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Parents Condemn Suicide Websites After Teen Daughter Threw Herself In Front Of Train

14/06/2012 11:45 | Updated 22 May 2015
Parents condemn suicide websites after teen daughter threw herself in front of trainPA Stock image
The parents of a 15 year-old girl who threw herself in front of a train have condemned internet suicide forums that "heavily influenced" their daughter. Gifted ballerina Rosie Whitaker visited websites that promoted suicide and self-harm before taking her own life, her family say. They believe she was "heavily influenced" by the pro-suicide online communities while suffering from the stresses of studying for her GCSEs and fitting in with her peers. Rosie was killed by a train on Monday night after apparently jumping from a platform at Beckenham Junction railway station in Kent. Her parents, who did not want to be named, said in a statement: "Rosie was a popular, beautiful girl who brought joy to everyone through her various talents, including dancing and performing at the Royal Opera House, diving, writing poetry and piano playing. "For most of her life, she was very happy and planned to follow a career in which she would help others. "She was a well-balanced and well-loved young lady who had everything to live for. "However, during a period of stress brought on by the pressures of conforming to her peer group and studying hard for GCSE exams, it appears she was, unfortunately, heavily influenced by websites and online communities promoting self-harm and suicide. "We hope her tragic death serves as a warning to other impressionable youngsters and their parents that such sites pose grave risks. "Rosie will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by all her family and friends." A British Transport Police spokesman said: "The incident is currently being treated as non-suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner."

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