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Grieving dad urges action to tackle the online bullies who pushed his girl into an overdose

By Staff Reporter

A grieving father whose young daughter took her own life after being bullied online has said more must be done to tackle the issue.

Louise Diver (20) passed away two days after taking an overdose.

Her death in March came after she received hate-filled messages through the social networking site Facebook.

The problem of cyber-bullying has been in the spotlight following the suicide of schoolboy Ronan Hughes.

The 17-year-old took his own life 10 days ago after being tricked into posting photographs on the internet.

It was the second internet-linked tragedy to hit Co Tyrone in recent months.

Louise, a community worker from Strabane, passed away three months ago after an overdose said to be triggered by online bullying.

Her devastated dad, who now lives in England, said more needed to be done by social media companies to address the problem.

Davie Diver said he believed his daughter had tried to end her own life in a "cry for help".

And he said news of Ronan Hughes's death had caused him further anguish.

"It breaks my heart to hear there is another young person that has lost their life because of this online bullying," he told Sunday Life.

"Suicide is already a problem in society - something needs to be done before another young person loses their life.

"There should be stricter regulations, banning and a direct link to report these things straight to police."

Mr Diver said his daughter had hidden her torment after being targeted by a number of people.

He explained how it started off with Louise being asked to do things. One girl was making her do her coursework for her.

Later, she started receiving messages on Facebook.

"I only found out Louise was being bullied the day she was buried," added Mr Diver.

"She told nobody at all, she was a very quiet wee girl."

He said the messages, which were seen by other members of Louise's family, have now been deleted.

"If they were still there I'd take them to police, but I don't know what they'd be able to do," he added.

Mr Diver said that Louise had enjoyed a holiday with him, but her problems started again when she went home.

He was at work in England when he received a call to say his daughter was in hospital.

He recalled speaking to her in her hospital bed.

"I told her to get better, because my birthday was on the Monday, and I said I wanted her better for my birthday, so we could celebrate," he added.

"She says, 'I will da'. Then she said, 'I love you da'. And that's the last words I heard from her."

Louise passed away two days after being admitted to hospital. The drugs she had taken had damaged her organs beyond repair.

It was only after Louise was laid to rest that Mr Diver discovered the full extent of the bullying.

He believes people who bully others online must consider the consequence of their deeds.

And he wants more action from social media companies.

"These people who bully others, they want to catch a grip of themselves," Mr Diver added.

"Realise that bullying is not the way.

"These social media companies need to do something as well, something needs to be done before another young person loses their life."

  • If you feel suicidal or have a problem with depression, call the Samaritans on 08457 909090

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