A Bronx teen who was relentlessly bullied for months, jumped to her death after 2 boys allegedly forced her to give them oral sex in school, the parents are now suing.
Mya Vizcarrondo-Rios, a 16-year-old 9th grade honor student, jumped off of her 34-story apartment-building rooftop.
She was found soon after at 2pm, with her backpack still on.
The parents are now suing the Education Department, school administrators, and one of the alleged bullies. Their claim states that Mya’s cry for help and complaints were not properly handled.
According to the lawsuit, Mya was subjected to months long of relentless bullying, and was forced by 2 boys 2 give oral sex, and was then teased about it by classmates. Mya left school early on the day the rape took place, and with her book bag still on, she leaped off the building on February 28th, 2018.
According to a copy of the lawsuit obtained by the New York Post:
The employees of Harry S. Truman had actual notice of the intimidation but failed to intervene,
Mya had complained and reported many times that she was being bullied in the school.
Mya complained to a school counselor and to the principal, Keri Alfano, and was sent back to class and told that her bullying would be investigated.
But nothing happened.
One of her main bullies was named in court as “Vivianna D.”
According to Mya’s parents, Heriberto Rios and Nelly Vizcarrondo, the chronic bullying took its toll on her and she started missing classes towards the end of 2017. They say the bullying included body shaming and physical abuse.
Rios told the Daily News:
I asked what was going on, she said she was having trouble, but she didn’t tell me she was being bullied. She didn’t tell me about this. I found out after she passed. The school never told me about the cutting (classes).
The parents, being extremely concerned, met with a guidance counselor in January 2018 – weeks before their daughter’s suicide, the lawsuit says.
The parents say the guidance counselor didn’t do enough to follow-up on Mya.
The lawsuit states:
The guidance counselor saw and willfully ignored the signs that M.A. V-R was suffering severe emotional pain and depression as a result of the bullying she was receiving at school.
The day before Mya died, one of Mya’s friends went to the guidance counselor to express her concern for Mya’s well-being and the way Mya has been feeling. The guidance counselor then went to speak to Mya that day, but didn’t inform the parents of everything that had been going on.
The lawsuit alleges that the next day, Mya was taken by two boys to an unsupervised auditorium and they forced her to perform oral sex on them. Unable to handle the trauma, Mya left school early, and leaped to her death at 2:02P.M.
The guidance counselor was fired.
The girl mentioned in the lawsuit as one of the bullies, Vivianna D, was transferred out of the school the same day of Mya’s death.
There is no news about who the boys are, or if action was taken against them.
John Scola, the attorney representing the parents, said in a statement
The tragic circumstances surrounding my client’s death could have been prevented. We hope that this case will cause the New York City Department of Education to reevaluate their policies and properly train their employees on issues related to bullying so that no student feels so hopeless they feel suicide is the answer. We hope that this case will prevent helpless students from taking their own lives in the future.
The Department of Education released a statement saying:
This was a tragic loss, and students deserve safe and supportive school environments. We recognize the deep impact bullying can have, and schools are required to immediately investigate and address any allegation.