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Dad of tragic teen calls for cyber-bullying laws

EMMA GALLAGHER

Published 30/10/2012 | 12:48

THE FATHER of a young Dromahair girl who took her own life as a result of cyber bullying, believes that online bullying is now a 'much bigger' problem than was ever imagined.

Jonathan Pugsley was speaking following the death of a Donegal teenage girl who died at the weekend amid claims of online bullying.

Just six weeks ago, Jonathan lost his daughter Ciara (15).

Upon hearing of the death of Erin Gallagher (13) from Ballybofey, he said: "It's very sad for the family. "It's torture and it will be torture. "I feel very sorry for her family and everyone affected."

He is calling for legislation against websites and chatrooms where people can post anonymous messages that bully others.

"We need to legislate against these sites, it's outrageous that people can post messages about others, without any comeback.

"Kids are on these sites, reading things and not knowing who they are coming from. "I'm sure adults too are getting abuse. "People who set up sites such as these are in it to make money and don't care about the trial of destruction that they leave behind.

"It has to be backed up with legislation," Mr. Pugsley stressed.

He said that cyber bullying is a problem that is happening all over the world and advised parents to be aware of what their children are accessing online.

"Parents need to be educated more, find out what their kids are doing and if they are on these sites to get them off them.

"Unfortunately, we didn't know what was going on prior to Ciara's death."

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