Parents criticise Canadian police after teen's suicide

Rehtaeh Parsons
Rehtaeh Parsons had to move away from her school in Nova Scotia

The parents of a Canadian girl, who say she died after being cyberbullied, have criticised police for not charging anyone over her death.

Rehtaeh Parsons, from Halifax in Nova Scotia, claimed she had been raped by four boys at a party in 2011.

The 17-year-old's parents say a photo of the alleged attack went viral at her school.

They decided to turn off her life support after they found their daughter hanging in their home last week.

Following a year-long investigation, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) concluded that there were no grounds to charge the four boys accused of the attack.

Vigilante warning

Anonymous, an internet hacking group, has threatened to release the names of two of the four alleged attackers.

Rehtaeh Parsons' mother Leah has urged the group not to.

She told CBC News in Canada: "I don't want people going after those boys and people are threatening to do that. I don't want more bullying. Rehtaeh wouldn't want more bullying."

Police are also warning local people to not take justice into their own hands.

In an open letter to the Justice Minister of Nova Scotia, her father Glen Canning said: "My daughter wasn't bullied to death, she was disappointed to death. Disappointed in people she thought she could trust, her school and the police."

Moving away

Her parents say the bullying she experienced following the alleged attack got so bad that Rehtaeh Parsons had to change schools and move away from Halifax.

She was treated for depression and anger in hospital and stayed there for six weeks.

In a post on a Facebook tribute page, her mother Leah said: "She acted on impulse, I truly, in my heart of hearts, do not feel she meant to kill herself.

"The bullying never stopped but she learned to keep her head high and surrounded herself with the ones who truly cared."

Following thousands of comments about her death on social media, Canadian authorities have hinted that they may now review the case.

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