The terrible tragedy of online bullying
Another schoolgirl has taken her own life after receiving hate messages from cyber-bullies. Erin Gallagher, of Ballybofey, Co Donegal, had posted a reply to them on Friday, one day before her death, threatening suicide. She was 13 years old.
It is easy for minds to imagine, but impossible for words to describe, the effect of this dreadful event on her family, her friends and classmates, and the people of Ballybofey.
It occurred only six weeks after the death of 15-year-old Ciara Pugsley in Dromahair, Co Leitrim -- another suicide that left a small town shocked and feeling helpless.