An 11-year-old girl came home to find the throat of her Raggedy Ann doll slit, along with a note that read the following stuffed inside:
This is a warning that you should kill yourself before I do
p.s. my last name starts with a H.
After making the disturbing discovery on her porch, Bella Mastracci immediately ran to her mother, Cami Amato, who, naturally, called the police. Since there are no fingerprints on the doll, no one has been named as a suspect just yet. But Amato believes that the harasser may be a boy her daughter had problems with in the past. "We followed up on the possible suspect that the mother believed [did it], and we didn't find any reason to believe that he was involved in the case, but we are still looking into everything," Powell Police Department spokesperson Megan Canavan said.
Bella, who only has a few more weeks until she has to go back to school, said that she's not going to let this god-awful note get her down. But she did have a message for whoever did it: "Stop bullying. Don't be mean. Don't bully anybody else, because it's hurting them."
Although Bella is looking on the bright side of things, I can't imagine her mother is. Although I by no means consider myself a "helicopter parent", I would be hovering over my child non-stop after something like this, until the person was found. There are way too many crazy people out there, and if, god forbid, anything ever happened, and I knew I could have prevented it, I would never be able to live with myself. This isn't something that ought to be taken lightly. Not in today's sick world. The note looks like it was written by a kid, but ... what if it wasn't?
Hopefully, the person who wrote this harassing note is found soon, and Bella and her family can go back to living in peace. And hopefully the person will heed Bella's message. Stop being mean. Stop being a bully.
What would you do if your child received a note like this?
Images via Powell Police Department