Her family only learned about her dark secrets after she hanged herself last year, mom Jennifer Sellers told I knew the part of her that she wanted me to know,” Sellers said.“But as a parent, it never occurred to me there might be more.” Sydney’s December suicide shocked the Pell City family. Sydney was a happy, free-spirited student with a small group of close girlfriends and a “straight-as-an-arrow” boyfriend. The family went to church together filled in the morning — Sydney’s first mass serving as an altar girl — and the 14-year-old spent the afternoon with her boyfriend to celebrate his birthday while the Sellers ran family errands. By day, the Alabama 14-year-old was an honors student, a taekwondo black belt and a loving daughter who served in the family church.
Her mom, an attorney, and dad, who's in law enforcement, had no idea about the bullying, the cutting or the online chats. That night, the proud mom made her daughter’s favorite dinner: turkey, Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes and asparagus.
“None of it came through in her life, her attitude. When she went to Sydney’s room to tell her supper was ready, Sellers found her hanging from her loft bed, a belt looped around her neck.
She has now banned her children from using the internet, adding: “I just can't chance it again.
"Nowadays, everyone wants to play with people they don't know.
For decades, parents, guardians, and teachers have told children to “stay away from strangers” in an effort to keep them safe.
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) suggests that children do not have the same understanding of who a stranger is as an adult might; therefore, it is a difficult concept for the child to grasp.“Knowing my child the way I do, my first reaction was, ‘Sydney, that's not funny.’ Then I looked at her. Sydney’s father, an Army vet and a correction officer, started CPR.Paramedics arrived at the house within three minutes. “My husband and I, we were in complete shock,” Sellers said. Our ears were ringing, and we couldn't see real well, and we couldn't talk.We just really didn't know what was going on except that our daughter was on the floor in her bedroom dead, and it didn't make any sense.” Slowly, the family learned more about what was going on in Sydney’s life leading up to her death.The funeral home told the Sellers family to pick out a dress that would cover Sydney’s thighs, which were covered in scars from six months of self-harm.But her army of fans are glad that they can keep an eye on her progress after the animal park’s live cam went down a couple of days ago.