Bullied 15-Year-Old Girl Takes Her Life After No One Listened to Her Cries for Help (VIDEO)

felicia garciaAfter weeks of expressing her extreme depression through photos and words on Twitter and Instagram, 15-year-old Felicia Garcia jumped in front of an oncoming train Thursday, ending her life. The high school freshman evidently couldn't bear to live anymore with her tormentors and bullies -- the last straw, it would seem, was the public posting of a video of her having group sex with four football players. Felicia tweeted on Monday, "I cant, im done, I give up" and upload a photo showing her very beaten and cut-up face.


It has been a tough month for young girls. Earlier in October, Amanda Todd posted a moving video about her run-ins with bullies, then ultimately took her own life, not wanting to run anymore, or hide, from online and in-school bullies who aspired to make her life a living hell.

Now there's Felicia. An unfortunately similarly heartbreaking case of a young girl who cried out for help, whose pleas fell on deaf ears, who ended up committing suicide.

Why isn't anyone listening? How much more do these girls have to say before someone decides to intervene?

Parents need to do more, and I'm not talking specifically about Felicia's parents (her biological mother and father are deceased; she was living in foster care) nor Amanda's, whose home life seemed tenuous, at best. I'm talking about every parent.

We need to teach our kids to have compassion, to listen when someone is crying out for help, and to act without hesitation or fear. In a world where every teen has Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, we have to teach our kids to follow their instincts and speak up when they see a posting that hints at extreme depression, abuse, or suicide. We need to play an active role so that the reactive grief counseling becomes less necessary.

The more kids out there who know what to do when they see a video like Amanda's or a tweet like Felicia's, the better off we all are. Because there are still kids out there who, even after Felicia's death, don't know how to show sympathy, or empathy.

Just hours after her jump, the quarterback of the football team tweeted:


Conversely, as the train pulled into the station, Felicia's final words to a friend were: "Finally, it's here."

How do you talk to your teens about speaking up when somene's being bullied?


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