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Teenager Bullied After Brother Dies of Leukaemia
7:01am 26th April 2013
A Cornish teenager who lost her brother to leukaemia has revealed how she was targeted by bullies as she grieved.
Jordan Crayton from Trekenner near Launceston died from the disease in 2010.
His sister Jasmine, who was 14 at the time, suffered abuse from pupils who thought she was getting special treatment.
Jasmine said: "I had special reasons why I had to go out of lessons, and different things, and they thought it was unfair so I got bullied for that.
"It's not nice to go through bullying anyway, but with me grieving, it was quite hard."
Jasmine has launched a campaign to get more support in Duchy schools for bereaved pupils.
Working with national organisation The Fixers, she has helped create a magazine for schools, to share experiences like hers with teachers.
Jasmine said it was in memory of her brother, who she described as 'her best friend':
"He was happy, outgoing, very brave, just a smily, thumbs up boy really. We want to help other children so they don't have to go through what we went through."
Pirate FM has learnt other bereaved Cornish schoolchildren are falling victim to cyberbullying after the deaths of loved ones.
Katie Ost is Young People Co-ordinator for The Fixers in the Westcountry.
She said some of the online abuse is shocking: "Comments like 'oh, I'm glad you're mum's dead' or 'it's you're fault your brother died'. If a young person puts up a status like 'RIP Nan' or 'missing you today, dad', that can be targeted in a really negative way."
Katie added: "Teachers that we've spoken to so far about the project say there is no resource to give any guidance to teachers on supporting young people and students at their school who have suffered a bereavement."
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