Donegal teen death a ' personal tragedy' say police

The principal of a County Donegal schoolgirl who took her own life has asked parents to look at what their children do on social networking sites.

Frank Dooley, from Finn Valley College in Stranorlar, was speaking after the death of 13-year-old Erin Gallagher on Saturday.

Police have described the death of the 13-year-old as a "personal tragedy".

Her body has been taken to Letterkenny General Hospital for a post-mortem examination.

Frank Dooley said parents have a role to play in preventing similar tragedies.

"Parents should advise their teenage children to be respectful and to be truthful on social media.

"We cannot control, as teachers, what children may say at home, but we know there is a lot of careless gossip and a lot of blame thrown around in social media circles.

"We also have a lot of Chinese whispering, something is said, it is exaggerated and then it becomes a total lie.

"Unfortunately, tragic death among young people has been increasing in Ireland for quite some time.

"It is something that we would do our very best to counsel children and parents on, in preventing tragic and unforeseen death.

"Quite clearly we have failed here but that doesn't mean we haven't been working very hard on it over the years."

Features & Analysis

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • StuntmanStuntman to the stars

    Driving dangerously and falling off buildings are all part of the day job for Bobby Holland Hanton

Programmes

  • The smartphones of shoppers being tracked in a storeClick Watch

    How free wi-fi can enable businesses to track our movements and learn more about us

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.