Bullied New York teen jumps in front of train
Two weeks after Amanda Todd's suicide, Felicia Garcia, 15, kills herself after being 'tortured' by football players
A 15-year-old New York student who had reportedly been bullied by peers died Wednesday after throwing herself in front of a train in Staten Island.
In a tragic echo of the recent suicide of Port Coquitlam teen Amanda Todd, Felicia Garcia used social media to document her feelings about being tormented at school and online, reportedly for having sex with football players at Tottenville High School.
Her last post on Twitter read: "I can't, I'm done, I give up."
On her Instagram account, she had a picture of her eyes crossed over by the word “Depressed” with the caption, “Just because someone is smiling doesn’t make them happy.”
According to the New York Post, Garcia was being verbally abused by a group of classmates, described by witnesses as members of the football team, moments before she jumped in front of the train at the Huguenot station.
A report by the Staten Island Advance said she kept asking fellow students around her when the train was due to arrive. As it pulled in to the station, she said, "Finally it's here," before jumping.
The incident is now a being investigated by police.
The Post reports that Felicia was bullied for having sex with four football players at the same time during a party after a game this past weekend, and had been continuously teased over a relationship she'd had with one of those players earlier in the year.
Several friends of Felicia, who lived in foster care, told the Post that she was a normally outgoing teen. They blamed her suicide on bullying.
“I hope the football team feels guilty for what they did to her. ... They were torturing her,” said Stephanie Imparato, 15. “How can you go through life being verbally assaulted like that? These guys are cruel and malicious.”
“This poor girl was called a slut," said a 17-year-old called Victoria. "She was teased on Facebook. People knock books out of kids hands,”
The Post added that friends wrote on Facebook about how Felicia complained to school officials about the harassment, but the bullying continued.
“She wouldn’t have done it if she wasn’t bullied,” Alissa Compitello wrote on Twitter. “All this girl wanted was to be left alone. And nobody could do that for her.”
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