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Joel Mateo, the PCTI student, pronounced dead


Joel Mateo, the teenager, who jumped from a tall, 7-story building, on 11th Avenue has been pronounced dead at the hospital.

Those who went to Passaic County Technical Institute with Mr Mateo, 16-year-old, have been posting grief-ridden messages on social media websites. One friend of the teen, Lynn Santiago wrote on his Twitter, “This hurts more than anything else I’ve ever experienced in my life.” Clearly, the friends are in a stage of grief.

Joshua Lopez, another friend of Mr Mateo wrote, “Every moment we’ve ever spent together is flowing through my mind. Now that you’re gone, we’ll never have another.”

Mr Mateo has been described as a shy teen, who in class, mostly kept to himself, which is likely one of the reason many have been asserting that the youth was bullied in school. Whether he was bullied or not has yet to be confirmed by police; however, in social media, many have been voicing rage against bullying, including one woman, who wrote, “This bullying has to STOP!”

From the teenager’s Twitter account it seems he was fond of Pokemon, skateboarding, and ostensibly, singing Disney songs. His last tweet, on May 6th, was about one of these subjects, he wrote: “I think Pokemon is very stressful,” maybe a reflection of his own state rather than that of the Japanese television show.

In another tweet, he wrote, “I failed because I didn’t try hard enough,” possibly referring to a high school exam of some sort, for he was a junior at the aforementioned school.

Passaic County Technical Institute, the school attended by deceased, will provide counseling to those who need it.

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  • Alysarah

    My name is Alysarah DeJesus and I was one of his closest frineds. I was in his PCTI shop class for the last the years & I along with the rest of our shop probably spent the most time with him.He was the funniest, most humble, and outgoing kid there could be. I would love to inform you that his death WAS NOT DUE TO BULLYING according to his family and the police department. So I would highly appreciate it if the rumors about my close friend would come to an END. Thank you.
    P.S. don't overstress his tweet about Pokemon; we were joking about it the day before he tweeted that.

    • lelman

      nigga what

    • Rose Guzman

      Thank you for being honest. Everyone always assume its cause of that. Sorry to hear about your friend. May he RIP

    • Azimi

      Any Idea what might have made him suicide?

      • Alysarah DeJesus

        honestly, no one knows. He never showed signs of anything being wrong.. Always had a smile from ear to ear

  • North

    He never got his Thunderbadge, otherwise he could've used FLY outside of battle.

    If you think that's in poor taste, you've never met a pokemon fan, Joshua would've laughed.

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  • anon

    "I think Pokemon is very stressful"


  • Jeff

    article might be the worst journalism I have ever experienced outside
    of Fox News… They need to fire this reporter for "Reporting" hearsay
    and conjecture… Not a single thing about any police reports or facts
    of the case, just speculation based on reading posts on Twitter.
    Shameful and disgusting.