Report by Paula Antolini, February 11, 2019, 8:34AM EDT
Danbury Police have confirmed that on Saturday, February 9, 2019, a 16-year old Danbury girl committed suicide by jumping to her death from the fifth floor of a Danbury Fair Mall parking garage.
Police are still investigating and have not released the name of the deceased.
Apparently the Danbury High School student posted a video on Snapchat right before she jumped. Screenshots of that recording and also insensitive comments made by another female student were shared on social media, causing an extreme reaction of anger online as the news spread. Danbury High School Principal Dan Donovan was notified of the situation, who handled it from there via school protocol.
A message was released approximately 7:30 p.m. yesterday by Danbury Superintendent of Schools, Sal Pascarella, mentioning that there would be counselors and support staff on hand:
“Dear Danbury Families,
“It is with great sorrow that I share information on the untimely passing of a Danbury High School student on Saturday, Feb 9, 2019. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are extended to family and friends at this most difficult time.
“Danbury High School will have counselors and support staff on hand for any student in need. In addition if at any point you feel your child may be having difficulties, please contact their school principal, counselor or social worker for support.
“We are aware that an individual posted inappropriate information regarding the deceased online, and Mr. Donovan, DHS principal, is working with authorities to have it removed. We strongly recommend that if your child has viewed the posting(s) to have a discussion with them.
“This is a difficult time for everyone involved. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
According to the News Times, a friend of the student, Maria Garcia, is organizing a candlelight vigil at 5 p.m. Saturday at the mall, and asks that attendees wear blue and white, the deceased student’s favorite colors.