( 4UMF NEWS ) 12-Year-Old Hangs Herself:
The devastated parents of Gabrielle Molina said the 12-year-old girl had been tormented by schoolyard bullies for months — and the abuse may be the reason she hanged herself in her Queens home.
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 fistfight 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.”
Gabby’s fellow students at Jean Nuzzi Intermediate School 109 in Queens sent the messages currently under investigation, Kelly said.
The girl’s distraught mother said Gabby, a seventh-grader, usually drove to school with a friend’s uncle, but didn’t come downstairs as usual Wednesday morning.
“Her sister went to school. The door was locked, but that’s not unusual for her privacy,” said Glenda Molina.
Gabby’s grandparents knocked on her bedroom door periodically throughout the day but assumed she was sleeping when she didn’t respond.
When Georgia got home from school, she forced the door open with her grandmother behind her, and found her younger sister hanging there.
“I wasn’t there. I was at work when I got the call. My sister-in-law said, ‘Come quick! Gabby is …’” said the grief-stricken mother, who couldn’t finish the sentence.
Molina, a nurse’s aide, rushed home but it was too late to save her youngest child. She and her husband, George Molina, also have a 21-year-old son, a family member told the Daily News.
The parents knew Gabby had been having some trouble with bullies at school, including the fistfight earlier this spring. But the full extent of what she endured came to light only after her suicide.
“They called her a slut and a whore. All this she wrote in her journal. I just found out. I didn’t touch her journal before (the suicide). That’s personal,” the mother said.
“Her sister knew. She said, ‘Mom, she asked me to keep it secret,’” Molina said.
The mom said she learned about the bullying in conjunction with the fistfight.
“I asked how she was. She’s very honest, she told me, ‘I got into a fight.’ I asked her: Did you tell the teacher? She said, ‘Yes,’” the mother said.