Fifteen is an exciting agenot quite old enough to drive to Sonic on your own, but old enough to be out of the pre-teens and on your way to a Friday night football game. Fifteen-year-olds should have so much going for thema wide-eyed future, a license on the horizon, and a time in your life that should be filled with friends and fun.
No 15-year-old should ever be driven to suicide. But for Sadie Riggs, bullies took from her everything she could have possibly hoped for in her first year of high schoolincluding her life.
Often, when someone passes away, their obituary remembers them in a beautiful way that helps others focus on the good times and appreciate the loved one whos passed.
Sadies obituary did just thatand more.
Its not often you see an obituary with the gory details or deeply personal information regarding the death of the person theyre written about.
But Sadies family was not going to let her suicide and her death slip by. They wanted to make certain that the only thing being said about their precious Sadie girl was the truth.
Reading obituaries to kids over Sunday night dinner doesnt seem all that typical. But the life and death of Sadie Riggs is one that every parent and child needs to hear about.
In a viral Facebook post, the family announces the death of Miss Sadie L. Riggs, 15, of Bedford, then confirms that she took her own life on Monday, June 19, 2017.
Sadie was born in Bedford on December 4, 2001.She is survived by her father, Eric Riggs, and step mother, Alicia Smith of Bedford, and her biological mother, Beverly (Dodson) Riggs of Hopewell, and by her motherly aunt, Sarah Smith, with whom she resided.
Sadie was a member of the Solid Rock Christian Fellowship Church in Bedford. She played softball and loved reading, drawing and music. Sadie was a sweet and loving girl and she will be greatly missed.
Pretty typical for an obituaryloving, general and simply stating a few things about the beautiful young woman that was taken from them far too soon.
But the family wasnt finished. After giving people the rosesthe sweet details of Sadies lifethey laid it all out there for everyone to know what really caused her sudden death.
In an effort to debunk the rumors about Sadies death we would like to share this information. Yes, Sadie took her own life, she hung herself.
It is hard to fathom that someone so young could be so troubled. Sadie was seeking help, she was in counseling and taking medication, but it was all too much for such a young soul to live with.
If you take a minute and look at Sadies family dynamics you will see that a large percent of the people in her life were not related to her by blood but she was sent to us by God who knew this child needed a family. Sadie had a tough life and until a recent incident at school she handled everything life served her.
They didnt place blame or pass judgement. They simply stated the facts.
For a young lady so excited about going to the High School things sure went terribly wrong for her. For the bullies involved, please know you were effective in making her feel worthless.
That is all between you and God now, but please know that it is not [too] late to change your ways. Sadies death has taken us to dark places, we will stick together and protect one another as we try to make sense of this tragic loss.
To all the bullies out there, I just want you to know that as much as we despise your actions never, ever do we wish for you to feel the paralyzing pain that engulfs our bodies, a pain so severe that it makes the simple act of breathing difficult or the guilt that leaves us wondering what we could have done differently-or that struggle to remember the last words we spokeOur hearts are beyond broken.
Sadie, it was a privilege to have you in our lives and we will always love you. May you find peace in the arms of God and may we all be kind to one another.
In lieu of flowers, the family of Sadie ask that you be kind to one another.
Losing a child to suicide is something that most cant even imagine. Its a death that is completely preventable, and no child should ever be made to feel worthless like Sadie was.
Her familys honest words are just what all of our children need to be reminded of todaynot that sticks and stones may break my bones, and words will never hurt me, but that our words and our actions hold so much power.
Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. James 3:5
Sadies lifeand now deathserve as an incredible resource in teaching our kids how to treat others. It can teach self-awareness and pose them to look inwardly and reflect on their own actions toward others.
Dont let another child suffer in silence like Sadie Riggs. Fifteenis an innocent time that should be full of fun, laughter, homework and milestones. Not bullies, suicide and obituaries. Theres a grave difference, and we cannot afford the latter.
Praying for sweet Sadies family,and for the bullies she encountered, today.