A DISTRAUGHT mum has revealed how horrific bullying led her 12-year-old daughter to “plan her own suicide.”
The Australian mum shared a picture of her girl in a hospital bed and wrote a moving plea on Facebook, urging other to pass it on.
She wrote: “Bullying needs to stop and it needs to stop now.”
She revealed her heartbreak after the schoolgirl ended up in hospital over a seven month ordeal at the hands of her bullies, and blamed social media for the girl’s torment.
She wrote: “Last week we spent over 5 hours in A&E with psychiatrists, doctors and nurses, because our girl ‘had a plan to commit suicide’.
“Children (because they are children) think it’s ok to send hateful messages (to me also along with their parents who won’t take responsibility) without consequences. “I’ve had calls from these children calling me an old hag because I’ve defended our daughter, approached parents and pleaded with them to talk with their children and ask them to stop.
“I’ve even approached the children themselves, but been threatened by parents with harassment”.
The mum said her young daughter had been “sent home numerous times after self harming at school.
“She’s not allowed a pencil sharpener as she takes the blade out and cuts herself.”
She revealed the local department of education told her “You should teach your child how to be resilient against bullies.”
She added: “Yes, they said that.
“Our girl has had a video taken of her sitting at her desk at school, legs slightly open, with a lovely caption about the smell. It was posted to Snapchat.
“I spent 90 mins with the police as they tried to determine if it was photographing and distribution of pornographic material.
“Yes, a 12 year old can be prosecuted if the content breaches certain criteria. Sadly our daughter’s didn’t, but she was subjected to weeks of ridicule.
“Repercussions?… The person who took the video? Nothing, because no one would tell who it was.
“It’s OK to verbally attack at school because they can get away with it via a screen so think the same will happen in the real world.”
The desperate mum said she was no planning to go to court to take out a restraining order against another 12-year-old to “keep her away from our beautiful girl”.
She added it was “because parents don’t accept responsibility for their children and schools can only do so much.
“Please, in this awful age of social media (or anti social media as we call it) check your children’s messages..
“Their devices are a privilege, nothing more, nothing less, so please make sure they are being polite and respectful in their messages. Teach the children to ‘talk’ not use text or social media to air their differences.
“Bullying affects the whole family, not just the bullied. It needs to stop and it needs to stop now!”
In an update, posted later, she said her daughter was doing “much better” and thanked supporters for hundreds of messages of goodwill.
Studies recently showed that kids returning to school were facing an epidemic of online bullying.
In February, a heartbroken mum revealed her 14-year-old daughter was driven to suicide by Snapchat bullies.
If you are struggling with any of the issues raised in this article, help can be found by going to the website of The Samaritans or calling them on 116123.
You can also call Childline on 0800 1111 or call the National Bullying Helpline on 0845 2255787.