DPP directs no prosecution over cyberbullying death
The Director of Public Prosecution has directed no charges will be brought in the case of a teenager who died following alleged cyberbullying, an inquest has heard.
The mother of Darren Hughes Gibson (17), who was found dead in 2012, said following the DPP’s decision that laws need to change to protect children from online predators.
Following consideration of a substantial file containing 5,500 pages of online messages, the DPP has directed that no charges will be brought, Dublin Coroner’s Court heard on Thursday.
Elaine Hughes said she believes her son was bullied online due to the colour of his skin. “The laws need to change, there are too many children out there who feel they have no other option,” Ms Hughes said.
Her son Darren was found dead at the Stephenstown Industrial Estate in Balbriggan, Co Dublin on August 23rd, 2012. He had been reported missing by his mother after he failed to return to the family’s former home at New Haven Bay in Balbriggan the previous night.
Coroner Dr Myra Cullinane set a date for a full hearing into the teen’s death, but Ms Hughes said she wants a review of the DPP’s decision.
Speaking after the inquest, she said she felt her son’s case was not being taken seriously enough.