Absolutely tragic! A disabled Arizona teenager killed herself after being tormented by bullies, and now her mother is speaking out.
Maya Corral, an 18-year-old paraplegic, committed suicide in her closet, according to her mother, Diana Corral. The mother said that she rushed home and found her daughter’s lifeless body in the closet after a sudden gut feeling that something was wrong.
As an infant, Maya Corral was in a car accident that left her paraplegic. Her family claimed the car seat Maya Corral was in was defective, and she received a $2.7 million settlement when she turned 18. The high school senior reportedly used $500,000 to purchase a home.
Diana Corral said the hefty payout attracted people to her daughter who pretended to be her friend so they could use her for money.
It was reported that numerous girls were sending hateful messages on social media to Maya, calling her a “vegetable.” One girl even posted, “We should roll her off a mountain and kill her and then kick her while she’s dead. And then we would throw a party.”
KVOA reported that one of Maya Corral’s friends said she could have ignored the bullies but she kept replying to them. Hours before her suicide, the teen reportedly sent distressing texts to at least two of her friends but nobody responded.
However, KVOA reports that none of the harassing messages were from girls at Ombudsman Charter School, which is where Maya attended school.
“It makes me angry and it hurts me that she probably sat in the closest waiting to see who would come rescue her and nobody did,” Diana Corral said, adding that she plans to find her daughter’s bullies.
What’s sad about this is that in today’s society, most bullies don’t even get disciplined. Even if they are caught, they are often let go with a slap on the wrist. It’s an issue that needs to be addressed more seriously.