Parents Looking For Justice Over Bullied Son's Death

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Daniel Briggs was a junior at Thousand Islands High School.

His mother says he was happy in many ways and looking forward to college.

"He loved the outdoors. He loved nature," said Amy Briggs. 

But at school, his parents say, Daniel was being picked on by a small group of students.

Mom and Dad say they contacted school officials 50 to 60 times about the problem over a nine-year period.

"They might talk to the kid. They might suspend them for a day or so, depending on what had actually taken place. But that just made it worse for Daniel, because then, the taunting, the 'Oh, run home to mommy, run to the principal,'" said Amy.

Last week, Daniel apparently took his own life at home after school. 

He had still seemed happy on the outside.

But inside, he had begun to harbor a secret - that the bullying hadn't stopped.

"He stopped talking to us and he might tell a few other people, his cousins, his classmates. But he wouldn't tell anyone in authority because he didn't want to make it worse," said Amy.

The briggs say their son's death is due almost entirely to bullying at school and that the school hasn't done nearly enough to educate students about the problem.

The superintendent says the school does quite a bit to address bullying.

In Daniel's case, he says an internal investigation is underway.

"We are reviewing all the protocols and procedures on our situation to see what we could have done to improve - what number of reports came in and what the issues were," said Frank House, district superintendent.

State police are also investigating.

"They're looking for, I think, cell phones primarily," said House.

"We will be making sure that people will be held accountable," said Amy. "Now that they no longer have our Daniel to torment, they're going to move on to somebody else and we need to stop that."

There's a school board meeting Tuesday night.

The Briggs plan to be there with questions.

Friday, October 31, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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