Teen Caught Cheating On a Test, Leaves Class And Jumps to Her Death
Reported by Kacie Whaley
A teenager from the Bronx is believed to have committed suicide after allegedly being caught cheating on a test.
Seventeen-year-old Omotayo Adeoye (pictured) attended the prestigious high school Harlem High School for Math, Science and Engineering. On Thursday, while taking a German exam, Adeoye’s teacher caught her peeking at her phone. The teacher took the phone from Adeoye and began to scold her.
A classmate recalled that the language teacher then began yelling “Oh, you shouldn’t be cheating! You guys shouldn’t be cheating! You guys are lying to yourselves!”
Adeoye then began to cry and repeatedly apologized, but the instructor responded, “Oh, you are not really sorry. That’s not a sincere apology!”
At around 2:45PM, Adeoye wrote a note on her test that read “I just want to go away forever on the bottom of the river,” the New York Post reported. She then asked to use the restroom and never returned.
Adeoye walked from her school to the Hudson River. According to ABC7, fishermen fishing along the shoreline spotted Adeoye place her belongings down and jump in the river. The men called for the teen to come back to shore, but to no avail. The men watched as her body sank underwater.
The police received a call about Adeoye at about 4:20PM. Divers searched for the teenager’s body, but have so far come up with nothing.
Adeoye, who was described as “brilliant” by those who knew her, is believed to have killed herself due to the pressure she felt to excel in school.
“We are conducting an investigation into this tragic accident, and we are taking immediate action,” said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. “Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and her school community. This must be a call to action.”
Our condolences go out to Omotayo’s family and friends.