Queens Girl, 12, Kills Self; Cites Cyberbullying | NBC New York

Queens Girl, 12, Kills Self; Cites Cyberbullying



    (Published Thursday, May 23, 2013)

    Police say a 12-year-old girl who was found hanged left a suicide note that spoke of being bullied online.

    The girl was found dead in her home Wednesday afternoon by her family.

    Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Thursday that investigators have taken two computers from the home to determine whether online messages may have led to her death. Police were also interviewing her friends and relatives.

    A neighbor who did not want to give her name said, "She was lifeless, but they were working on her at the time, so we felt hope."

    "This is horrible, horrible," she said. 

    The girl attended Jean Nuzzi Intermediate School 109 in Queens Village.

    Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott has spoken with the family and offered condolences. Education officials did not comment on reports of cyber bullying because of the ongoing investigation, but students were sent home with letters about the tragedy. 

    Crisis counselors were also called in.

    "A few have asked questions like, 'Do we know who was bullying her and why?'" said crisis counselor Thomas Meyers.

    Parents at the school said bullying there is not new.

    "It escalates with the kids bullying, and nothing's being done," said one mother who wished to remain anonymous.  

    Kelly says the investigation is just beginning. He didn't want to speculate about whether criminal charges could result.

    --Checkey Beckford contributed to this report. 

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