Hundreds of mouners gathered Wednesday to pay their respects to Erin Gallagher (13), from Donegal, who committed suicide having been bullied online. The police are now speaking to two schoolgirls who presented themselves for interview, along with their parents.
Accusations against the girls were made online including some vile comments, the Evening Herald reports.
Gallagher committed suicide last weekend. She had been bullied online, on the social networking sites Ask.fm and Facebook. Her family knew she was being bullied and had contacted the police earlier in October. On Saturday members of her family discovered the 13-year-old’s body in their home.
A police source said “There is a real concern for their safety. At the end of the day all those involved in this tragic incident are very young people, they are children.
“The facts of the case will be required for an inquest but there is also a welfare aspect to this.”
Although police, social workers and parents involved are looking in to Erin Gallagher’s case it is unlikely that anyone will be charged over Gallagher’s death.
Gallagher’s mother, Lorraine, gave the police her cell phone in the hope that they might find some information in it. She believes that her teenage daughter receives malicious text messages before she took her life.
As the police continued their investigation hundreds were packed inside St. Mary’s Church, in Stranorlar, County Donegal to say goodbye to the 13-year-old schoolgirl.
Father Joe Duffy told the congregation of the “extremely tragic circumstances” of her death. He also said that society had failed Gallagher and said that cyber bullying needed to be dealt with. Pupil’s from Gallagher’s school, Finn Valley College, lined the streets outside the church.
In attendance at the service was her mother Lorraine, sister Shannon (15) and her little brother, four-year-old Sean James.