Social networking websites are under suspicion after a series of teenage suicides in South Wales. Seven young people have killed themselves in the Bridgend area in the last year, the latest 17-year- old Natasha Randall who was found hanged at her home.
It is thought they had met on the web, and that websites may have romanticized the idea of suicide. Superintendent Tim Jones says the Internet will be part of the inquiry.
“It would be part of a further investigation that we remove that computer to try and get some idea of the circumstances which perhaps led up to Natasha’s death.”
A day after Natasha died, a 15-year-old local girl may also have attempted suicide. It is not clear if she knew the other victims.
The step-father of victim Thomas Davies said the young people seemed to have problems.
“They knew each other from socializing, drinking in pubs and clubs, in Bridgend town. There is no quick fix. But there is definitely a problem there between this generation, this age group.”
There’s rising concern about memorial websites, where messages and pictures are left for dead friends. Young people are being urged to seek help rather than indulge a romantic view of death.