NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A Staten Island teenager jumped in front of an oncoming train Wednesday afternoon as classmates looked on from the platform in horror, 1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reported.
The incident occurred around 3:15 p.m. at the Huguenot Staten Island Railway station.
“Right now we have a grieving school community and that’s our priority,” Tottenville High School Principal John Tuminaro said. “Students witnessed this, we had a number of staff members at the train station who witnessed this, so this is a school tragedy.”
1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg
Students said 15-year-old Felicia Garcia was the victim of relentless bullying, but apparently kept the torment inside, Sandberg reported.
“All this girl wanted was to be left alone. And nobody could do that for her,” friend Alissa Compitello wrote on Twitter. “She was bullied. She wouldn’t have done it if she wasn’t bullied.”
“You were such a strong girl. It’s not fair that you were bullied and pushed that far,” Compitello wrote in another post.
“She really did want people to know she was unhappy,” one student told Sandberg. “I guess no one really knew and she wanted people to know, she wanted help.”
“She was very popular but everyone gets bullied eventually, children are cruel and we can pick on the most obvious thing and just make it the worst part of your life,” another student said.
“She was getting bullied to a point where she didn’t know what to do and I guess that’s what she did,” another student said.
Days before her suicide, the sophomore wrote in her last message on Twitter, “I can’t, I’m done, I give up.”
Nearly 6,500 people have joined a Facebook page called “RIP Felicia Garcia- Stop Bullying” to offer prayers, condolences and call for an end to bullying.
Students were planning to wear black and purple to school on Thursday to mourn Garcia and take a stand against bullying.
“This was an unspeakable tragedy but we will pull together as a school community,” Tuminaro said, adding that steps are being taken to identify the alleged bullies.
Grief counselors will be at the school to help students cope with the tragedy.