Posted: Jul 15, 2013 2:33 PM by Janine Reyes
Updated: Jul 16, 2013 12:22 AM
FLOUR BLUFF -- The family of a Flour Bluff teen who killed himself after being bullied has been sifting through his things recently. They say its only brought more painful memories of what Teddy Molina experienced before his death.
Teddy shot and killed himself April 1, 2012, just one month after he withdrew from the Flour Bluff School District because of bullying. Since then, his family has been advocating awareness on bullying.
They found some letters written by Teddy documenting the bullying they blame on their son's death.
They say the school never took action and they want that to change.
"Had I a clue that he would have done what he did, I would have done anything," said Mingo Molina. A year and three months after 16-year-old Teddy Molina shot himself to death, his family still struggles daily with their loss.
Teddy's dad is a huge advocate for students suffering what he says his son did, printing out bumper stickers and campaigning for change in schools.
Now, he's sharing these letters filled with words that are painful to read.
"He says the bullying and the racist comments like 'chink' and 'fat chinese boy' and 'talking about my mother has to stop,'" Molina said, reading one letter.
The school can't confirm if they ever got the 3 letters Mingo shared with us from Teddy, but a spokesperson says they've had a bullying policy in place since before Teddy's death and that has not changed. Since Teddy's death, they have placed a button on their home page, making it easier to report.
Still, Molina says not enough is done to protect kids from bullies.
"I want the way things are done now to change, I want students who are being bullied to be protected, I want bullies to be removed from school and the parents to be held accountable," said Molina.
The school never confirmed documented bullying involving Teddy.
His father says these letters are proof. They have no dates, some have names and in this handwritten letter, Teddy writes about being stopped on his way to report an incident to the principal. In it, he says "I did not feel safe, so I left the campus and went home."
Molina tried telling Teddy it would all be behind him one day. But, he says the bullying blinded his son from focusing on his future.
In what used to be Teddy's room, the family has built a memorial for him, they've filled it with signs of support, cards of comfort and pictures of their loved one.
"In his eyes it's the here and now and he was pushed to the snapping point," Molina said.
Molina hopes speaking out saves other families from feeling his pain. He offers this advice to parents who's kids are bullied; "If you feel your child is at risk or in trouble or in jeopardy, contact the police, that's one of the things we didn't do."
Molina's family does have an attorney from Round Rock looking into potentially filing a suit against the school, but they say the school has not turned over Teddy's records for their attorney to review.
We went to Flour Bluff officials today to ask about that. They tell us parents can access their student's records, but would not comment specifically on Teddy Molina.
Mingo Molina says anyone interested in supporting his anti-bully cause is welcome to contact him at email@example.com and pick up bumper stickers to speak out about the bullying problem.
You can also reach him on Facebook.
Do you have a tip, information about a breaking news story, or a story idea for 6 Investigates? Contact the KRIS 6 News Desk at 361-884-6666 or send us an email.
Send us your feedback. We want to hear from you!
Look at photos and videos and share them!
|KRISTV.COM Mobile Website
Get KRISTV.com on your mobile or PDA!
|KRISTV.COM Mobile Apps
Get our mobile apps on your mobile or PDA!
See the latest winning numbers!
|6 News Team
Read about your favorite KRIS-TV personalities!
|FCC Online Public File
FCC Public File of Records, Reports, and more