Principal of Finn Valley College urges parents to talk to children about tragedy

The principal of Finn Valley college has urged parents to talk to their children about the tragedy which has befallen the school after 13 year old Erin Gallagher took her own life on Saturday. An investigation is continuing into what gardai have described as a "personal tragedy".

Erin took her own life just hours after posting messages on a social networking site saying she was bullied.

The founder and director of the anti-bullying centre in Trinity College Dublin, Mona O'Moore says these websites must take responsibility - and allow users to report abusive comments:


Yesterday, parents were invited to the school to meet a team of eight psychologists and advisor's from the Department of Education and the HSE, with further support being offered to parents and students after Erin's funeral tomorrow (Wednesday).

Principal Frank Dooley says it's important that parents talk to their children about the wider issue of the internet and the need for respect and honesty on social networking sites.

He also says its's vital that they support their children through this tragedy, and yesterday's session was important in that regard: