Felicia Garcia, a 15-yr-old Staten Island high school girl, jumped to her death in front of a train after a video of her having sex with four footballers was posted online. Two students have been dismissed from Tottenville High School after the incident.
According to the Daily Mail, Garcia jumped to her death around 3.15 p.m. Wednesday at the Huguenot Staten Island Railway station. Several of her friends and classmates were present when she jumped suddenly to her death.
Her friends say she had been repeatedly targeted for humiliation after a video showing her having group sex with four high school footballers was posted online. According to her friends, the orphan, who grew up in foster care, had long been subjected to bullying.The bullying intensified after the sex video was posted online.
The New York Post reports that one of her classmates, said: “She got bullied in the school, especially by the football players, because she looked different and had piercings."
According to the Daily Mail, her tormentors called her a "slut," humiliated and ridiculed her in the presence of other students, making reference to the video that was circulated in the school.
One of Garcia's friends, Victoria, told the New York Daily News: "Kids are saying she had sex with some guys from the football team at a party after the game. Later on they wouldn't leave her alone about it. They just kept bullying her and bullying her. This poor girl was called a slut. She was teased on Facebook."
According to the Daily Mail, Garcia's last comments on social media revealed the depressed state of her mind.
Witnesses say that Garcia, while sobbing, jumped suddenly to death at about 3:15 p.m. at the Hugueneot Staten Island Railway station platform in the presence of several fellow Tottenville High School students.
The New York Daily News reports that Sara Brager, 16, said Garcia's final words before she fell backward onto the tracks were: "Finally, it's here." Brager said, "It was the most horrible thing I've ever seen."
According to the Daily Mail, she tweeted on Monday: "I cant. i'm done. I give up."
Later, she posted a photograph of herself on Instagram in which her lips appeared bruised or sewn together, with the hashtag "beatup." Another picture posted to Instagram showed her grinning, but the word "Depressed" was written over her face with a caption: "Just because someone is smiling doesn't make them happy."
On October 17, she tweeted: "I hate when peopl (sic) are in my buisness (sic), you dont even know whats going on, mind ya neck #Shot -_-"
She also wrote: "Take me as I am or leave me as I was."
Garcia's friend Alissa Compitello, 17, tweeted after her death that Garcia took her life because of the intense torment she suffered. She wrote on Facebook: "SHE WAS BULLIED... SHE WOULDN'T HAVE DONE IT IF SHE WASN'T BULLIED." Compitello also tweeted: "All this girl wanted was to be left alone... and nobody could do that for her. #prayforfelicia."
Domenica Modica, who witnessed Garcia's death said her father tried to revive Garcia before she was rushed to Staten Island University Hospital where she died just before 5 p.m.
The Daily Mail reports that the two students who were accused of bullying her have been dismissed from the school.
According to information from sources at Tottenville High, Garcia engaged in group sex with four footballers last Friday after a wild party following her school's win over a local rival.
She committed suicide on Wednesday after the video was widely shared at the school.
The Huffington Post reports detectives have interviewed the two 17-year-old boys who allegedly led in the bullying. Police say no charges have been brought against them.
The boys she reportedly had sex with told police that the sex was consensual and that at no time was she forced to do anything. The footballers were reportedly aged between 15 and 16.
Investigators say there is no evidence that any member of the school football team was directly involved in the teasing that led to her suicide. According to a source: "If it comes out these [players] were bullying this girl and there's presented proof, they'll [also] be removed from the school."
According to the Daily Mail, when the school authorities learned about the bullying, they arranged a counselling session and meeting between Garcia and the boys. School authorities say one of the boys did not attend the meeting. The one who did denied bullying her. She later ran into the boy who did not attend the meeting, and the two reportedly had an exchange. Garcia committed suicide soon after the encounter.
Compitello said: "She (Garcia) said, ‘I have mediation with so many people.’ I told her to keep her head up, and she said, ‘I’ll be fine.’ Those are the last words I heard from her."
Members of the football team have received threats after Garcia died and it appears everyone is blaming them for her death.
One Tottenville High School girl Stephanie Imparato, reportedly said: "I hope the football team feels guilty for what they did to her."
The New York Daily News reports that the Board of Education sent an intervention team to the school after several students held a vigil at the train station during which someone reportedly yelled, “F*** the football team!”
Some members of the football team have tried to defend the team. Joshua Rainey, a member of the team, reportedly tweeted:
“EVERBODY (sic) WHO IS BLAMING THE FOOTBALL PLAYERS S-- & MIND YOUR BUISNESS !!”
According to the Daily Mail, Garcia was raised in several foster homes after her parents died, leaving her and her younger brother orphans. She once ran away with and lived with an older man. The New York Post reports that Gabriella Leone, whose sister witnessed the incident, said: "(She) had a terrible life on top of all the heartache — bullies at school taunted her and spread rumors."
Students at the Tottentville High School wore black on Thursday to symbolize mourning. Many of her friends said they never expected she would commit suicide. Compitello said: "She was never upset, that's the thing. None of us saw this coming."
Dawn DiBenedetto, 17, said Garcia was never on drugs. She said: "I'm still in shock; we're all in shock; because she's not the person you'd see this coming from. She was a good kid."
A Facebook tribute page "RIPFeliciaGarciaStopBullying" was set up for her. The page already has over 12,000 likes.
According to the Daily Mail, this is not the first time that a student of Tottenville High has committed suicide at the Huguenot Staten Island Railway station. About two years ago, 18-year-old Kyle Jensen, who had attended the school briefly, also jumped to his death at the station.