Police are investigating a teenager girl’s suicide that allegedly stemmed from bullying from other students specifically members of the undefeated Tottenville High School football team. Felicia Garcia, 15, was being verbally abused at the Staten Island Railway station nearest the school when she jumped in front of an oncoming train. Witnesses are pointing fingers at the football team. From the New York Post:
“I hope the football team feels guilty for what they did to her,” said Stephanie Imparato, 15, who said she was friends with Felicia.
Several students said Garcia, a normally outgoing teen, was teased over a relationship she had earlier in the year with one of the football players.
“They were torturing her,” Imparato said. “How can you go through life being verbally assaulted like that? These guys are cruel and malicious.”
A senior who knew her, 17-year-old Victoria, who asked her last name not be used, said the bullying happened in hallways and online.
“This poor girl was called a sl–. She was teased on Facebook. People knock books out of kids hands,” she said.
They said some of the players were on the platform with her yesterday afternoon and taunting her with sexually explicit jeers when she suddenly jumped.
Horrible. The football team is currently 7-0 and possibly headed towards a Public Schools Athletic League title. The team has a game scheduled tomorrow night.
[New York Post]