An Adelaide teenager has tragically taken her own life after allegedly being bullied at school and abused online.
Libby Bell’s devastated family paid tribute to the 13-year-old who was a surf lifesaving champion for Moana Surf Life Saving Club.
“She had a million-dollar smile, her face lit up the room, she just had a beautiful smile — that was our Libster,” Libby’s uncle Clint Gow-Smith, 39, told Adelaide Now.
Mr Gow-Smith also urged parents to talk to their kids about their problems:
“We understand schoolyard behaviour and what starts off as pointless teasing and ridicule which can soon escalate. So please, as a parent, hold your babies tight and for the teenagers, we plead for you kids to talk and walk tall.”
Staff at Moana Surf Life Saving also paid tribute to the 13-year-old and said they're grieving the "sudden and devastating loss of Libby".
Her family say she was a victim of an incident at a fast food restaurant last year where she was filmed being bullied. Libby was a Year 8 student at Seaford Secondary School in Adelaide.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family financially through this devastating time. At time of publishing, people have donated close to $20,000.
Our deepest condolences to Libby's family and friends.