A fourteen-year old freshman at The Ursuline School in New Rochelle took her own life last night amidst reports that she was distraught over being bullied at the school.
Eira Fatima Maghuyop died at her home in Yonkers.
UPDATE:(Feb 3 9:16 AM): Fox-5 is reporting that Yonkers PD has issued a statement that Maghuyop was not bullied. WSBT-11 is reporting that Yonkers PD said they have not seen any concrete evidence that bullying was a factor in the death. Calls to YPD by Talk of the Sound have
not yet been returned, they will be sending a formal statement to Talk of the Sound today.
UPDATE:(Feb 1 5:10 PM) In a meeting led by school principal Eileen Davidson, parents were told that the school was informed by the Yonkers Police Department as to what had happened, that YPD called because it was already all over Facebook, that the school was asked to provide information about her day that day and her state of mind. Parents were told that Maghuyop had a normal day and appeared happy, that there was no history of bullying or any bullying incident reported that day, that she had already laid out her clothes for the next day. Parents were told there was a note, that the note mentioned bullying but that there was a specific, dominant reason cited in Maghuyop’s note.
Asked for a statement, an unidentified employee at The Ursuline School said the school had no comment.
UPDATE (Feb 1 5:45 PM) The Ursuline School Issues Statement on Recent Tragedy
Sources with knowledge of the investigation tell Talk of the Sound that detectives from the Yonkers Police Department removed Maghuyop’s computer from the house.
Parents tell Talk of the Sound a grief counselor is at the school. Messages on Post-it notes, written by her schoolmates, now adorn Maghuyop’s school locker.
UPDATE (Feb 1 2:45 PM): Sources tell Talk of the Sound that Maghuyop left a note, that it was specific and that it appeared to point towards bullying.
UPDATE (Feb 1 3:00 PM): The Ursuline School is holding a special meeting for parents at the school at 3:30 PM today so parents can hear directly from school officials as to what occurred, what is being done to comfort the family of the victim, as well as students and staff, and get answers to questions parents may have.
There has been an outpouring of grief on the Internet.
Currently, my whole school, The Ursuline School, is in complete mourning. Every single girl is in shock, and every single girl has been crying for HOURS. Literally THOUSANDS of girls and guys are effected by her decision to kill herself. We will ALL miss her so much. Forever a koala, forever in our hearts!
I was angry at the girls who did this to her, but most of all, I was angry with myself because I spent all day being selfish and feeling sorry for myself when an innocent girl was thinking about committing suicide and no one even knew.
Bullying is a serious issue. It needs to stop. NO ONE is perfect. Our society needs to stop being so judgmental and try to understand what others are going through.
In her, Tumblr Site Eira Maghuyop describes herself as 100% Filipino and a Justin Bieber fan. Her Facebook site lists her interests as Lady Gaga, Beyonce, and Degrassi: The Next Generation among others.
Friends of Eira Maghuyop have created a Facebook page: R.I.P. Eira Maghuyop Like if your against bullying