A talented student at a top New York high school committed suicide after allegedly cheating on her German-language exam.
Omotayo Adeoye, 17, was caught peeking at her cellphone during a test at Harlem’s High School for Math, Science and Engineering on Thursday afternoon.
The teen, reportedly remorseful and despondent, asked to be excused to go bathroom after being yelled at by her teacher, but she never came back and was never seen again.
Witnesses on the scene in the South Bronx told police they saw the depressed student hand her belongings to a stranger and jump into the Hudson River. She has not yet been found.
According to the New York Daily News, Adeoye’s teacher Eva Malikova saw her cheating and snatched her phone away.
One of Adeoye’s classmates told reporters that Malikova began screaming at Adeoye, ‘Oh, you shouldn’t be cheating! You guys shouldn’t be cheating! You guys are lying to yourselves!’
Adeoye was surprised at being caught and even more shocked at the the teacher’s fury and burst into tears. When the teacher apologized to the student for the venom in her voice, Malikova reportedly snapped back: ‘Oh, you are not really sorry. That’s not a sincere apology!’
Law enforcement sources confirmed that the harsh exchange did take place.
The New York Post reported that, before asking to go to the bathroom and disappearing forever, the scholastically-gifted senior scrawled a heart wrenching note on her exam: “I just want to go away forever on the bottom of the river.”
The humiliated teen then walked to the Hudson River’s edge at West 165th Street, put her ID down on the river bank and jumped into the water, where she drowned. Police are still trying to locate her body.