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Monday 20 August 2018

Did bullying drive Chloe to kill herself?

GARDAI inquiring into the suicide of 13-year-old Chloe Coleman are looking at claims she was bullied.

Chloe was found dead in her grandfather's Oliver Coleman's home after she tragically hanged herself.

It has emerged the youngster had been subjected to a campaign of bullying shortly before her death.



HARM

She had been attacked at a disco and is thought to have received a threatening text message the following day, according to reports.

Chloe's dad, also named Oliver Coleman (43), is a convicted killer and was extradited to the UK last year to answer charges of grievous bodily harm.

He was previously jailed for 12 years for the manslaughter of Michael Rosney, who he shot during a row after a house party in 2001.

Chloe's death last Monday has shocked the close-knit community in Longford where she was a first year student at Scoil Mhuire secondary school.

The tragedy has been compared to the death of Phoebe Prince in the US.

Phoebe (15), originally from Co Clare, hanged herself at the family home after being bullied for months in a US high-school. Chloe, of Annaly Park in Longford had become the target of bullies in recent weeks, reports stated.

Her grandfather, Oliver, told a Sunday newspaper she had been tormented by local teenagers and he called for an inquiry into her death.

Preliminary inquiries have been conducted by gardai but it is understood a criminal investigation has not yet been launched.

Chloe was attacked in the toilet of a local teen disco in Longford on January 14 after a minor row, it is believed.

She is reported to have received a text warning her she would get "some more" on Monday morning. One of her friends told a newspaper Chloe sent "goodbye texts" to a few people before she killed herself.

comurphy@herald.ie

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