Family Speaks Out After Bullied Schoolgirl Takes Her Own Life

Sep 5, 2017

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The family of an Adelaide schoolgirl who took her own life last week has spoken out about the online bullying she suffered.

Libby Bell, 13, died suddenly last Monday.

“Libby was such a bright spark,” her uncle Clint Gow-Smith told FIVEaa on Tuesday. “She certainly had an aura about her… her million dollar smile is the best way to sum up Libby.”

“We’re struggling to comes to terms with it, to be honest. But her parents are being so brave.”

Clint said Libby had been bullied for a “couple of years”, but one incident at a fast food restaurant last year particularly stood out.

“Libby was sitting in the takeaway outlet… someone filmed it,” Clint said. “It was obviously a bit of a setup. A few girls, one girl in particular, threw a drink over Libby then a fight broke out.

“It was quite relentless over a period of time.”

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