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August 10, 2008



Teenager Sam Leeson hanged himself over 'Emo' taunts


This is a sad article we came across. He was bullied on the social networking site Bebo for being 'emo' and eventually he hanged himself from the taunts. Some people just don't understand and should leave other alone.

You can read the article in full here.


Sam Leeson was targeted because he was a fan of 'Emo' music, which is popular with many children who feel left out of the mainstream.

The term originally meant 'emotional hardcore' and was an offshoot of punk music before it evolved into something more popular.

In common with many 'emos', Sam wore alternative black or dark clothing and had long hair, which attracted the bullies.

The boy, who had four sisters and two brothers, was found hanged in his bedroom by his mother and 12-year-old sister, after months of abuse which was only uncovered after his death.

His father Christopher, 39, of Hardwicke, in Gloucestershire, yesterday pleaded for other victims of bullies to not give in.

Mr Leeson, who is a builder, said: "Please talk to someone. Change your email address and change your mobile.

"Even change your school but don't destroy the lives of your mother, father, brothers or sisters.

"Mostly think of the people who will be putting flowers and cards on the gates of your school and trying to make sense of a pointless waste of a life.

"Bullies are cowards and you can beat them. Do it for Sam's sake."

He added: "I never knew things were so bad for Sam. I feel so sad he didn't speak to me."

Sam, who was a pupil at Severn Vale School in Gloucester, was found hanged in his bedroom on June 5.

Sam's laptop computer is now being examined by Gloucestershire Police and an investigation into his death has begun.

No one from Bebo was available for comment.



Posted by emomixtape at August 10, 2008 10:09 AM
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