Queens, NY – Last week, 12-year-old Gabrielle Molina was found hanging in her room, dead from an apparent suicide. Now police have confirmed what others had been saying since the news broke – she killed herself because she was being bullied.
Molina’s body was discovered by her 15-year-old sister in their bedroom at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. As is usually the case when young people kill themselves, accusations of bullying were immediate. Friends and family say that Molina was the target of bullying both online and in person.
Her father George told the New York Post that his daughter was called a slut, whore and told she looked like she suffered from Down syndrome. There was even a video posted on Youtube called “Gabby’s Fight” that showed Molina in a fight with a former friend. Molina’s father said that these events, plus a recent breakup, pushed her over the edge.
“I was trying to comfort her because she was getting weak,” said her father. “I wanted to make her happy.” Her older sister said that while her parents knew of the bullying, even going to the school to complain about it, they did not know the full extent. She says Molina made her promise not to tell anyone.
Her fellow students have come forward to confirm Molina was being bullied at school and expressed desires to change schools. They said Molina she had started to self-harm herself and was even being picked on for that as well. Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott says that an investigation showed no signs bullying at IS 109, where Molina was a seventh-grader, but that school got a “C” grade in 2012 for its safety environment.
Police interviewed other students at her school and have removed two computers from Molina’s home to see if she was a victim of online harassment. No charges have been filed at this time.
Molina also made an apology in her suicide note, telling her family she was sorry for taking her own life.