Photo: After Bullying, Girl Tweets "I Give Up," Then Jumps in Front of Train
A 15-year-old New York girl is dead after feeling hopeless following bullying at school.
Felicia Garcia jumped in front of a train after rumors were spread around school that she had had sex with four football players at a party after a recent game. She had also found out the sexual encounter had been recorded.
As the train arrived at the Staten Island train station on Huguenot Ave. on Wednesday afternoon, a 16-year-old classmate from Tottenville High School told the New York Daily News she heard Garcia say, “Finally, it’s here.” Moments later, Garcia handed her phone to a friend and jumped in front of the train, ending her life. At the time, roughly 200 students were on the platform.
Though the recent bullying was believed to be the final straw, Garcia’s life had not be easy before the harassment began. Her parents died when she was young, and after running away from her aunt’s house, she entered the foster care system, moving from house to house and often running away.
On Wednesday, a mediation was held at the school with Garcia and one of the 17-year-old boys she reportedly had sex with. The boy denied any bullying and she left the mediation, Garcia ran into the other 17-year-old boy and words were exchanged but no one is divulging what was said.
At a vigil Thursday night, classmates gathered at the train station. According to the Daily News, during the vigil, someone yelled, “F*ck the football team!”
Some of the players have taken to social media in defense of the team however, one sophomore quarterback telling people to “mind your business.”
Police are questioning the students accused of bullying Garcia and are questioning the four football players with whom she reportedly had sex. They are said to be 15- and 16-year-old boys.
A crisis team has been sent to Tottenville High School by the New York Department of Education.
On Monday, Garcia posted a now-haunting message on Twitter: