A SCHOOLGIRL killed herself after she was allegedly sexually assaulted by two classmates, her parents claim.
Mya Vizcarrondo-Rios, 16, jumped to her death from the roof of a 34-storey apartment in the Bronx, New York in February 2018.
The tragic teen took her own life just hours after two boys allegedly forced her to perform a sex act on them, according to a lawsuit filed by her parents.
They claim authorities knew their daughter was being "relentlessly bullied" at school but didn't do enough to stop it.
Mya's dad, Heriberto Rios, told the New York Daily News that his daughter was forced to perform oral sex on two boys at Harry S Truman High School hours before she died.
She was then teased about the reported assault by other classmates, it's claimed.
Her parents said other classmates made fun of her body, pulled her hair, and physically assaulted her.
When Mya told a guidance counsellor and the school principal, Keri Alfano, that she was being bullied, she was sent back to class and her parents were never notified, the lawsuit alleges.
The New York Post acquired a copy of the legal documents which state: "The employees of Harry S. Truman had actual notice of the intimidation but failed to intervene".
The employees of Harry S. Truman had actual notice of the intimidation but failed to intervene
Mya started missing classes towards the end of 2017 as a result of the chronic bullying, her parents say.
Heriberto told the Daily News that his daughter previously had perfect attendance and was an honour student.
He said he was shocked when he was told she had been missing classes.
He added: "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.
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"The school never told me about the cutting [classes]."
On the same day as the alleged assault, Mya left school early and headed towards her mum's home where she jumped off the roof.
Her parents' lawyer John Scola 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.”
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