12-year-old East Harlem boy driven to suicide after sick bullies taunted him about his dead father

It’s a parent’s worst nightmare come true. Joel Morales’ mother found her son’s body hanging from the shower rod in bathroom.

On Wednesday, May 30, 2012, Joel hanged himself in his East Harlem apartment.

He was just 12-years-old.

When I was 12, all I worried about was the correct amount of slouch to have in my Warthog socks. Now these kids are worrying about whether or not they want to LIVE.

Joel was apparently driven to suicide by bullies who mercilessly teased him for being SHORT and BRAINY, leading up to one bully teased Joel about his dead father.

“I’m tired of all this bullying,” Joel, who was 4 months old when his dad died, told a friend just hours before taking his life, according to his aunt.


Rest in Peace Joel. You will not be forgotten.


Photo Courtesy of the New York Daily News.

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