Two teens suspended for ‘bullying’ 15-year-old who jumped to her death in front of train after ‘video of her group sex with four football players was posted online’
- Felicia Garcia, 15, leaped to her death around 3.15pm on Wednesday at the Huguenot Staten Island Railway station in Staten Island, New York
- Friends of the teen have said that she was humiliated after a video of her involved in group sex with four high school footballers was posted online
- Distraught friends said the orphan, who lived in foster care, had long been tormented by school bullies, particularly football players
- She had written of her depression on social media and uploaded a disturbing image of herself on Monday seemingly with her mouth cut or sewn shut
Suicide: Staten Island teenager Felicia Garcia, pictured, threw herself under a train as her horrified classmates watched on
Two students have been temporarily removed from a high school in Staten Island, New York, for tormenting a 15-year-old girl before she committed suicide by jumping in front a train.
A source with knowledge of the matter said that the pair ‘abused and made fun of’ Felecia Garcia after rumors started spreading around Tottenville High School that the sophomore had sex with four members of the football team.
‘The dismissed students were not on the school’s team. These kids used poor judgment, and they did something they’re going to have to live with for the rest of their lives,’ the source told The Advance.
As of Friday, no members of the football team were found to have played a role in taunting the 15-year-old girl, said the source.
‘If it comes out these [players] were bullying this girl and there’s presented proof, they’ll be removed from the school,’ the source said.
The Staten Island had been branded a ‘slut’ and humiliated by classmates after a video of her having sex with four football players was posted online for everyone to see.
According to sources at Tottenville High, entered into group sex with the four players last Friday after attending a wild party following her school’s win over a local rival.
The tragic freshman ended her life on Wednesday after the video was shared among classmates and the NYPD has now interviewed the four players who have insisted to police that the sex was consensual.
‘It was just the bullying that got to her,” said Garcia’s aunt, Margarita Pabon. ‘This is a shocking loss to the family. It’s already done. We can’t change it.’
Pabon said on Friday she was trying to find ‘beautiful clothes’ for the 15-year-od girl for her upcoming funeral.
A friend of the teenager said that she was devastated after two 17-year-old classmates began to torment her about the sexual encounter.
Worrying: The teen, pictured on Monday, had signalled that she was depressed on Twitter and Instagram
‘Kids are saying she had sex with some guys from the football team at a party after the game.’ said a friend of Garcia’s .
‘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,” a classmate, Victoria, said yesterday .
The four football players are believed to be aged between 15 and 16 years old.
‘They said at no time was the victim pressured into doing anything,’ said a police source.
One friend, Mariah Alimossy, who had lived with foster child Garcia for a few months said, ‘I asked her what was wrong after the weekend because she seemed distracted.’
‘She became self-conscious from all of the teasing. She was asking if she looked fat or ugly.’
After two school administrators became aware of the abuse that Garcia was suffering they arranged a meeting on Wednesday between the teenage girl and the two 17-year-old boys.
According to sources at the school one of the boys denied teasing her and the other refused to attend the counseling session – and according to the NYPD the boy who didn’t come to the meeting later continued to ridicule Garcia.
Senior Alissa Compitello, 17, recalled: ‘She 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.’
Following the revelations that members of the football team had contributed to Garcia’s fragile state of mind, police were patrolling the school because of threats against the players.
‘I hope the football team feels guilty for what they did to her,’ said Stephanie Imparato, 15.
Hostile environment: Garcia was reportedly tormented by several classmates after rumors started spreading around Tottenville High School that the sophomore had group sex with four football players
Tragic: Felicia, 15, pictured left and right, leaped to her death at around 3.15pm on Wednesday at the Huguenot Staten Island Railway station platform
Felicia Garcia, 15, sobbing, put down her school bag and purposefully fell backwards to her death at around 3.15pm on at the Huguenot Staten Island Railway station platform, which was packed with fellow Tottenville High School students.
The teen, who friends claimed had long been tormented by school bullies, in particular football players, tweeted on Monday: ‘I cant. i’m done. I give up.’
The same day she posted photographs of herself on Instagram where she appears beaten and bruised, with her lips seemingly cut or sewn together. She added the hashtag ‘beatup.’
A friend, Alissa Compitello, tweeted yesterday that the relentless bullying Felicia was dealt at school had driven the student to take her own life.
‘SHE WAS BULLIED… SHE WOULDN’T HAVE DONE IT IF SHE WASN’T BULLIED,’ the teen wrote.
Earlier, Compitello tweeted: ‘All this girl wanted was to be left alone… and nobody could do that for her. #prayforfelicia.’
Another pal, Domenica Modica, said her father carried Felicia to the ambulance stretcher and tried to revive her before she was rushed to Staten Island University Hospital.
She was pronounced dead just before 5pm.
Bullied: Friends said Felicia, pictured, was relentlessly picked on at school and this drove her to take her own life
Felicia had hinted of her depression on social media, with posts becoming increasingly intense in recent days.
On her Instagram account, she had a picture of herself grinning with the word ‘Depressed’ covering her eyes. The caption read: ‘Just because someone is smiling doesn’t make them happy.’
On October 17, Felicia 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 recently: ‘Take me as I am or leave me as I was.’
Tragic Felicia moved from foster home to foster home after her parents died, leaving her and younger brother orphans. She also spent time living at friends’ houses and at her ex-boyfriend’s place.
‘(She) had a terrible life on top of all the heartache — bullies at school taunted her and spread rumors,’ Gabriella Leone, whose younger sister witnessed the incident.
But Compitello, who, like hundreds of Tottenville students, wore black for mourning on Thursday and purple to symbolise the colour of the school and anti-bullying, said she never expected Felicia to do something so drastic.
‘She was never upset, that’s the thing. None of us saw this coming,’ she told the SI Advance.
‘She was saying “I have mediation with so many people,” and I said, ‘Are you okay?’ She said, “I am fine. Don’t worry about me.” She was smiling. That’s how she was.’
Harrowing: On Monday, Felicia tweeted ‘I cant, im done, I give up’
Depressed: On her Instagram account, she had a picture of her eyes crossed over by the word ‘Depressed’ with the caption, ‘just because someone is smiling doesn’t make them happy’
Her friend, Dawn DiBenedetto, 17, added that Felicia never did drugs, and even shook her head ‘no’ when the topic arose.
‘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’ has been set up for the girl and by Thursday afternoon had more than 7,500 likes.
Friends and well-wishers were also tweeting about the shocking death using the hashtag ‘RIPFeliciaGarcia.’
Luisa De Luca tweeted: ‘Rest in the sweetest peace Felicia Garcia, you will always be in our hearts forever. You didn’t deserve this..’
@KaylaJadex0 posted the last picture she took with her friend, adding ‘REST IN PEACE FELICIA GARCIA I’M SO BROKEN THAT YOU THOUGHT YOU HAD TO GO..
Station: Felicia, sobbing, jumped in front of the train at the Huguenot Staten Island Railway station platform, pictured
Footballers: Friends said football players were behind the incessant bullying
The NYC Department of Education said in a statement that Chancellor Dennis Walcott has reached out to the student’s guardian and sent a crisis team to the school.
An emotional principal John Tuminaro called his students to break the news of Felicia’s horrific death, which many were already circulating on their cell phones.
Felicia’s friends are holding a candlelight vigil today at the station where she was killed, and are making bracelets to raise money for a memorial in the bullied teen’s honour and to give to Felicia’s younger brother.
Nearly two years ago exactly, 18-year-old Kyle Jensen jumped to his death at the same train station. He had also attended Tottenville, although only briefly.