‘I’m actually happy she’s dead...’
SICK TROLLS TARGET TRAGIC HANNAH DAYS AFTER SUICIDE
TROLLS have hijacked a tribute page created for a teenager found hanged at her home after suffering months of bullying online on a notorious website.
Hannah Smith, 14, was taunted on Ask.fm – linked to at least four teenage deaths in the past year – over her weight,
the death of an uncle and an apparent propensity to self-harm.
She had also been urged to ‘drink bleach’ and ‘go get cancer’ by the anonymous tormentors, friends said.
But now trolls have taken to Facebook to sabotage genuine attempts to celebrate her life and have been revelling in her tragic death.
Under the header R.I.P. Hannah Smith, American Toby Swaggins Tarrant said: ‘ Its (sic) her own fault for taking her own life. its (sic) cowardice. and instead of opening our eyes to the dead we should open our ears to the living’.
After loved ones confronted him and called him ‘sick’, he said: ‘Oh for f**** sake bullying on the internet is soo f****** easy to avoid just turn off your f****** computer!’.
Another troll using the name Jake Williams posted: “I’m actually happy she’s dead.”
Now Hannah’s heartbroken father Dave Smith, 44, has urged David Cameron to ban the site, while a petition calling for children to be safeguarded is also launched.
The tragedy comes amid an escalation of abusive and threatening ‘trolling’ of high-profile women on Twitter.
In the aftermath of Hannah’s apparent suicide, her devastated father took to Facebook to urge parents to stop their children using the Latvian-based Ask.fm, which has been condemned as a ‘stalker’s paradise’ by child safety experts.
Mr Smith called for its creators to be prosecuted for manslaughter and the Prime Minister to bring in legislation to punish them.
“Websites like this are bullying websites because people can be anonymous,” he said.
“How many more teenagers will kill themselves because of online abuse before something is done?”