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Schoolboy, 15, Hangs Himself After 'Being Plagued By Online Bullies'

Society & Culture  (tags: online bulling, suicide, teen boy, sadness )

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A 15-year-old schoolboy hanged himself amid allegations he was being plagued by online bullies. Police are investigating the death of Tom Mullaney after his body was found in the early hours of yesterday morning. Hundreds of messages have been posted

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Mack David (100)
Friday May 21, 2010, 3:41 pm
Sad..................the cruelty of children needs to be managed!

Pat B (356)
Friday May 21, 2010, 4:08 pm
OMG!!!...This is just so very sad. The loss of a young man over being bullied!!! My sympathies and heartfelt condolences to his family, and his community. Bullying is an 'evil' that needs to be reported to parents and school faculty, so this can be dealt with ASAP. (when the reader reads the text or msg). TY, Terry for this.

Jaclin S (230)
Friday May 21, 2010, 4:32 pm
Bullying is shocking and the majority of it begins at home - what children see - hear and become an everyday part of. Yes - it is sad very sad to lose a young man who is only just beginning is journey - and to the bullies - what can one say - it is so sick and unnecessary - it does not make you a big person it belittles you in all eyes and bottom line if someone dies from your bullying tactics it makes you a "murderer"!!! TY LW Love & Light

Andrea Tackett (187)
Friday May 21, 2010, 8:25 pm
Amazingly terrible. There are so many cases of this coming out this year.
Noted, sadly.
God bless~

Catherine Turley (192)
Saturday May 22, 2010, 12:40 am
i don't get it. can't you just block people on facebook? i know kids need privacy, but maybe not online.

Rajee Seetharam (138)
Saturday May 22, 2010, 4:25 am
What a horrible way to die! Why didn't he talk about it to his mother or a friend?!?!

Past Member (0)
Saturday May 22, 2010, 6:44 am
Bullying has increased so much since technology has advanced, it's upsetting for this type of bullying to persist.

John Van Hise (8)
Saturday May 22, 2010, 8:11 am
this is a HUGE problem that has snuck up on us parents unawares. get thyself on facebook
posthaste! become a friend of your children, and you could save them a lot of problems.
here is a word to the wise: comment on the nice things you see; upload a few pictures.
but do not use FB to criticise your kids ever. this is their personal life, like a diary. and
it will backfire on you: other kids will poke fun at your children anonymously, or you
could just end up being cut off. thankfully, my girls,14 and 16 have not suffered any
online bullying, but i have read some viscious comments from others directed at kids
i don't know. if you parents monitor this medium a little, bullying will be cut down.
what if your own child was the bully? would you like to know about it?

Hannah H (98)
Saturday May 22, 2010, 8:24 am
Terrible!! Noted.

Terry B (649)
Saturday May 22, 2010, 8:29 am
The parents were negligent is even allowing a minor to reveal himself on such a troubkesome site as Facebook.

Strangely, even adults who yap about privacy rights will voluntarity give up these rights and place themselves in harm's way by exposing themselves with such "social networking" nonsense as Facebook and Twitter.

Care2 is about as far as I want to go, and even then ny McAfee and Norton firewalls advise me that they have detected and thrown out several "Trojan horses" that invade my computer from time to time, which NEVER happened before I jouned Care2.

Timothy S (3)
Saturday May 22, 2010, 9:44 am
Sadly Noted. There must be a stop put to this sort of activity before we lose more of our youth to these senseless actions.

Jean M (143)
Saturday May 22, 2010, 10:46 am
Young people are very cruel today and pity the poor kid who is not a part of a group. My grandchildren tell me of children in their schools who others pick on. Watch your children and where they go and with whom and what they are doing, they won't like it but that's just tough. Who will save the children?

Saturday May 22, 2010, 12:51 pm

Past Member (0)
Saturday May 22, 2010, 1:00 pm
How many more children have to die before the parents of these bullies get a clue? Unfortunately a lot more. These parents are most likely too busy with their own ME stuff to care about their own kids.

Blacktiger P (247)
Saturday May 22, 2010, 3:27 pm
Home life of bullies very suspect. Bullies are made not born to it. Raise a child to respect others, peers or elders.

Deborah O (98)
Saturday May 22, 2010, 9:58 pm
I just keep saying it--this is a community failure. A kid in this much despair wasn't just being bullied online. There would have been adults around him who chose not to get involved or kept their involvement to the minimal "just ignore it" many victims hear. Even online, there would have been people who maybe weren't bullying, didn't agree with it, perhaps even felt sorry for him--but chose not to get involved. If even one person had REALLY taken his part, stood up for him, spoke out on his behalf, actually did something real to HELP, they might have saved this kid's life.

Heidi L (88)
Monday May 24, 2010, 9:20 am
This is such a same. Facebook should really monitor bullying as well.

linda b (186)
Monday May 24, 2010, 4:19 pm
Sadly Noted TY Lone.
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