Omotayo Adeoye attended the elite Harlem High School for Math, Science, and Engineering at City College until Thursday, when, after being caught cheating on an exam and being called out by her teacher, said teacher told her she didn't believe that her quick apology was "sincere." Just a few minutes later, the high school junior was dead, a suicide by drowning.
Omotayo Adeoye was just 17.
The Raw Story reported June 1 that Omotayo Adeoye was so ashamed of being caught cheating by using her cell phone, she left a suicide note on her exam. She wrote: “I just want to go away forever on the bottom of the river.”
She then asked to go to the restroom, a request that was granted. But instead of going to the restroom, she made her way outside and over to the Hudson River. Her father would later tell authorities she didn't know how to swim.
According to an eyewitnes, that many not have mattered.
Placing her school ID on a rock, she ignored the panicked cries of nearby fishermen and jumped into the Hudson.
She appeared to be forcing herself down, witnesses said, according to the New York Post. Her head appeared for just a few seconds above the surface before she became completely submerged.
"I said, 'Come here, come here, don’t go to the water,'" a 71-year-old fisherman told the New York Times. "She was just crying, crying all the time."
The student's body has yet to be found. Search teams have scoured the Hudson River for days. A Department of Education investigation into the incident at the high school is pending.