Social Media Charts Life, Bullying and Death of Girl Who Committed Suicide

Amanda Cummings, 15, a Staten Island high school sophomore who committed suicide, clearly indicated on Facebook weeks beforehand that she was contemplating taking her life, possibly because of bullying at her school .

Intimidating postings on Cummings's social media page from others may have also been part of the cause for her suicide, and now that she has passed away, the same page on which she posted her contemplations of suicide is the same place where dozens of friends, family members and well wishers are leaving messages of loving support.

As is the case with most American fifteen year olds, Amanda Cummings, who used the nickname Sugga online, was very active in social media. At least two of her early December Facebook posts explicitly foreshadow the fatal act she would eventually carry out two days after Christmas.

On December 1st, she posted, in part, "I'll go kill myself, with these pills, this knife, this life has already done half the job."

Two days later, she posted, "Mad people are turning against me :'( im spending this sat nitealone in my room crying"

Her friends, however, told PIX11 News that despite the postings, the outcome did not have to be the way it was. "With her there was bullying," Jakima Baldwin said. "But not to the extent that it ended as it happened. There was a lot of people in school who really loved her a lot."

However, the love of friends like Jakima at New Dorp High School, where Amanda was a sophomore, was apparently not enough to stop her from walking into Hylan Boulevard traffic.

Amanda Cummings threw herself in front of a bus around 7:30 P.M on December 27th near the intersection of Hylan and Hunter Avenue. An ambulance just happened to be idling at the intersection at the time of the collision.

The medic in the ambulance responded immediately, and provided police with eyewitness information about what had happened. Over the days while Amanda was on life support, her friends and family made dozens of postings onto her Facebook page, virtually all expressing support for the girl nicknamed Sugga.

However, when Amanda Cunningham died this week, at least two posts had ridiculed the sometimes shy, long-haired girl. The posters quickly removed their messages, but that did not stop Amanda's aunt from making this post, which remains on the girl's Facebook page: "...when you decide to bully the next girl, remember Amamda."

Amanda Cunningham was remembered at her Alma mater, New Dorp High School on Tuesday with an official moment of silence.

The Department of Education told PIX11 News that grief counseling was available at the school for students affected by Amanda's death. Few students that PIX11 encountered at the school were aware of the counseling services, but one high school junior, Steven Derleth, who said he knew Amanda, said, " There's help, but it's not really stopping anything. [Bullying] still goes on."

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