Chanelle Rae: Coroner probes cyber attacks after teens take own lives


Anthony Dowsley and Megan McNaught
The Herald-Sun
THE coroner is investigating whether cyber bullying contributed to the deaths of four teenagers from one school. The heartbreaking deaths have shocked Victorians and police have not ruled out laying charges.

Three of the teens were enrolled at Geelong’s Western Heights College when they took their own lives and the fourth had recently left.

In the most recent case, Chanelle Rae, 14, committed suicide last Friday just hours after being bullied online.

Insp Phil Swindells said last night the four deaths were being investigated by the coroner. He said he would not speculate whether an offence took place, but a crime had potentially been committed.

“There is potential that charges could arise,” he said. Full story.

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