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Her family were devastated to discover that Carina, a student who was about to start her A-levels, had been leading a double life. Going online it was just like getting to know a completely different child," said her mother, Liz Taylor.She tracked down the girls that her daughter had made a pact with but does not feel any anger towards them.Major brand name advertisers such as Pepsi Co Inc., Georgia-Pacific Corp., State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co., Countrywide Mortgage and T-Mobile withdrew ads placed on Yahoo!web pages that may have come under association with the offensive chat rooms.Articles presented on Wikinews reflect the specific time at which they were written and published, and do not attempt to encompass events or knowledge which occur or become known after their publication.Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. == "undefined") else if (typeof document.webkit Hidden !Additional reporting by Claire O'Boyle A SCHOOLGIRL'S DEATH WISH 'Online, she was a completely different child' Carina Stephenson was an apparently happy, normal teenager.
Under the Suicide Act 1961, assisting a suicide carries a prison sentence of up to 14 years. The Government has ruled out changing the law and seems content to leave regulation to the industry.
A spokesman for the Internet Services Providers' Association said: "It needs to be unlawful content for the industry to take action." But he added: "Suicide is something that needs to be tackled very sensitively and is something the industry is concerned about." Some internet providers, such as AOL, Google and Microsoft, now prioritise suicide charities in web searches for certain words and phrases and have chat room moderators.
Grieving parents want websites and chat rooms that promote suicide to be banned.
Their campaign is being led by Papyrus, a charity led by concerned and bereaved parents for the prevention of young suicide.
was compelled to act by shutting down all chat rooms created by users and stopped the ability to create new user chat rooms.