A teenager from Bronx who was bullied for months committed suicide last year after being forced by two boys to give oral sex and was then bullied by classmates, according to a lawsuit against the city by the girl's parents.
Mya Vizcarrondo-Rios, a 16-year-old student in 9th grade, jumped off the roof of her 34-storey apartment complex in The Bronx on 28 February.
She was still wearing her backpack when her body was found on the sidewalk shortly after fourteen.
Her parents, Heriberto Rios and Nelly Vizcarrondo, claim that their daughter committed suicide after being exposed to chronic harassment, including body scandal attacks and physical violence, since she enrolled in Harry S. Truman High School in September 2017.
Mya Vizcarrondo-Rios, a 16-year-old student in 9th grade, jumped off the roof of her 34-storey apartment complex in The Bronx on 28 February. She was still wearing her backpack when her body was found on the sidewalk shortly after fourteen
Their lawsuit, which was filed against the city, the education department, school administrators and one of the alleged bullyers, alleges that Mya's complaints to bullying counselors were not handled properly.
The parents are angry that school administrators have never informed them of the complaints and absences of their daughter from the class, according to New York Daily News.
After Mya had filed a complaint with a school guidance coach and with the director, Keri Alfano, she was sent back to class and told that the matter would be investigated, the parents claim.
But nothing happened according to the process.
& # 39; The employees of Harry S. Truman actually had knowledge of the harassment but failed to intervene & # 39 ;, said the lawsuit, a copy of which was obtained by the New York Post.
The only student named in the process is referred to in legal documents as & # 39; Vivianna D. & # 39;
The parents claim that the months of chronic bullying took their toll when Mya started missing classes by the end of 2017.
Mya committed suicide the same day she was forced to give oral sex to two boys and then teased about the incident, claiming her parents in a lawsuit
Her parents, Heriberto Rios and Nelly Vizcarrondo, claim that their daughter committed suicide after being exposed to chronic harassment, including body shake attacks and physical violence since she enrolled in the Harry S. Truman High School (above) in September 2017.
Rios told the Daily News that he was shocked by the absence of his daughter since then that she was almost perfectly present.
& # 39; I asked what was going on, & # 39; said Rios.
& # 39; She said she had problems, but she didn't tell me she was being bullied.
& # 39; She didn't tell me this. I found out after she passed.
& # 39; The school never told me about cutting (classes). & # 39;
The parents were so worried that they met a study advisor in January 2018 – weeks before their daughter's suicide, the trial says.
But the staff member and Alfano have not done enough to follow up the case, the process claims.
On the day she died, the parents claim that Mya was sexually abused by being forced to give oral sex to a student.
Word about the alleged attack spread and Mya was teased about the incident, according to the trial.
Mya, unable to tackle the trauma of the alleged bullying, left the school early.
At about 2:02 pm she jumped to her death.
Keri Alfano, the head of the Truman High School, can be seen above. School managers are blamed for not informing parents that their daughter is being bullied
The day before she died, a friend of Mya went to a study advisor to express her concern about her well-being, the trial states.
The counselor then talked to Mya that day, but never bothered to inform her parents about the conversation, according to the process.
& # 39; The study advisor intentionally saw and ignored the signs that M.A. V-R had severe emotional pain and depression as a result of the bullying behavior she received at school & # 39 ;, the couple says.
The day after Mya's suicide, the girl named in the trial, Vivianna, was transferred from Truman.
The relevant supervisor has been dismissed.
& # 39; The tragic circumstances surrounding my client's death could have been prevented & # 39 ;, said John Scola, the lawyer representing the parents, in a statement.
& # 39; We hope this case will result in the New York Department of Education reassessing their policies and properly training their employees about bullying so that no student feels so hopeless that they think suicide is The answer is.
& # 39; We hope this case will prevent helpless students from leading their own lives in the future. & # 39;
The Ministry of Education has released a statement stating: & # 39; This was a tragic loss and students deserve safe and supportive school environments.
& # 39; We recognize the deep impact that bullying can have, and schools are required to immediately investigate and address any allegation. & # 39;
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