Social media blamed for bullying of girl in school
By Brendan Grehan
A GIRL (14) is being bullied on social media, Tallaght Court has heard. The girl’s mother was before the court for not sending her daughter to school. Her daughter was in court also. The case was before Judge Bridget Reilly for a progress report.
The woman, aged 38, with an address in Tallaght, is accused of failing to comply with a school attendance notice dated November 20 last ensuring her daughter’s attendance at a local secondary school.
Tusla’s solicitor, who are prosecuting the case, told Judge Reilly that the report was “mixed”. He said that since the new school term had started, the girl had partially attended school on 10 days and she had failed to attend on seven days.
The woman’s solicitor, Michael Hennessy, said that the girl had been bullied on Facebook and that the school was investigating this.
He said that there was also graffitti in a toilet in the school and she had been unfairly accused of writing it.
He said that the last report had been positive and asked the judge to put it back for a further report.
Judge Reilly told the girl that she was sure that she wanted to get back at her bullies, but she told her to find courage and told her that it was important that she attend school.
She adjourned the case until November for a progress report.
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