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Boy, 13, 'hanged himself after he was bullied on Bebo

Discussion in 'Social Media' started by gkd_uk, Jun 25, 2008.

  1. gkd_uk

    gkd_uk Moderator Moderator Webmaster

    A teenager said to have been bullied on the social networking site Bebo has been found hanged in his bedroom.

    Sam Leeson's family say the 13-year-old was picked on by other users of the site because of his 'alternative appearance' and his taste in music.

    Blaming Bebo for his 'utterly pointless death', Sam's mother said the family discovered the extent of the bullying only when they checked his Web page after his death.

    'I'm not sure what influence these sites have - but if they are a method of expressing things, maybe they should be checked more,' said 45-year-old Sally Cope.

    'He was into his appearance and often wore his black skinny jeans. He was an alternative dresser and I think other teenagers did used to make comments about that.'

    Bebo users who taunted Sam on the site have since left messages apologising for their conduct.

    Sam was a fan of alternative rock bands such as the Foo Fighters and Slipknot, as well as so-called Emo music, championed by bands such as blink-182 and Good Charlotte.

    The movement takes its name from the word emotional - a reference to its angst-ridden lyrics and melancholy themes.

    It has become increasingly popular with British teenagers since its inception in the U.S. two decades ago.

    Followers see the genre as much as a fashion as a style of music. Many dye their hair black and wear dark clothing.

    Sam's sister, Emma, 22, said he had also been bullied at school over his interest in the music.

    'He used to laugh about it when people mocked him over his dress sense and music taste, so we didn't realise it was anything serious.

    'We saw him as always happy and smiling, but we now think there has been some name-calling about the whole Emo thing.

    'We know some bullying has been going on. We do not want to attack the school, as they have been very good, but we are very upset it has come to this.'

    Sam, of Tredworth, Gloucestershire, was found on Thursday by his mother, Sally Cope, and another sister, Katie, 12, when they returned from a short shopping trip.

    A short time before, Sam had seemed 'perfectly normal', answering the door to a friend of Katie, Miss Cope added.

    'He was such a loving boy. We all loved him very much and he was always telling us how much he loved us.'

    Sam was one of five children born to Miss Cope and Chris Leeson, a 39-year- old builder.

    The couple never married, but were together 11 years before parting five years ago. Mr Leeson has two young children with his new partner.

    Miss Cope, a tutor who works with disadvantaged youths, called for greater monitoring of teenage boys in schools, particularly 'quiet, hardworking' ones such as her son.

    'I have seen from my work that there are plenty of resources thrown at those who have become disengaged with the educational system, or society generally,' she said.

    'But the ones who don't disrupt the class, who do what they are told, like Sam, can be overlooked.'

    Peter Rowland, headmaster at Severn Vale School, paid tribute to Sam as a 'wonderfully creative' writer who would be a 'great loss' to the school.

    Source Daily Mail
  2. zurk

    zurk New Member Webmaster

    It's too late for them now! :mad: That poor boy...
  3. MarkeD

    MarkeD New Member Webmaster

    Another quality piece of journalism from the Daily Hate - killing yourself over online comments has more to do with the environment you're growing up in than the service that supplies the comments. But lets not let rational thought get in the way of a good headline.
  4. TeamPlayer

    TeamPlayer New Member Webmaster

    Sad that this should happen, but why on earth did he remain a member if it got to him that much?

    Having said that, anyone who is `different` can, unfortunately in many cases, expect to be derided for what they do, or are seen as.
  5. SticKer

    SticKer New Member Webmaster

    Its really sad to hear such things. What's wrong with kids nowadays? The other day I read about some [SIZE=-1]teenage girls from a Massachusetts high school are pregnant after they formed a pregnancy pact.[/SIZE]
    Last edited by a moderator: Jul 3, 2008
  6. gkd_uk

    gkd_uk Moderator Moderator Webmaster

    The bit i don't get is, how do they know he killed himself because of being bullied on Bebo. It could have been related to something else. It could have been related to bullying at school.

    "Sam's sister, Emma, 22, said he had also been bullied at school over his interest in the music."
  7. Cryxellis

    Cryxellis New Member Webmaster

    People with different taste in everything is unique. I'm not into bullying anyone nor made fun of their taste. I know how to respect their likes and dislikes. But there are just people who doesn't understand that.
  8. zurk

    zurk New Member Webmaster

    Good point there.
    There could be other reasons why he hanged himself. Maybe relationship with the family is also involved, 'cause they didn't know something was wrong until it happened. Maybe they weren't paying much attention.

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