- Last Updated: 7:56 PM, October 25, 2012
- Posted: 12:43 PM, October 25, 2012
A Tottenville High School student jumped in front of a train after she was bullied for having sex with four football players at the same time during a party after a game this weekend, sources said.
Felicia Garcia, 15, jumped to her death at the Huguenot station moments after a group of classmates, described by witnesses as members of the football team, heaped abuse at her.
“I hope the football team feels guilty for what they did to her,” said Stephanie Imparato, 15, who said she was friends with Felicia.
Department of Education spokeswoman, said the incident is now a being investigated by police.
The NYPD had no immediate comment.
Several students said Garcia, a normally outgoing teen, was teased over a relationship she had earlier in the year with one of the football players.
“They were torturing her,” Imparato said. “How can you go through life being verbally assaulted like that? These guys are cruel and malicious.”
A senior who knew her, 17-year-old Victoria, who asked her last name not be used, said the bullying happened in hallways and online.
“This poor girl was called a sl--. She was teased on Facebook. People knock books out of kids hands,” she said.
They said some of the players were on the platform with her yesterday afternoon and taunting her with sexually explicit jeers when she suddenly jumped.
Some students were tyring to organize a memorial at 5:30 pm today at the station.
“I can’t. I’m done. I give up,” the 15-year-old had tweeted Monday. Her sudden death came as a shock, but friends almost all blamed bullying.
Friends wrote on Facebook that she complained to school officials about the harassment, but the bullying continued.
“She got bullied in the school, especially by the football players, because she looked different and had piercings,” said senior Amanda Liquori.
Another friend, who asked that her name be withheld, was at her side when she jumped and had no idea what she planning. That friend also said football players targeted Garcia.
“She wouldn’t have done it if she wasn’t bullied,” another pal, Alissa Compitello, wrote on Twitter. “All this girl wanted was to be left alone. And nobody could do that for her.”
Gabriella Leone, whose younger sister witnessed the incident, said Felicia, who lived in foster homes, “had a terrible life on top of all the heartache — bullies at school taunted her and spread rumors. I hope all bullies get punished!”
Felicia, who lived in foster care, had written online of her depression.
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.”
Other people wrote online that both of her parents had passed away, but that couldn’t be confirmed.
Two years ago, another Tottenville HS student killed himself at the same station
Additional reporting by CJ. Sullivan and Jeane MacIntosh