A 15-year-old woman killed herself after being suffering from rumors that an ex-boyfriend had posted intimate images of her on social media and relentless bullying from classmates about her hair — after which a photograph of her lifeless physique was leaked to a preferred messaging app.
Karina Saifer Oliveira, who lived in Brazil, appeared like a typical teenager. Her mother and father mentioned she was good and needed to review regulation. They mentioned that they had no concept that she was pondering of suicide.
“I would not want this on any mom,” Oliveira’s mom, Angela Saifer, 46, mentioned. “We do not know what was going to occur in our lives. If I might recognized…”
The final contact Saifer had together with her daughter was a WhatsApp message within the early afternoon of Nov. 7 — the identical day she killed herself — asking if it will be all proper to exit to work on one thing for varsity. That afternoon, she had lunch together with her stepfather. Her mom mentioned that apart from being a “little apprehensive” that Karina hadn’t replied to her final message, she didn’t sense that something was out of the odd.
“I requested the place she was and she or he did not reply after that. Then I bought slightly apprehensive, however I assumed she’d gone out,” Saifer mentioned.
When her mom bought dwelling from her job at a sugar manufacturing facility, she discovered her daughter’s physique on the again porch.
“Her cellphone was on her mattress,” Saifer mentioned. “I referred to as, ‘Karina!’ She did not reply. I noticed the again door was open. I left my backpack on the desk. By the point I bought to the again [where the porch is], I might encounter the scene.”
Karina was in her first yr of highschool in an space roughly 500 miles from São Paulo and was residing by a yr of torment, in accordance with her household.
When she was 14, Karina had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old man. There’d been gossip that he’d unfold intimate images of her round, like a trophy. Police are wanting into whether or not or not the images ever truly existed.
The story unfold rapidly all through town of Nova Andradina, which has solely 50,000 residents. Her college has about 900 college students.
“Two months in the past, she got here to speak to me, saying that she was feeling like a trashy individual as a result of this had occurred to her. I mentioned it did not have something to do together with her,” Karina’s father, Aparecido Oliveira, 47, mentioned. “I solely came upon what had occurred after the man was not residing in our city.”
Oliveira, who was biracial, was additionally being harassed by different college students who teased her about her look, particularly her curly hair. She used to straighten it.
“She did not like her hair as a result of folks saved criticizing her about it. That is racism,” her father, who labored as a safety guard at her college, mentioned.
It wasn’t till after she died that her mother and father realized the extent of the bullying.
“She was actually tormented at college,” her father mentioned. “After she died, we noticed messages from college students on her WhatsApp, hateful ones, from college students teasing her about her hair as a result of it was half-afro, as a result of she used a hair straightener. They’d been sending them for over a yr.”
Though racial discrimination is against the law punishable by imprisonment, racism is deeply rooted in Brazilian society. Bullying can be a big drawback within the nation. Simply final month a 14-year-old non-public college pupil who claimed to be the sufferer of bullying fatally shot two classmates.
The principal, Acácio Sampaio, mentioned that the college was conscious that Karina appeared unhappy and “had a distant look,” however didn’t know that she was being bullied.
“We did not know what was occurring. The issue with bullying is the silence,” Sampaio mentioned.
It wasn’t till after a pupil got here ahead a few weeks earlier than Karina killed herself and mentioned that she had tried taking poison that the college intervened.
“We referred to as her in and she or he opened up, talked in regards to the bullying, the issues. We referred to as her father, who was on trip. We spoke. She did not be ok with her hair. We did not determine who was doing the bullying, however we have spoken with all the scholars,” Sampaio mentioned.
Oliveira’s father mentioned that he had been planning to maneuver together with her to a different metropolis.
Her mom, nevertheless, mentioned that her daughter hadn’t proven any apparent indicators of what was occurring in her life.
“She’s all the time been very candy. These days, she’d sit on my lap, kicking her legs to the facet, and simply run her arms by my hair,” mentioned Saifer. “I requested if something was occurring. And she or he would say no. ‘I am simply providing you with a hug,’ she’d say. I did not know something was taking place.”
As is seems, Oliveira’s story didn’t finish together with her suicide. After her loss of life, one her sisters obtained a photograph of ‘s corpse in a WhatsApp group. The picture was taken on the scene of the suicide.
“The one ones who went in [the house] had been the crime scene professional and the police. I preserve asking myself who might have leaked these images. No strangers went in there,” Oliveira’s mom mentioned.
The household filed a criticism in regards to the leaked photographs with the Nova Andradina Police Division, which is investigating ‘s loss of life. Police commissioner Luiz Quirino Antunes Gago mentioned the division would decide if there was a break in procedural confidentiality, however denied that the leak was made by the police. BuzzFeed Information could not find the crime scene professional who labored on the case.
The commissioner added that within the coming days, an post-mortem report ought to affirm the style of Karina’s loss of life. Nevertheless, he mentioned, investigations into her father’s allegations of bullying have little probability of any authorized consequence.
“There even exists against the law within the penal code, about instigating suicide, however it will be a direct-cause sort of factor. Within the case of bullying, there’s a symbolic impact relating to suicide, nevertheless it would not converse on to the individual [killing herself],” the commissioner mentioned.
In current weeks, Karina’s college was nonetheless displaying “Yellow September” advisory indicators relating to Suicide Prevention Month. Faculty principal Acácio says the college has made efforts to speak to the scholars about bullying and grief following Karina’s loss of life.
Karina’s 32 classmates will take a category with a psychologist to speak about grief and bullying. The principal and faculty supervisors already had what Acácio thought-about “sorrowful conversations,” with the scholars, by which college students talked about how they may have helped their classmate.
“The scholars had been left with a way of impotence,” mentioned Acácio. “We have additionally been speaking in regards to the images of her loss of life, to not share them, as a result of it is a crime and it makes the household endure much more.”
This submit was translated from Portuguese.
Tatiana Farah é Repórter do BuzzFeed e trabalha em São Paulo. Entre em contato com ela pelo electronic mail [email protected]
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