Anna Mendez, a mom driven by the untimely passing of her son, starts an organization called NAPAB to advocate for victims of bullying. After Daniel’s death, the lack of awareness among educators and doctors about the gravity of bullying becomes particularly disturbing. Statistics are staggering. Children from all races, color, creed, gender and socioeconomic groups are affected. No one is immune. Anna knows from personal experience that bullying, often thought to be harmless and falls under the radar, devastates too many school aged children, is preventable and can lead to suicide. Yet some still do not want to acknowledge it.
Email Daniel wrote to his doctor: “High school is a war zone - kill or be killed. Make fun of someone or get made fun of. I’m still trying to cope with not allowing other people to get to me. People talk crap to me because they know they can and they know I won’t do anything about it. I would if I could but I can’t.”
Doctor's intake notes. After Daniel's death, same doctor states he did not know about bullying.