CBS 7 Exclusive: Bullied To The Brink, Teen Turns Struggle To Inspiration For Others 5/4/13
CBS 7 News
May 4, 2013
Bullying made Nicole Rodriguez feel like she had no place to go. It changed her life forever.
Just months after trying to take her own life, she's preparing to tell her story in the hopes that other teens won't make the same decision.
“She was gone,” said Marsha, Quintana, Nicole’s mother. “I wasn’t gonna see her anymore..and thanks to a great staff at community hospital they were able to help us.”
“It’s not made up, bullying happens, it’s real,” said Rodriguez.
One look at the dozens of smiling photos that hang along Nicole's bedroom wall, and you may never guess the 14-year-old's struggle with bullying. A struggle that lead her to a dark place.
"I let all of these things get to me when none of it was even halfway true,” Rodriguez said. “You get to the point where you try to end your life and that’s not something you want—especially when you’re a teenager and you have so much more to come.”
Nicole's darkest moment came in January--when bullying drove her to hurt herself. She almost didn't make it.
"I just thought about everything I had ahead of me and that I wanted to be when I was older, and I knew I didn’t want to end my life over one little thing,” Rodriguez said.
Her mother Marsha says it is a miracle that Nicole is still here and now she has a chance to make a difference in the lives of other teens who are bullied. Nicole is a keynote speaker at the upcoming midland anti bullying rally.
"We want to put a stop to it and we want people to know they hurt others when they hurt themselves,” said Marsha Quintana, Nicole’s mother.
Nicole is a nervous about the speech -- but says she is ready--and hopes to help other teens in a dark place.
"I understand that it hurts, don't end your life over words or actions because you have more to life than you think you really do,” Rodriguez said.
There is hope for teens and parents. If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts or struggling with any mental health issue, please contact the local suicide hotline at (432) 570-3300 in Midland, (432) 333-3265 in Odessa and 1-877-475-7322 in Ft. Stockton and 1-800-542-4005 in Alpine. All of these numbers serve surrounding counties. There is also a national hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or 1-800-273-TALK.
The Midland Anit-Bullying Rally takes place at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, May 16th at Grande Stadium.