‘I’m ac­tu­ally happy she’s dead...’


Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By NEIL GOOD­WIN

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?”

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