My kid just went through high school and experienced the death of a teen friend by suicide, which is sadly not uncommon. In this hour-long drama well-to-do parents, artist Deborah and MP Michael invite the teen who bullied their son and his less-affluent, unsophisticated parents Tamara and Bill to dinner a year after their son took his own life. Deborah and Tamara have planned the meeting as a way to find closure through written apologies. Instead, the night flies apart before dessert and descends into secrets revealed, parental grief and fury, blame and accusations.
N.S. sends teen suicide expert to Cape Breton, promises new cyberbullying law - The Globe and Mail
The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures. Rehtaeh Parsons, a year-old from Cole Harbour, had struggled emotionally for more than a year after she was sexually assaulted and a police investigation failed to file charges, her mother, Leah, says on a Facebook tribute page. Rehtaeh Parsons could not escape the memories of that night in , a few weeks before her 16th birthday. She tried therapy, she switched schools, she moved to another community. But Rehtaeh, who died Sunday after attempting suicide last week, was made to remember until the end — persistently tormented after a disturbing photograph of her was circulated among her high-school classmates in a suburb of Halifax. Her grieving family alleges she was not only the victim of bullying, but also of sexual assault.
N.S. sends teen suicide expert to Cape Breton, promises new cyberbullying law
Stan Kutcher, a Dalhousie University psychiatry professor. He presented seven recommendations to the Nova Scotia government Wednesday aimed at bolstering mental health services in the wake of the suicides of three teens, at least two of whom had been bullied. Kutcher recommended a provincial policy be developed to address students' responsible use of personal devices such as cellphones on school grounds. However, he said he didn't know how such a regime could be extended to when students are away from school — and a wider public discussion needs to take place on where responsibilities lie. We've attempted to tackle this challenge in the network policy and we are now going to expand that conversation to include all devices.
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia AP — Family and friends of a Canadian teen who hanged herself after she was allegedly raped and bullied for months were urged at her funeral Saturday to celebrate her life and use her story to draw attention to the circumstances that contributed to her death. More than people filled St. Mark's Anglican Church to pay their last respects to year-old Rehtaeh Parsons, whose family said she was photographed while being sexually assaulted in by four boys and bullied after the photo went viral online. The teen's death on Sunday has been compared with two other episodes recently in the news — the death of a year-old California girl who took her own life after she was allegedly sexually abused and an explicit photo of the assault circulated online among her classmates, and a case in Ohio in which two high school football players were convicted of raping a drunken year-old girl, an incident recorded on cellphones and gossiped about online.