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sabato 27 maggio 2017

13-year-old girl committed suicide following bullying

A 13-year-old girl in Maine committed suicide this week, just weeks after school district officials sent out a letter to parents, warning them about the new Netflix series about teen suicide. 

Students at Lewiston Middle School learned about seventh-grader Anie Graham's death on Tuesday. 
No details have been released about how Anie killed herself, but local emergency alerts show that a teen killed herself by hanging that day.
Anie's parents and friends said that she had been picked on at school and on social media
She received messages like 'have fun in hell,' friends told the Sun Journal
'When you think bullying, you think pushing around and harassing, but the words that were said to her were harassing,' Anie's friend Felicity Sanborn, 13, told the Press Herald. 'I’d rather have all my teeth knocked out than be called some of those names.'
Felicity added: 'I hope people think about how their disrespectful words affected her, how she felt she was a piece of dust. She felt as though she had nothing to live for.'
Anie's suicide comes just weeks after school district officials sent a letter home to parents, warning them about the new Netflix series 13 Reasons Why
The series, based on a book by the same name, details the reasons why a teen girl decides to kill herself. 
'This series focuses on topics of bullying, sexual assault, depression and suicide. 
'While these are topics that are important to discuss and bring awareness to, a point of concern among the show's critics is the graphic nature of some of the scenes in the series. 
'Content of this nature can be difficult to watch and can trigger strong emotions in some viewers, especially children and young adolescents,' the letter read. 

It's unclear whether Anie had watched the series. The character who kills herself in the series does not do so by hanging. 
School Principal Jake Langlais says he doesn't believe there is a connection. 
'When there's a terrible event like this usually means there's a number of things that led to that place,' he told WCSH. 
Anie's heartbroken father spoke out about her death on Wednesday, saying that both the school and healthcare providers failed his daughter. 
'We tried so hard, we tried everything. When it got serious, when it got real, no one helped us,' Matt Graham said.
'The school and the hospital and the insurance company all told us they couldn’t help,' he added. 'Every system we have in place failed our daughter.'
Lewiston Superintendent Bill Webster said he was not aware of any report that Anie was being bullied. 
Anie's father and Webster had a meeting on Wednesday, during which Mr. Graham made suggestions on how the school could improve it's response to suicidal children. 
He said the school should immediately send a child to the hospital if they mention being suicidal. According to the current policy, if a student made such comments, school officials would provide their family with a list of resources and then refer them to counseling services. 
Mr Graham says he wants people to know that his daughter was beautiful and popular but was still a victim of bullying. 
Students who knew the girl described her as a 'friendly' and bubbly' person who frequently hosted pool parties and was good at math. 
On Wednesday, about 50 students walked out of school during classes to remember Anie. They were all given unexcused absences but the school is not going to punish them for the statement.  
• For confidential help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or click here
• For confidential support on suicide matters in the UK, call the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90, visit a local Samaritans branch or click here  


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