Schoolgirls goaded each other to commit suicide

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9 August 2006, AMSTERDAM —Twelve teenage girls goaded each other via internet chat rooms and MSN instant messenger to commit suicide early this year.

9 August 2006

AMSTERDAM —Twelve teenage girls goaded each other via internet chat rooms and MSN instant messenger to commit suicide early this year.

The spark for the message exchange was the suicide of a fellow student. The girls, aged 12 to 14, are students of the Stedelijk Lyceum in the eastern Dutch city of Enschede.

The school found out what was going on and called the police in. A crisis team, made up of representatives of the school, the police, the local council and the health board, held discussions with the girls. One of teens had to be admitted to a clinic.

Provincial health board GGD Twente said on Wednesday that it considered the suicide goading to be a "Twente problem". A spokesperson said it was not clear if teenagers elsewhere in the country encouraged each other via the internet to kill themselves.

The academic centres for youth psychiatry in Groningen and Leiden said they could not say if there have been other such cases in the Netherlands. A spokesperson for the Groningen centre said he was "shocked" by the incident in Enschede and he expressed the hope it would not become a trend.

At least one girl is known to be Karakter psychiatric centre in Almelo who took part in the hype.

A health board official said none of the 12 girls appears to have actually made an attempt to commit suicide.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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