A bullied schoolgirl who was driven to suicide by trolls wrote a heart-breaking poem about how her tormenters ‘chiselled away’ at her. Izzy Dix, 14, told how she was ‘drowning in a sea of emotions’ as she struggled to deal with vile taunts from other pupils and cruel online jibes – some on controversial website Ask.fm. Ask.fm has already been linked to the suicides of nine young people in less than a year, with Izzy’s name tragically bringing that number to ten. Her mum Gabbi has made her daughter’s poem public to show the anguish and pain bullying can cause. She said: “I know this may be uncomfortable for people to read but this is what was going on in my daughter’s life before she died. In her own words, this is how she was feeling. “I want young people to think about the potential impact of their behaviour before they act. “We all need to be motivated by love and kindness, not nastiness and hate.” The final straw for Izzy came when she was snubbed by youngsters at a music festival. She fled home in tears and wrote the harrowing poem called I Give Up. Izzy’s devastated mum said she spent hours trying to console her daughter after the festival and looking at ways to deal with the problem. Izzy was found dead by her mum at their home in Brixham, Devon, on September 17 – two months after the music festival. The youngster’s poem was read out at her funeral – as mourners, including her many friends, broke down and wept. Gabbi launched an online petition calling on the Government to ban Ask.fm. It has attracted more than 8000 signatures. She has also lodged a complaint with Izzy’s school, Brixham Community College, about their bullying policies. Police are not treating Izzy’s death as suspicious. An inquest will be held at a later date. By Keith Kendrick Oct 25, 2013
EXCERPTS FROM IZZY’S POEM
My palms, clammy,
My cheeks, streaming,
My neck, sweating.
I walk quickly away from the chanting & laughing,
My vision, spinning,
My heart, beginning to break.
I look down and walk,
My eyes drowning in a sea of emotion.
Another piece of me chiselled away by their cruel remarks and perceptions,
I give up.
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