Rehtaeh Parsons: Teenage girl kills herself after online bullying

Rehtaeh Parsons Credit: Facebook
Rehtaeh Parsons
Credit: Facebook

Internet bullying is a phenomenon that’s becoming all-too common and has now cost the life of another teenage girl, this time a 17-year-old from Nova Scotia.

Rehtaeh Parsons died on Sunday after attempting suicide a few days earlier. She joins the likes of Amanda Todd and Jessica Laney, two other teens that killed themselves under similar circumstances.

According to the girl’s mother, Leah Parsons, Rehtaeh was raped at a party after drinking too much in 2011. Just as in cases we’ve seen before, most recently in the Steubenville Ohio rape trial, photos were taken, which then circulated among classmates who then started bullying Rehtaeh.

“She walked into the school and everyone started calling her a slut,” her mother said.

Her mother said that the police investigated for an entire year only to conclude it was a case of “he said, she said,” and there wasn’t enough evidence to press charges.

“We have to deal in facts and not rumors,” RCMP Cpl. Scott MacRae told CBC. “We may not be able to go down certain roads because of the tragic circumstance. I feel like the door is always open for people to talk to a police agency.”

The girl’s mother said that even though the family moved, the bullying continued.

“She was never left alone,” Parsons said. “Her friends turned against her, people harassed her, boys she didn’t know started texting her and Facebooking asking her to have sex with them since she had had sex with their friends. It just never stopped.”

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