Bullied girl’s parents warn: Facebook’s ‘huge pressures’


By Helen Carter
Guardian.co.uk
The parents of a 15-year-old public schoolgirl who jumped to her death after being bullied on Facebook have spoken of the “huge pressures” placed on young people by social networking sites.

Holly Grogan died after plunging 30ft from a road bridge near her home on to a dual carriageway, where she was hit by passing traffic. She was found at 11pm on Wednesday under a bridge in Churchdown, Gloucestershire, two miles from her home.

Steve Grogan, 45, and his wife Anita, 44, from Longlevens, Gloucester, said they were devastated by the death of their “wonderful” daughter, which followed the posting of dozens of abusive and humiliating messages on her Facebook wall.

Her family said in a statement: “Holly struggled to cope with the huge pressures placed upon her by the modern complexities of ‘friendship groups’ and social networking.”

It added that they were “sure every responsible parent will empathise with our constant battle to instil self-belief and confidence in our children. Holly’s outwardly vivacious zest for life was apparent to all who knew her.” Full story.

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