Amanda Cummings family photo
A 15-year-old who a witness says jumped in front of a Staten Island bus was carrying a suicide note when she was struck, distraught because she was the target of bullying at her school, according to a relative.
Amanda Diane Cummings, a sophomore at Staten Island's New Dorp High School, was hit by a city bus on Dec. 27 and died Monday from her injuries. A police spokesman told The Staten Island Advance that Amanda had a suicide note with her when a witness saw her jump in front of the bus at about 7:30 p.m., but authorities did not disclose the contents of the note.
Keith Cummings, Amanda's uncle, said his niece had been taunted by bullies, who stole her phone and other belongings.
“She had to be picked up from school because she was worried about being beat up,” Cummings told 1010 WINS radio. The day before the accident, she got an email from her boyfriend saying that he was dumping her, he added, CBSNewYork.com reported. Cummings said he thought it pushed Amanda over the edge.
Cecil Weber, Amanda's mother, told The Staten Island Advance on Tuesday that police were investigating cirucumstances surrounding Amanda's death, and she called it "an accident."
"She was fun-loving and was always kind to everyone around her," Weber said.
Keith Cummings told The Advance he will seek criminal redress against Amanda's tormenters, some of whom he said even posted cruel comments on her Facebook page while she lay injured in the hospital.
“I’m not going to tolerate this. I’m gonna go full force,” he told The Advance. “Kids can’t do this to each other.”
New Dorp High School has about 2,600 students, according to New York City's government website.
The city medical examiner will determine the cause of Amanda's death.
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