“It is our words, it is our actions that cause people pain, and when we see it, we need to do something to try to stop that.” – Brent Freeze, Payton’s father
That is the message that Payton’s parents are trying to get out to the public. Brent Freeze, Payton’s father, recently spoke to NBC 4 in Washington, D.C. about Payton’s life and the struggles she had been facing. Payton had just told her father the day before she took her own life that she was being bullied at school. The Freeze family believes that this, combined with the fact that Payton was found to have been suffering from CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, contributed to her death.
According to the Brain Injury Research Institute, the symptoms of CTE can be debilitating and cause “loss of memory, difficulty controlling impulsive or erratic behavior, impaired judgment, behavioral disturbances including aggression and depression, difficult with balance, and a gradual onset of dementia.”
CTE is typically caused by multiple concussions, but Payton only suffered from one, in 2014. Payton’s Project aims to bring awareness to both bullying and concussion prevention. As we move forward, we will feature testimonials, safety recommendations, and more. To keep completely up-to-date, please join us on Facebook, where we’re creating a community to freeze bullying for Payton.