Holly Grogan, 15, leapt to death ‘after abuse from Facebook bullies’

By Steve Bird
The Times online
The parents of a 15-year-old public schoolgirl who jumped 30ft to her death from a road bridge blamed her suicide on the “huge pressure” and “modern complexities” of social networking websites.

Holly Grogan died last week after she fell on to a busy dual carriageway and was hit by passing traffic.

She had endured a torrent of abuse posted on her Facebook page, it was disclosed yesterday. Friends said that she had been a victim of cyber-bullying.

Her parents, Steve, 45, and Anita, 44, and her brother Tom, 17, described Holly as a wonderful daughter and sister, and warned other families to be aware of the dangers of bullying on websites such as Facebook, Bebo and MySpace.

Holly was a pupil at St Edward’s School, in Cheltenham. In a statement, her parents said: “We are not Catholic but chose for her to attend St Edward’s in the belief that the morals and values promoted by the school would provide Holly with a platform to the next stage of her life.

“Holly struggled to cope with the huge pressures placed upon her by the modern complexities of ‘friendship groups’ and social networking. 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. We are so proud of our beautiful, kind and caring Holly.

“The family has been greatly comforted by the comments and tributes left on various social networking sites. We shared 15 wonderful years with Holly and to us she will be forever young.”

Holly was found under Pirton Lane Bridge, in Churchdown, near Gloucester, about 11 o’clock on Wednesday evening. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Full story.


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