possible. The obituary found on the Geisel Funeral Home website, not only calls out the behavior of the bullies but also delivers a powerful message of being kind to others.

Photo: Geisel Funeral Home
Photo: Geisel Funeral Home

Sadie Riggs obituary delivers a powerful message from her loved ones that you should read to your children.

Miss Sadie L. Riggs, 15, of Bedford, took her own life on Monday, June 19th, 2017.

Sadie was born in Bedford on December 4, 2001. She is survived by her father, Eric Riggs and step mother Alicia Smith of Bedford and her biological mother, Beverly (Dodson) Riggs of Hopewell and by her motherly aunt, Sarah Smith, with whom she resided.

Sadie was a member of the Solid Rock Christian Fellowship Church in Bedford. She played softball and loved reading, drawing and music. Sadie was a sweet and loving girl and she will be greatly missed.

And then, it gets REALLY real. Her loved ones hold nothing back as they explain the reason Sadie took her own life:

In an effort to debunk the rumors about Sadie’s death we would like to share this information. Yes, Sadie took her own life, she hung herself. It is hard to fathom that someone so young could be so troubled. Sadie was seeking help, she was in counselling and taking medication, but it was all too much for such a young soul to live with. If you take a minute and look at Sadie’s family dynamics you will see that a large percent of the people in her life were not not related to her by blood but she was sent to us by God who knew this child needed a family. Sadie had a tough life and until a recent incident at school she handled everything life served her. For a young lady so excited about going to the High School things sure went terribly wrong for her. For the bullies involved, please know you were effective in making her feel worthless. That is all between you and God now, but please know that it is not to late to change your ways. Sadie’s death has taken us to dark places, we will stick together and protect one another as we try to make sense of this tragic loss. To all the bullies out there, I just want you to know that as much as we despise your actions never, ever do we wish for you to feel the paralyzing pain that engulfs our bodies, a pain so severe that it makes the simple act of breathing difficult or the guilt that leaves us wondering what we could have done differently-or that struggle to remember the last words we spoke…Our hearts are beyond broken. Sadie, it was a privilege to have you in our lives and we will always love you. May you find peace in the arms of God and may we all be kind to one another.

In lieu of flowers, the family of Sadie ask that you be kind to one another.

RIP, sweet Sadie. Please read this to your kids. #ReActtoBullying #nomore

WKDQ has partnered with ReACTct to Bullying, a non profit organization that is boring to put as stop to bullying in our schools. Here some videos of how a positive change is starting to take place.


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