A Texas family was struck with grief after they discovered their 12-year-old song had hung himself in his bedroom during a mandatory stay-at-home order in April 2020.
Now, almost a year later, the parents are sharing the details.
Hayden Hunstable’s parents say the 12-year-old had a difficult time after his Texas middle school switched to online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The isolation became so unbearable for Hayden that on April 17, 2020, just four days before his 13th birthday, he took his own life.
Kinlee, his 8-year-old sister, discovered his hanging body when she walked into his bedroom.
“My daughter ran downstairs and said Hayden has hung himself,” Brad, the father, said. “I ran up there, pulled him down and tried to save him. I performed CPR but I couldn’t save him. He was gone.”
Brad also revealed how his son was having a hard time with social isolation due to virtual learning, but he had no idea the extent of how bad it was.
Brad also wondered if Hayden was somehow triggered after breaking a new computer monitor, the second one in a few-month span.
“I don’t know if he was scared about getting into trouble or anxious about not being able to speak to his friends and ruining his birthday,” Brad said. “He either did it in impulsive anger or he got himself in a situation he couldn’t get out of.”
“I saw something horrific that day and I don’t wish it upon anybody. I still get nightmares about it,” Brad added.
Since the tragic incident, Brad and his family have started Hayden’s Corner, a nonprofit that aims to address the issue of youth suicide.