Hannah Bond hanged herself from her bunk bed with a tie after becoming an "Emo". One of their songs contains the lyrics: "Although you're dead and gone, believe me your memory will go on." Hannah, described as a model pupil, had started cutting her wrists but told her father it was part of an initiation into the Emo fashion.
Emo fans wear dark clothes, practise self-harm and listen to "suicide cult" rock bands. Two weeks before her death, she started following U. Coroner Roger Sykes said yesterday that Hannah's death was "not glamorous, just simply a tragic loss of a young life".
According to a 2012 Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) study that analysed the content of “Emo” teenage groups on Facebook they found there is indeed a connection between teen use of social media and the 'glamourisation' of suicidal behavior.
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Another picture shows a child's exercise book scrawled with the words: "Dear Diary, today I give up. ." The inquest in Maidstone, Kent, heard Hannah had been with her boyfriend at a friend's house on the evening of September 22 last year.
She had been angry when she was told she was not allowed to sleep over and when she got home in East Peckham she went straight to her room, saying: "I want to kill myself." The inquest was told Hannah had not used drugs or alcohol before her death but Vanessa Everett, her head teacher at Mascalls School, said self-harm had become commonplace among other Emo fans. It is a largely teenage trend and is characterised by depression, self-injury and suicide.
The Emo phenomenon (emo is an abbreviation for emotional) began in the U. in the 1980s and spread across the world, from the US to Europe, Russia, the Middle East and South Africa.
It is a largely teenage trend and the members are characterised by depression and self harming - self-harm includes attempted suicide and what's known as self harming or non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI), along with the glamourisation of suicide. Brown describes the typical Emo teen as middle-class, white and female.
Suicide is the cause for almost one in 10 teenage deaths in South Africa and there is growing evidence that social media sites are in part to blame for this ever increasing figure.
One group of teen 'outsiders', known as Emos, and who primarily use the Internet to connect with like-minded others, seems to be particularly at risk of suicide and suicidal behaviour such as self harming.
This chart uses special alghorithm which determines the number of daily active users (DAU), message quality and quantity, many other things are taken into consideration too.
A girl of 13 killed herself after becoming obsessed with a fashion which links death with glamour, an inquest heard.
A total of 34% of black youths have considered suicide as an option in response to stressful life situations, such as divorce of their parents, conflict and love/relationship problems. In a study on suicide and subcultures published in the 2011, now no longer available) in which she puts the blame at the feet of factors such as videos, chat rooms and songs about self-harm.