• Australia loses teen to cyberbullying

    Date: 07.30.09 | by Judge Tom.

    Chanelle Rae was a 14-year-old cheerleader at her high school in Australia. According to her mother, she was a bright and happy teenager who had a few minor problems with kids at school, but nothing that changed her mood.

    Until a Friday night in July, 2009. She told her mother that she “wanted to die” after receiving a hurtful message online. They talked about it for an hour or so, and her Mom thought things were better. Later that night, Chanelle committed suicide.

    Chanelle Rae (MySpace)

    “When you’re 14-years-old, if you don’t think you have any friends . . . .maybe that’s not worth living and obviously it wasn’t for her,” Karen Rae commented.

    Australia’s Education Ministry is encouraging young people to talk about their problems especially when they’re in a crisis. ‘ . . .no problem is unsurmountable” said Education Minister Bronwyn Pike.

    Do you have someone to turn to when you’re down or feeling depressed? A friend or relative? If you don’t, you can always call a help or hotline such as:

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline  1-800-273-TALK (8255)

    www.wiredsafety.org

    In Australia:  Lifeline at 13 11 14

    In England:  www.cybermentors.org.uk  or call at: 0208 771 3377

    For more about cyberbullying and bullicide, see:  http://askthejudge.info/fatal-abuse-of-the-internet-by-the-parents/165/

    Judge Tom

    This post was written by Judge Tom. Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

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