THE tragic death of 13-year-old Chloe Coleman raises important questions about the extent of bullying in our society.
She took her own life in January after reportedly being bullied, not in her school, but by elements in her own community.
Her heartbroken grandfather now wants to offer support to other families whose children are being bullied.
Studies have shown that bullying in Ireland is a behavioural problem which blights the lives of thousands of children and their families.
Its devastating effects include humiliation, fear, social isolation, personality changes, illness and unfortunately, sometimes suicide.
Teens, going through life changes, are particularly vulnerable to a scourge which knows no boundaries of age, sex or background.
Adults have a stringent responsibility to stamp out this virulent blight wherever it rears its ugly head.