Bullies Strike Again
Posted by mars6995
In the past few years, stories about bullying and its tragic effects have saturated news sources and alerted us all to a growing and terrifying trend. Our youth face a number of challenges as they struggle to grow and to establish their personal identities. But none of these challenges compare to the pressures applied by their own peers. And bullies represent the worst of the worst, as the following tale further illustrates.
Living without parents is hard enough and can obviously cause emotional issues of its own. But Garcia also faced bullying at school, mostly from football players, and had for some time.
Last Friday, Tottenville High finally beat an arch rival and the party started. Garcia attended a wild celebration and for some reason, entered into group sex with at least four of the victorious players. It is not known if this was forced upon her, but several of the players involved later claimed it was consensual.
As is usually the case, a video of the sex act was posted online and before long, everyone at Tottenville High knew about it. And the bullying that Garcia normally experienced kicked into high gear. Two students were particularly cruel and branded Garcia a slut, teasing her at every turn and making her life even more of a living hell.
School administrators heard about the bullying and arranged a meeting between Garcia and her two tormentors. One of the boys denied everything while the other didn’t even bother to show. Of course, he immediately started bullying Garcia again when they returned to school.
Later that same day, school dismissed and kids started heading for the Huguenot Staten Island Railway to catch the train home. Among them was Garcia, who joined them all on the station platform.
At 3:15 p.m., Garcia stood sobbing, placed her book bag on the ground beside her and fell backwards to her death in front of her classmates. She was rushed to Staten Island University Hospital, but it was too late. Felicia Garcia was pronounced dead shortly before 5 p.m.
Today, the two 17-year-old boys who allegedly bullied Garcia were suspended from school, but no football players have yet been found to have played a role in taunting the young victim.
And I bet they won’t, either. True justice is nearly impossible to find in cases like this. Not that it matters since another young life has already been lost. The tragedies just never seem to end…