TRAGIC Jade McGrath’s grief-stricken mum has publicly forgiven her school bullies and asked them to be kind to others in her memory.
Jade, 19, went missing from New Craigs psychiatric hospital in the Leachkin area of Inverness in November. Her body was found 11 days later.
Her mum Samantha Taylor took to social media yesterday to describe the horrifying affect bullying had on the teen, who was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).
Samantha, from Strathspey, called out Jade’s bullies on Facebook in a emotional post, writing: “You know who you are.
“I want you to know a few things.
“The damage that you did to her self esteem was profound and long-lasting.
“Although she fought hard and valiantly to over come the damage that you caused, in the end she lost her fight, just when she seemed to be finally turning a corner.
“She never got a chance to do her exams at Millburn because she was too terrified to go to school.
“That meant no college, so no qualifications, so she was forced to do unskilled low paid jobs.
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“As a result of her sensitive gentle nature, she found it hard to recover from the bullying and abuse that you inflicted on her.
“She developed mental health and behavioural problems which were related to her poor self esteem. Until the bullying started, her self esteem was fine.”
Jade was diagnosed with BPD, which her mum says was a result of “trauma” from bulling in her early years.
Brave Samantha then went on to forgive the bullies for what they did to her daughter.
She added: “I forgive you, Because you were only young when you inflicted this damage, too young to understand what you were doing.
“I know that you will always have the guilt of knowing that you were a contributing factor in our precious Jade’s early demise, and that is punishment enough.
“So I am not writing this post out of hatred or revenge.
“Instead of adding to your pain by blaming you, I want to ask you to do something for Jade, in her honour and her memory.
“I want you to always make the time in your life to help the people that you go to college or uni with, or work with, people like Jade.
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“Gentle, sensitive, quirky people who have trouble fitting in, or try too hard to fit in because they don’t think they are good enough just as they are.
“Even if you don’t feel like doing this, do it any way, do it for Jade and all of the other young people who suffered and died the way she did.
“And when you become parents yourselves, please, please teach your kids to be kind to their class mates.”
A massive search operation was launched when Jade went missing on November 28, but her body was only found hidden among bushes and trees 11 days later.
If you are affected by any of the issues raised in this article, please call the Samaritans on (free) 116123.