The family of a Gold Coast schoolgirl who was the target of a horrifying cyber-bully attack insist they’ve made multiple complaints, accusing the State Government of not doing enough to prevent bullying.
The Snapchat video features two girls telling the victim to kill herself.
The video went viral on social media, within 48 hours of being uploaded by a concerned family friend.
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Amber’s family has thanked the community for the outpouring support the video generated, though says it’s been a tough battle for their daughter.
“Amber has struggled since moving from Victoria to Queensland 4 years ago as she has been the victim of continual bullying. This had dire consequences for Amber’s health” the family said
“Amber developed anxiety and depression, stopped eating and was hospitalised for 3 months. A decision was made to move schools. Amber then moved to St Stephens. Unfortunately, the bullying followed her, and became far worse,” they said in the statement.
The viral Snapchat video, which has now been removed from social media, shows two Queensland schoolgirls shouting into the camera for Amber to kill herself and that ‘everyone wants to kill you’.
“Kill yourself before I f***ing kill you because you are a f**** s*** and I f***ing hate you,” one of them says, while the other can be heard laughing in the back ground.
It’s believed the video came to the attention of the Department of Education last year, though the family says not much was done about it.
“Out of desperation we wrote to Premier Anastasia Palaszczuk who referred us to the Minister for Education.
“The Qld state government wrote to us and said they could not help us because Amber was not at a public school.
“Following this we made the decision to change schools again and moved Amber to Helensvale High during 2018.
“The relentless bullying continued with this Snapchat video just one example of what Amber has endured,” the family said.
The father of one of the bullies has told Newscorp his 15-year-old daughter is full of remorse and was just “mucking around”.
“None of what the girls said in the video was meant to be taken seriously.
“She’s actually a very sweet girl and this is just totally out of character.
Police say they were yet to receive an official complaint but the family says they made one to Coomera Police Station three weeks ago.
“They assured us they would approach the Principal of the school.
“Since that time, we had not heard from the school until they called and asked for the video to be taken down which was outside our control.
“We were made aware that a family friend out of frustration for us had posted the video to social media.
It’s believed the school has launched an investigation.
“Whilst this video has now been removed from social media we would ask: What is the government doing? There seems to be a lot of noise around eradicating bullying, however when push comes to shove, there appears to be absolutely no support to prevent this from happening.”
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