December 11, 2013

Teenage girl, 14, 'killed herself at house party after being targeted by bullies who were jealous of her looks'

Schoolgirl, named online as Sarah Clerkson, found hanging at house party. She was taken to hospital in North Durham where she later died.
A 14-year-old girl has died after she was found hanging at a house party in an apparent suicide that online tributes say was sparked by bullying.


The schoolgirl, named on social networking sites as Sarah Clerkson, was found at an address in Spennymoor, County Durham, on Saturday evening.

A 14-year-old girl, named online as Sarah Clerkson, died in hospital after she was found hanging at a house party

She was taken to the University Hospital of North Durham where she later died.


Friends set up a Facebook page titled RIP Sarah Clerkson with one writing: 'Its such a shame r.i.p. young lady. hope the bullies get what they deserve. nothing but scum of the earth.'

Thousands of mourners have joined groups on the site to pay tribute to the teenager.

Some posts claimed Sarah had been targeted by bullies because of jealousy over her looks.

One person wrote: 'That is why she would get bullied, because she is stunning, jealousy is a terrible thing.

'The bullies who did this should come forward and take their punishment and ask.fm should be banned.

'Everyones sympathy goes to her family, they must be heartbroken.'

Another posted: 'I cant understand in this day and age how bullies get away with this, surely in a court of law this should be manslaughter, as this poor girl was driven to take her own life, someone should be liable, surely!'

According to the Northern Echo, Sarah, who was originally from Sunderland, was attending a party at the home of a 16-year-old boy.

She was put to bed after being sick, the report said, and when someone checked on her some hours later, there was no reply and the door had to be kicked down.

According to the report, there was alcohol but no drugs at the party.

A 16-year-old boy who had been at the party told last night how he tried to save the teenager.

He said: 'I began to give CPR under instruction over the phone from the ambulance service. Then a police officer arrived and he took over the CPR until the paramedics got there. It was such a shock and an unexpected tragedy.'

Sarah was taken to the University Hospital of North Durham (pictured) where she later died
Sarah was taken to the University Hospital of North Durham (pictured) where she later died
The teenager said everyone at the party had been 'concerned' about Sarah after she had been put to bed after being sick.

He said: 'At about 12.15am on Sunday we went to see how she was. We got no reply and we had to kick the door down.'

Detective inspector Wendy Tinkler, of Darlington Police, said: 'Attempts were made to resuscitate a 14-year-old girl at a house in Spennymoor.

'A post mortem is taking place to establish a cause of death but there are no suspicious circumstances.'

Police have said a report has been prepared for the coroner.

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