Two Minnesota middle school students are dead, and the evidence suggests bullying led to their deaths. Haylee Fentress and Paige Moravetz, both 14, hung themselves together at a slumber parter at Fentress’ home last weekend. The “inseparable” pair were discovered dead by Fentress’ mother.
Their families believe the two may have been more than simply friends. Fentress’ name on her Facebook page had been hyphenated to include Moravetz’s last name as well. The two were also recently expelled from school after Fentress defended Moravetz in a fight.
Fentress’ cousin, Patrick Martin told the Today Show, “The way she expressed her affection for Paige – they were sort of one in the same. I think Haylee found somebody that was kind of herself.”
Fentress’ parents were too grief-stricken to appear on camera, but released the following statement:
“We need to stop pretending that this isn’t happening or that it is just a cry for attention because obviously it is not… It shouldn’t take more tragedies to realize this.”
Bullying has been big news in Minnesota recently, and Fentress and Moravetz are hardly the first teens to take their own lives in the state. Marshall Middle School, where the girls attended, is denying bullying took place within its halls, saying, “We talked today at school about, just because it’s something someone texted or put on Facebook, it’s not a fact.” Sadly, the assertion that the girls were not victims of bullying does not seem to be the case. Two 14-year-olds are dead. This hardly seems the time for denial.
It’s all just so sad. What a tremendous waste of life. Our condolences go out to the loved ones of both girls.