Hannah Smith – The UK’s latest victim of cyberbullies

A 14-year-old Leicestershire girl killed herself after being bullied on a social networking site, her father has claimed.

Hannah Smith, from Lutterworth, was found hanged on Friday.

Her father Dave Smith, wrote on Facebook that he found bullying posts on his daughter’s ask.fm page from people telling her to die.

Latvia-based ask.fm allows users to post anonymously. An inquest into Hannah’s death has opened in Leicester.

Writing on Facebook last Friday, Mr Smith wrote: “Just to let all my friends know my youngest daughter took her own life last night.”

Mr Smith has called for tighter controls to be applied to social networking sites such as ask.fm.

He wrote: “I have just seen the abuse my daughter got from people on ask fm and the fact that these people can be annoymous is wrong [sic].”

Source: BBC News

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