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Parents Of Daughter Who Killed Self Sue School For Failing To Stop Bullying

May 29, 2019 - 8:39 am
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) —The parents of a ninth grader from the Bronx are suing the city and administrators at the girl’s school for not doing enough to stop the bullying that led her to take her own life.

In the lawsuit, Mya Vizcarrondo-Rios’ heartbroken parents say their daughter was a happy girl, an honor role student, who left for Harry Truman High School on the day she took her own life last February by jumping off the roof of her mother's apartment building in the Bronx..

Excited about a performance the students were putting on that afternoon, Vizcarrondo-Rios' mom and dad would later learn their 16-year-old daughter was sexually assaulted by two boys in the unattended auditorium.

This followed five months of torment by a female student who was transferred to another school the day after Vizcarrondo-Rios' died, WCBS 880's Marla Diamond reported.

A spokesman for the city's Department of Education called Vizcorrando-Rios' death a tragic loss.

Her parents say a guidance counselor at the school and the principal Keri Alfano, knew about the bullying and Vizcarrono-Rios' repeated absences but never told them and sent Mya back to her classroom.

The guidance counselor was fired, while the principal remains at the school.