Best friends Haylee Fentress and Paige Moravetz of rural Lynd, Minn., had an apparent suicide pact and were found dead April 16 at Haylee's house. The girls, both 14, were being treated for depression, and Haylee was on medication, but their mothers said there were no indications they were going to take their lives.
"I've played it over probably a million times, and there is nothing she even slightly did different that I wouldn't have caught," Paige's mother, Tricia Behnke, said on NBC's "Today" show. "There was nothing."
"I think we were doing everything in our powers as mothers to help the girls, but I question it every day, 10 times a day," said Haylee's mother, Tracy Fentress.
The girls had talked about being bullied, and both mothers said it came through Facebook and texting.
"Kids are so mean and cruel to each other," Fentress said. "The things that they say to each other, it's horrible."
Haylee had complained to relatives that students had made fun of her weight and red hair, NBC reported. And she had posted on Facebook that kids were mean to her.
"I told her she needs to be the bigger person and turn the other cheek, and not let those people get to her," Fentress said on NBC. "I tried helping her through it as much as I possibly could."
Behnke said she gave her daughter "the best advice I could" about difficulties at school. "I tried to teach her to see past tomorrow," she said.
Both girls left suicide notes. Haylee's said in part, "Thank you for giving me an amazing life. I'm sorry for doing this to you and I love you," according to her mother.
Talking about the "amazing life" her daughter described, Fentress added, "You try and give
your kids everything within your means that you possibly can, and maybe it's never enough."
Fentress said she hopes other kids will learn something from the girls' deaths.
"I hope the school will implement some kind of program to teach kids about this kind of stuff," she said. "The harassment between girls at this age is horrible."
And Paige's mother had this advice for parents: "Never, never let a day go by where you don't tell your children that you love them and give them a hug."