Photo: Gabrielle Molina, 12, hanged herself following bullying at school
This week, a set of New York parents received the news no parent wants to here—their daughter was dead. Tragically, it appears the young girl took her own life after being bullied for months.
Gabrielle Molina of New York’s Queens Village neighborhood was found by hear sister Georgia on Wednesday after returning from school.
At the start of that day, Gabrielle, 12, who usually gets a ride to school with a friend’s uncle, did not come out of her room. Her grandparents reportedly knocked on the pre-teen’s locked door throughout the day, but assumed she was sleeping.
When Georgia, 15, came home from school she forced her sister’s door open, with her grandparents just behind her.
The family was horrified to discover the hanging, lifeless body of the 7th grader.
In her suicide note, Gabrielle mentioned being bullied. Her friends spoke with police and said she had been bullied at school, was recently in a fistfight, and had a history of self-injury.
The 12-year-old attended Jean Nuzzi Intermediate School 109 in Queens and police say fellow students bullied Gabrielle online.
The girl’s mother, Glenda Molina, said after her daughter’s death, she read her journal and learned people had been calling her a slut and a whore. After Wednesday’s tragic discovery, Georgia told her mother she knew about the name-calling, but was asked by Gabrielle to not say anything to their parents.
Gabrielle had recently broken up with her boyfriend and her friends said she was constantly bullied about the scars on her arms from cutting. Still, some have said she tried to keep a pleasant and happy attitude, with many classmates admitting they knew nothing of her internal and external struggles.
Police are still investigating the bullying and have taken two computers from the Molina home.
The school has a history of harassment dating back to at least 2010, with a 2012 progress report revealing 80 percent of students saying they were bullied, and just 70 percent saying they felt safe in school bathrooms and hallways. The year prior, 84 percent of students reported being threatened or bullied by other students at the school.