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Two Teen Girls Hang Themselves During Sleepover

April 21, 2011 at 10:38 am by  

MARSHALL, Minn. — A small community is mourning the deaths of 14-year-old Haylee Fentress and 14-year-old Paige Moravetz, best friends who hanged themselves during a sleepover.

Moravetz was spending the night with Fentress Friday night and judging by some of their online activity, everything seemed pretty normal. Early Saturday morning, Fentress wished her cousin Happy Birthday on Facebook before calling a friend in Indiana. At around 6 a.m., Fentress’ mother found both of the girls had hanged themselves.

The girls had been planning this for awhile, leaving goodbye notes to their families and even giving instructions on how to handle their funerals. There has been no reports of bullying being mentioned in the suicide notes, but both girls reportedly complained of being bullied or ostracized at school. This hasn’t stopped some media outlets from posting that bullying was the sole reason why these girls made the decision to kill themselves, however.

Reportedly, the notes simply expressed love for their families and asked them not be sad over their deaths. Fentress also left her mother detailed plans for her funeral that included everything being  pink with butterflies.

According to Moravetz’s aunt, the girls’ friendship appeared to grow because of their feelings of being excluded. The friendship had gotten so close that Fentress had hyphenated her last name on Facebook to include the last name of her friend. She had also been expelled from school recently because she defended Moravetz during a fight.

Whenever I read stories like this, I immediately think of GINGER SNAPS, or that phenomena that often occurs in which two people do some extreme things together as a pair that they never would have even thought of doing individually. Whatever the reason, it’s so aggravating that as an adult you cannot crawl into some of these young people’s heads to let them know that in the grand scheme of things, all of the crap they are going through is fleeting. It’s even more aggravating that at 14, they were so close to finding this out themselves.

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