By Don Tagala, ABS-CBN North America Bureau
May 28, 2013
New York – Students at Jean Nuzzi Intermediate School 109 in Queens who have allegedly sent cruel messages to seventh-grader Gabrielle Molina, are now under police investigation, following the death of the 12-year old Filipina.
Authorities have confirmed that Molina, who was found hanging in her bedroom last week in Queens Village, did in fact commit suicide and that she left a note detailing how she was bullied in school.
The Molinas told investigators that the 12-year old Fil-Am was called a ‘slut’ and a ‘whore’ in school and was also teased that she looked like she had Down Syndrome.
Investigators took two computers from Gabrielle’s home and are looking into whether she was also a victim of relentless bullying online.
Gabrielle was laid to rest on Tueday at the St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale, New York, after a private memorial service attended by family and close friend at the Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church in Queens Village.
Kababayans in the Filipino community in New York are still shocked.
“I feel very hurt because I know there’s a lot of suicides in America,” said Stephanie Cuaycong.
Filipino priest Fr. Joemarie Parcon said that while suicide is against church teachings, it’s an unfortunate event that shouldn’t be
blamed entirely on the individual.
“Sometimes you don’t know what is right and what is wrong,” he said.
A Facebook page has been created and dedicated in memory of Gabrielle Molina — to help spread the word about bullying.
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