*It seems like every time we turn around, we discover a young person who felt they had no other options available to them, decides to take their own life.
Omotayo Adeoye, a 17-year-old student in the New York neighborhood of the Bronx couldn’t handle the embarrassment she felt after she was caught cheating on a test. Feeling ashamed after her teacher, who caught her looking at a cellphone during the test, called her apology insincere in front of her classmates, she scribbled a desperate note on the test, asked to use the restroom, and jumped to her death in the Hudson River, sources told The Post.
Adeoye was a bright student at a City College affiliate HS for Math, Science and Engineering in Harlem, where, on the day of her suicide, she had been taking a German test.
A classmate said that teacher Eva Malikova “was walking around the room and saw [Adeoye] on her phone. She snatched it away from her and started screaming at her, ‘Oh, you shouldn’t be cheating! You guys shouldn’t be cheating! You guys are lying to yourselves!’ ”
Adeoye is said to have burst into tears, sobbing, “I’m sorry! I’m sorry!”
To which the teacher allegedly snapped back, “Oh, you are not really sorry. That’s not a sincere apology!”
Law-enforcement sources confirmed the classroom exchange.
Adeoye’s suicide note was written around 2:15 directly on her German-language exam. It read, “I just want to go away forever on the bottom of the river,” law-enforcement sources said.
The student then asked to be excused to the restroom and instead of returning to class, walked from the West 140th Street school to the Hudson River’s edge at West 165th Street; where a group of shocked fishermen watched helplessly as she placed her ID on a rock, then jumped into the water.
Ignoring their pleas to go ashore, witnesses say she appeared to be forcing herself down, as her head bobbed above the water before being completely submerged.
The student’s father said she did not know how to swim.
Divers were still searching Friday night for the biology whiz in the waters off Washington Heights, where she jumped in Thursday afternoon.
A Department of Education spokeswoman said, “We are conducting an investigation into this tragic incident, and we are taking immediate action.”
She said the DOE would do more to address mental-health issues with students.
Meanwhile the teacher could not be reached for comment, but several students said they heard her screaming in anguish at the school this morning.
She did not teach any classes.
If it is confirmed that Adeoye killed herself, it would bring the total number of public-school student suicides to 14 so far this year, the DOE said.
There were 14 suicides in the 2012-13 school year.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and her school community,” said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. “This must be a call to action.”
Read more of this story at the NY Post.