Bullied Staten Island Teen Throws Herself in Front of Train As Friends Watched

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Felicia Garcia
"I can't. I'm done. I give up."

That's what a bullied Staten Island teen posted on Twitter on Monday. Yesterday, 15-year-old Felicia Garcia jumped in front of a train as classmates watched. She was taken to a Staten Island University Hospital, where she died.

About 3:15 p.m. yesterday, Garcia and dozens of her classmates at Totternville High School were waiting at the Huguenot Staten Island Railway station platform when Garcia reportedly broke away from the group and threw herself in front of an oncoming train.

"She got bullied in the school, especially by the football players, because she looked different and had piercings," senior Amanda Liquori tells the New York Post.

"She wouldn't have done it if she wasn't bullied," another friend, Alissa Compitello, wrote on Twitter. "All this girl wanted was to be left alone. And nobody could do that for her."

Garcia was a foster child.

Another friend, Gabriella Leone, whose younger sister was there when Garcia jumped in front of the train, tells the Post that the girl "had a terrible life on top of all the heartache -- bullies at school taunted her and spread rumors. I hope all bullies get punished!"

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kimmer3
kimmer3

Another precious life lost. I don't know this young lady and I wasn't bullied in school. All I can remember from high school was to fit in and remain popular because seeing others not so popular didn't seem like fun. I'm an adult now and of course those things mean nothing. My point is this, 37 years ago high school was different, kids were different. There wasn't the internet, no facebook and MTV was in it's infancy; teenagers had less influence by the media. The world was different! I have 7 nieces and 2 nephews and the things that they tell me about their lives in school and the things they are exposed to shock me and how they see that as normal is appalling. As parents we have to listen and watch our children. Make sure they know the difference between right and wrong. That includes your behavior as a parent too. Pointing the finger at others doesn't help solve these terrible incidences. We are talking about CHILDREN here. We can still influence their minds to be sensitive and understanding. EVERYONE loses here not just the victim and their families. Make this a learning moment not a battle of blame. Peace.

emdelmini
emdelmini

Suicide is sad but Bullies shouldn't be punished because a person commits suicide who needed the help of a mental facility and/or depression medication. If a neighbor intimidates you eachday for spending too much of your money on fastfood and then later you go bankrupt, is

the neighbor responsible for your poor money management skills?

openmindsrgreat
openmindsrgreat

@VoiceStreet that's at least the 3rd person to utilize that specific subway station. Was in SI the other day & saw "shrines" to 2 others sad

SamPappySpiderman
SamPappySpiderman

All I can say is don't allow piercings on your body. The girl was in pain and that had to add.

duckfallasfans
duckfallasfans

@chris_worthy @NFLPurpleOct @villagevoice This is terrible! I can't imagine what the parents are going through.

DumboJumbo
DumboJumbo

I was bullied in school - after a few fights and threatening to kill them, they left me the hell alone. Yeah it sucks, but never made me think "oh I'm so worthless I just want to go kill myself." As an adult I can look back and see just how vicious kids are to one-another - adults don't do this shit (except Jersey/Atlanta/New York/OC housewives). The bullies should definitely be punished, and "victims" and bystanders alike should speak up. But suicide is a choice.

escort24
escort24

Bullying has caused many teenages to commit suicide.   THose that do this are well aware of what they are doing.  They are really cowards   However,    if most of the other teenages stick  together when they see this  happening and report it to the school or police it will stop!   The time to get together is not after  the death fo the person.  Doesnt make you wonder why these lowlifes   get their jollies off   "bullying someone"   these are usually the same kind of people who abuse animals.   "Nature of the Beast"    This beautifull young girl from what I read  was from a foster home and had a terrible life she sure as hell didnt need the bullying .  She has finally found peace.

These bullies will have no peace  the rest of their lives.

bellarifatta
bellarifatta

 @emdelmini Harassment, intimidation, and stalking are actually illegal, and the type of bullying we're dealing with here falls within those definitions. People who engage in these activities can be punished by law and are legally responsible for those behaviors.  

 

Putting that aside,  the moral high ground is the path where we protect and guide those who are weaker than us, not endeavoring to exploit their weaknesses in a cruel, sadistic way.  

 

Your analogy is weak, a poor effort at creating a moral equivalancy, and maybe a last ditch effort for a straw man, so I'm not going to respond to it.

 

When the weather clears, do something nice for someone, volunteer, spend time at a shelter or a soup kitchen over the holidays and less time trolling the internet in support of bullies. You will feel better for it and your perspective will change.

 

Good luck to you.

 

kimmer3
kimmer3

 @emdelmini bad analogy AND we're talking about children here. Geeez!!

bellarifatta
bellarifatta

 @DumboJumbo It's not a rational choice. It is a painful, last ditch effort to literally kill the pain that is overwhelming the mind and body.  Most people don't *want* to end their lives, but feel out of solutions.  It is excruciating, as you quickly learn if you talk to a survivor.  

I was bullied as well and could have easily ended up like this girl as I too did not have the appropriate support in school or at home to deal with the situation. Had the behavior escalated, or had I lived in a city with a train, things could have been the same for me.

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