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Tabloid Press Go To Town On Michael Raven With Stories of Facebook Bullies And Girl Gangs

by | 1st, December 2011

MICHAEL Raven hanged himself. He was a 12 year old  pupil at St Wilfrid’s Church of England Academy in Blackburn.

We don’t know why. The Blackburn schoolboy left no note.

The Sun gets hold of the story. It produces the headline:

Hanged boy 12, ‘bullied by girl gang’

A reader writes:

My daughter told me about it before it was in the paper her best friend goes to the same school. She also told me the name of a girl who’s being accused of bullying Michael and said this girl had to close her Facebook account because of all the abuse she was getting and this was all on the day it was announced.

In the comments I’ve read in the Lancashire Telegraph and on Facebook, it looks as if he was bullied and I’ve seen the same girl mentioned many times. I’ve also seen the plural bullies, indicating it wasn’t just her, but no mention of any ‘gang’ so where did The Sun get its headline from?

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