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