gabrielle molina

George Molina will never have a chance to see his daughter flourish into a beautiful woman.  Gabrielle Molina was only 12 years old, when her sister found her hanging in the bedroom they shared in Queens Village, New York City.

According to the New York Daily News:

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly confirmed Thursday that Gabby left a suicide note that talked about being bullied.

Cops are investigating whether Gabrielle was a victim of online harassment as well as face-to-face abuse.

Pals of hers said Gabby got into a fist fight with another girl that was videotaped and posted on YouTube. They also said she had a history of cutting herself and had recently broken up with a boyfriend.

“There was information in the suicide note concerning cyber bullying,” Kelly said. “Detectives have taken two computers from the home and they will shortly be analyzed. It’s a terrible tragedy.”

“She was bullied,” said IS 109 classmate Samantha Martin, 12. “She said that she wanted to move schools because she felt uncomfortable. People wanted to jump her.”

The seventh-grader, an aspiring lawyer, also was heckled after classmates saw a YouTube video that showed her getting beaten up by a former friend, said family pal Ronnie Ocampo.

“It was kind of brutal,” he said. “Based on the video, you can see that Gabby was fighting for herself in spite of the other girl being taller.”

George Molina fumed that Gabrielle’s school, IS 109, did not respond quickly enough when the family complained to administrators about the online footage.

But Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said yesterday that a preliminary investigation did not reveal any serious bullying problems at the Queens middle school.

However, the school was given only a “C” for its safety environment in the city’s 2012 progress reports.

“I don’t think I knew the word suicide when I was 12 years old or 11 years old,” Walcott said.

A staggering 70 percent of IS 109 students said they didn’t feel safe there.

  • Tracey

    Plenty of kids committed suicide back in the day but these kids have the same pressures plus live in the internet age so instead of whispers down the hall they have concrete evidence of just how shitty their classmates are.
    Just because you didn’t know anyone doesn’t mean that it did not occur. Check some stats and you’ll see that there were crazy spikes in certain decades starting with the 70′s but that teens still did this in the 50′s.

  • talaktochoba

    this is very, very true…and back then there were more than a few deaths attributable to challenges to prove your manhood when a mere boy, challenges on their face suicidal because they mimicked the semi-suicidal behaviour we were taught back then what made you become a man; snow sledding down hills across freeways and the like;

    the difference is the global village created by the internet has thankfully removed the various veils of secrecy (families not wanting it known there was a suicide, friends bullied into not coming forwadr, the stigma of associating with a “mental case”, etc.) these crimes used to be shrouded in..sadly, in this case, too late, but hopefully in time to prevent others;

  • Courtney H.

    @ Kay and Chacha1:

    I agree with you points, as well as with the points of others. I was bullied when I was in school, and kids basically got a slap on the wrist (“a talking to” from the principal). During my senior year, I was in a situation when I was bullied, and when I reported it to an assistant principal, the three girls lied through their teeth. It was my word against theirs, so nothing was done. I was also bullied in college. That really through me for a loop, because I believed that in college, people would be a lot more mature. I had a hard time dealing with it. I was so disillusioned I didn’t know how to react.

    Unfortunately, many schools — today as well as years ago — don’t take bullying seriously. All these administrators care about are test scores and the schools receiving federal funding. At one middle school were I taught a few years ago, I wanted to show a documentary about the tragic results of bullying, and how it can be dealt with. My principal refused to show even after I had asked her numerous time if she had even watched it. She didn’t really care about bullying, even though it was rampant at this school. I don’t know how many suicides and school shootings are going to have to happen before people wake up and realize what an extremely serious problem this is, but it has to happen and soon … or we’ll see more tragedies.

    P.S.: I really enjoyed the video, especially the title at the end that stated that if you ignore injustice, you are siding with the oppressor. This can be applied to other injustices in society as well.

  • Courtney H.

    Oops! Sorry about all the typos!