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    From the Indo HERE

    JUSTICE minister Alan Shatter has urged cyber-bullying victims across Ireland to contact the gardai.In the wake of a number of recent high-profile teen suicides linked to online abuse, Mr Shatter said laws existed to punish those behind such harassment.
    "I would urge anyone who is the victim of any kind of bullying, including cyber-bullying, to report it to the gardai," he said.
    "I would also urge parents and other family members to support and encourage victims in doing so."
    On one hand I do have to commend Mr. Shatter for his stance in regards to this. However, I do think he is being naive in thinking that the Gardai will do anything in relation to this issue.

    They simply do not want to know. The majority of Gardai are most likely unaware that there are laws in place in regards to this issue, considering how poor their grasp of more common laws can be.

    As per usual, this issue comes to light in the wake of deaths and a lot of hand wringing and navel gazing occurs, but as soon as its no longer a newsworthy issue, off it goes until another teenager takes their own life.

    My experience of the Gardai is that they are an extremely lazy organisation who won't do anything unless they absolutely have to or if their ego is threatened. They have a long history of ignoring teenagers in crisis, even laughing at claims of abuse on occasion.

    So, whilst I shall again commend Mr. Shatter for his stance, I do think it's an empty gesture until we have a police force that works for all the community.
    Let's all raise a glass of frog milk to the ancient festival of Fargaltide!

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    That poor girl in donegal was 13, the law is not going to do anything about people of that age,because there is practically nothing it can do bar JLO them. it needs a far more local approach, school/parents etc., as usual society expects, everyone else to solve their problems.

    If schools started suspending/expelling students for bullying outside school, parents would be queuing up outside the local solicitors office, just like everybody in this country wants laws implemented against everybody bar themselves, this is truly irelands greatest problem.

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    Lets have a slew of cases. Lets have some convictions. Lets have some incarcerations.
    No? Why not? It is time to recognize that the slap on the wrist invites contempt.

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    Mr Shatter is in a position to ensure that the Gards, a specialist team perhaps help people who complain of such bullying. It could be just another sound bite but it is an area that has recently claimed a young life.

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    Cyber bullying is a Trojan Horse,

    and the sheep will just open the gates and let it be rolled right in by scumbags like Shatter,

    You think Shatter gives a fck about the welfare of your kids,

    Wake up will ye,

    The politicians were delighted to hear about the tragic deaths of Erin and Ciara.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ribeye View Post
    The politicians were delighted to hear about the tragic deaths of Erin and Ciara.
    what an utter disgraceful post. pure vile

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    Quote Originally Posted by 44percent View Post
    Lets have a slew of cases. Lets have some convictions. Lets have some incarcerations.
    No? Why not? It is time to recognize that the slap on the wrist invites contempt.
    You want to incarcerate children, for being idiots.....a step too far maybe. Bullying should be tackled in school first, before involving the law. This is shatter spinning again.

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    More populist BS, Facebook "likes" are getting way more credit than they deserve...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iarmhi Gael View Post
    what an utter disgraceful post. pure vile
    That's cyber bullying, I'm calling the guards!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ribeye View Post
    Cyber bullying is a Trojan Horse,

    and the sheep will just open the gates and let it be rolled right in by scumbags like Shatter,

    You think Shatter gives a fck about the welfare of your kids,

    Wake up will ye,

    The politicians were delighted to hear about the tragic deaths of Erin and Ciara.
    There is obviously a growing problem with cyber bullying particularly effecting very young people who have access to the internet but lack the experience to deal with armchair thugs.

    The freedom of the internet is not a blank cheque if the owners of sites like the ones the young girl in Donegal used refuse or cant supervise them properly then the supervision must be taken out of their hands.

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