NYPD: Amanda Cummings’ suicide not a result of bullying

Amanda Cummings

The uncle of a Staten Island teen who killed herself still maintains she was mercilessly bullied before her death, despite an NYPD investigation that found no evidence she was harassed.

Fifteen-year-old Amanda Cummings died after she threw herself in front of a city bus in December.

Police sources told the New York Post yesterday that, after speaking with the girl’s close friends and family members, they found no evidence that she was tormented in the days leading up to her death.
But Amanda’s uncle, Keith Cummings, told Metro he doesn’t believe it and doubts the police even looked at his niece’s cell phone.

After Amanda’s death, her phone held vicious text messages from other girls at her school, as well as from her former 19-year-old boyfriend, Keith said.

Cummings said classmates tormented his niece, a sophomore at New Dorp High School, after she started dating the older teen.

“There were kids outside her school that said she was bullied every day,” Cummings said. “I don’t think they would make up that stuff.”

Cummings said Amanda’s mother, Cecile Weber, also believes her daughter was bullied before her death.

Keith said Amanda was hospitalized for psychiatric treatment after she made suicidal comments in 2009.

A childhood friend of Amanda’s, 15-year-old Tyler Musante, said she never mentioned being bullied to him.

“I wouldn’t have expected that from her,” Musante said. “She was always the one to cheer us up.”



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Protesters say new Met Opera is anti-Semitic

Protesters, including a former mayor and governor, gathered outside of the Metropolitan Opera on Monday afternoon to protest the opening of “The Death of Klinghoffer.”

Local

Brooklyn girl's death ruled a homicide

The New York City Medical Examiner has ruled the death of a Brooklyn toddler a homicide. Jeida Torres, 3, was found bruised and unresponsive Saturday…

Local

New York City continues to prepare for Ebola…

New York City continues to prepare for the possibility of Ebola. There have been numerous scares, but no confirmed cases. Representatives from about 150 unions…

Local

NYPD nabs alleged serial bank robber

  The NYPD has arrested a man they say is responsible for multiple Manhattan bank robberies this month. Police have arrested a Brooklyn man they…

Entertainment

We the Economy: Morgan Spurlock's new crusade

If Morgan Spurlock gets his way, you won't be able to avoid We the Economy, the series of 20 shorts films curated by the "Super…

Arts

3 Parody plays lampoon your childhood, adulthood and…

Whether you loved the source material or you're going in blind, these parody plays have something for every audience member. We rate three of NYC's hottest satirical shows.

Gossip

Who has more power: Harry Styles or Amal…

Amal Clooney comes in fourth on The Evening Standard's Most Influential Londoners list.

Music

#AskPaul McCartney reveals his love of American pop…

For an Englishman, Paul McCartney's pop culture tastes would fit right in stateside. The former Beatle (@PaulMcCartney) revealed that he has a real thing for…

NFL

John Idzik: 'We did a ton of background'…

Given John Idzik spent the previous five years with the Seahawks before he joined the Jets last January, there is a comfort level for the organization.

NFL

Jets add sizzle to struggling passing game with…

The Jets’ trade for Percy Harvin may have an air of desperation on the surface, but at 1-6 this season is hanging only by a thread.

NFL

Jason Pierre-Paul: 'We've got to regroup' during bye…

“We’ve got to regroup and figure out what went wrong,” said defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul. “When we come back, we want to be a great team.”

NFL

Breno Giacomini: Media blowing up Golden Tate-Percy Harvin…

According to Breno Giacomini, the fight between Golden Tate and Percy Harvin during Super Bowl week was over by the time the lineman turned around.

Education

Is a 'gap year' after high school for…

It’s a familiar script that millions of students follow each year: Graduate high school and then immediately start college. But more and more students are…

Parenting

New news about Kate Middleton's pregnancy

The Palace released a statement about Kate Middleton's pregnancy.

Parenting

Cool book for kids: 'The Princess In Black'

"The Princess In Black" will change the way girls view princesses.

Wellbeing

Gabby Bernstein: The 3 questions I always get

For the last decade, I’ve been writing self-help books and preaching the Gospel of Gabby to audiences throughout the world. And no matter what country…