Teen spent 3 months in hospital after bullies tell her "you're going to kill yourself' in sickening video
Amber Panozza ended up spending three months in hospital with anxiety-induced malnutrition after she went through years of cyber-bullying which caused her to stop eating completely
A 15-year-old girl in Australia was told by teenage bullies that "you are going to kill yourself" in a repulsive Snapchat video. Amber Panozza ended up spending three months in hospital with anxiety-induced malnutrition after she went through years of cyber-bullying which, her concerned parents say, caused her to stop eating completely. According to parents Michelle and Aaron Panozza, the "final straw" came in the form of a video that was filmed by two of Amber's classmates.
In several Snapchat clips, the girls are heard yelling and swearing at the camera. Mirror Online reported that one of the teen girls, who cannot be identified, can be heard saying: "If I f***ing see you, Amber, you are gonna probably drown. You know what, you are going to kill yourself because everybody hates you."
The other teen girl, who cannot be identified as well, adds: "Everyone f***ing hates you and everyone wants to kill you because you are a f***ing little sl**." The Panozzas, who live in Australia, said that the violent bullying started when the family moved from Melbourne to Queensland four years ago.
The concerned parents spoke to 9 News and said that they moved Amber to three different schools but the bullying just got worse each time. The parents also claim that by the time their daughter got to her third school, she was being attacked physically as well as being bullied online and in class. “There had been boys saying some quite vile things to her,” Michelle told A Current Affair. “One day they just decided they’d come up and slap her legs as hard as they could, and you can see from photos there’s welt and hand marks.”
The parents have since gone to the authorities to complain about their daughter's plight but Amber was too shattered to make a formal statement. Amber refused to go to school out of fear, and her mother said they pulled her out at the end of term three last year. Her father said: "I can't believe it - in the video, it's clear that her intention was to push our daughter over the edge."
A family friend posted the vile video on Facebook where it gained more than 70,000 views before it was finally removed by the social media site. The Panozza's said that they want as many people as possible to see the video. A spokesperson for The Department of Education said that any situation which could potentially threaten a student's safety is taken very seriously. The spokesperson told 10 daily: "Cyberbullying is not a problem for schools to solve in isolation, it is an issue for the whole community."