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Saturday 20 September 2014

Force social media sites to name bullies, says Elaine

Nicola Donnelly

Published 29/04/2014 | 05:32

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Elaine Hughes

THE mother of a Swords schoolboy has launched a campaign to have social media sites forced to provide gardaí with information that will identify people who engage in cyber-bullying, less than two years after her teenage son took his own life.

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Elaine Hughes, the mother of Darren Hughes Gibson (17) who died in August 2012 in Balbriggan, believes that if the 'horrific' and 'threatening' messages, which were sent to Darren in the days prior to his death on his social media page were retrieved, it would paint a fuller picture of what happened.

Elaine blames cyber-bullying for Darren's death and said: 'Posts that were put on Darren's social media page were deleted immediately after Darren's body was found.

'I do believe if these messages are retrieved it will identify those who I believe bullied him and drove him to his death.'

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