Yonkers Police said late Thursday afternoon that their investigation into the death of a 14-year-old Ursuline School student Tuesday night in a home on Newkirk Road “has not revealed any evidence to support that bullying was a factor in this incident.”
Police said their investigation remains open and asked anyone with relevant information to call the department’s Detective Division at (914) 377-7724.
Some media reports had suggested bullying triggered or contributed to the girl’s apparent suicide; an anti-bullying page on Facebook set up in her memory had collected more than 13,000 supporters as of Thursday afternoon.
Also, prior to the Yonkers police department’s statement, State Sen. Jeff Klein, citing the media reports, issued a press release noting his interest in anti-bullying efforts. Klein said he planned to deactivate his own Facebook page for 24 hours, starting Thursday at 6 p.m., to “stand in solidarity” with the girl’s friends and others who seek to combat bullying.
The Ursuline School, in a statement Wednesday, said it was “deeply saddened” by the death and had made extra counselors available to students and staff.
The Journal News generally does not identify the victims of suicides that occur in private locations or report in detail on such incidents.