Samantha Taylor posted a photograph of herself with her daughter at a younger age
A grieving mother has publicly forgiven the bullies who tormented her teenage daughter and appealed to them to make time in future for “gentle and sensitive” individuals.
In an emotional message on Facebook, Samantha Taylor said her daughter Jade McGrath, 19, who took her own life three months ago, was too “terrified” to finish school.
Posting a photograph of her daughter when she was younger, alongside a picture of her gravestone, she added that she forgave Jade’s bullies as they were “too young to understand” the effect they were having.
The teenager, who was from the Aviemore area, was reported missing from a psychiatric hospital in Inverness in November and her body was found 11 days later, less than a mile away among trees and bushes.
Her mother, addressing herself to those who “excluded, bullied or assaulted” her daughter at three different schools, said: "Although she fought hard and valiantly to overcome the damage that you caused, in the end she lost her fight, just when she seemed to be finally turning a corner.
"She never got a chance to do her exams at Millburn because she was too terrified to go to school. That meant no college, so no qualifications, so she was forced to do unskilled low paid jobs.
Ms Taylor also posted a photo of her daughter's grave
"As a result of her sensitive, gentle nature, she found it hard to recover from the bullying and abuse that you inflicted on her."
She added: "I forgive you, because you were only young when you inflicted this damage, too young to understand what you were doing.
"I know that you will always have the guilt of knowing that you were a contributing factor in our precious Jade’s early demise, and that is punishment enough.”
She asked anyone who was involved to “honour” her daughter’s memory and to make time in their lives “to help the people that you go to college or uni with, or work with, people like Jade”.
She added: "Gentle, sensitive, quirky people who have trouble fitting in, or try too hard to fit in because they don’t think they are good enough just as they are.
"Go out of you way to include them, give them compliments, boost their self confidence and self esteem. Be kind to them and support them.
"And when you become parents yourselves, please, please teach your kids to be kind to their classmates.
"Explain to them that some people take things to heart more than they should, so it’s important to be gentle, kind, and inclusive.”
Ms Taylor said in the post that her daughter was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and added that it was heart breaking to see her “crumble” over the last six years of her life.