20-year-old Tim Ribberink, from the village of Tilligte, just east of Amsterdam, killed himself earlier this month. Ribberink, who was studying to be a teacher, never spoke with his friends or family about being bullied. But his suicide note, published by his parents in a local paper, is a dark reminder that this issue affect people around the world.
The note translates: “Dear Mum and Dad, All my life I have been ridiculed, abused, bullied and excluded. You guys are fantastic. I hope you’re not angry. Until we meet again.”
Ribberink’s parents published the note along side his death announcment. In a note read by the families pastor, the parents said they made the note public to ensure people know about and discussed the issue of bullying.
“Tim was a history student, and that is why we quote Winston Churchill on his behalf to other people who are being bullied: ‘Never, never, never give up’.”
Ribberink’s parents have ask the police to investigate his death. The only time his parents saw their son attacked was over posts made online, though they said he denied any ongoing issue.