The parents of a 15-year-old public schoolgirl who jumped to her death after being bullied on Facebook have spoken of the ‘huge pressures’ placed on young people by social networking sites.
Holly Grogan died after plunging 30ft from a road bridge near her home on to a dual carriageway where she was hit by passing traffic.
Steve Grogan, 45, and his wife Anita, 44, from Longlevens, Gloucester, said they were ‘devastated’ by the death of their ‘wonderful’ daughter, which followed the posting of dozens of abusive and humiliating messages on her Facebook wall.
‘Girls used to gang up on her and call her names and she didn’t have anything to say back. She just froze up. They used to leave comments on her Facebook wall, calling her names. They’ve probably all deleted them now.’
Chloe added: ‘I heard that the girls who bullied her at her old school told their friends at her new school to bully her as well
and so it just kept on and on.
St Edward’s head teacher Andrew Nash said the school was in ‘shock’ but he refused to say whether staff had been aware of the bullying