Jodie & Soda speak with Libby Bell’s uncle Clint Gow-Smith on the push to create a bullying- specific law that would put serious offenders behind bars for up to 10 years.
The legislation dubbed “Libby’s Law” was prompted by the suicide of 13-year-old Seaford Secondary College student Libby Bell, who was bullied online and at school.
The Year 8 student died on August 28 after enduring what her family alleges was years of cyber bullying over Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat.
She was also subject to physical abuse from peers, including at a Seaford fast food outlet last year when she was filmed having a drink poured over her.
Clint’s advice to anyone experiencing bullying or witnessing it: “Speak up! Stop the car and speak with Mum & Dad don’t brush it off…it’s as simple as having a fall out with a friend or ending up at their funeral.. kids needs to understand that’s what’s at stake”
If you or someone you know needs help, call:
Lifeline on 13 11 14
Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800
MensLine Australia on 1300 789 978
Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467
Beyond Blue on 1300 22 46 36
Headspace on 1800 650 890