The mother of a Quebec teenager who committed suicide this week is calling on the government to help children who are victims of bullying.
15-year-old Marjorie Raymond took her own life on Monday after complaining she was repeatedly bullied at her high school in Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, Que.
Her mother, Chantal Larose, said other students began taunting her daughter after the family moved to the Gaspé region three years ago, but her daughter's cries for help fell on deaf ears.
Larose said her daughter recently started skipping class and complained she just couldn't take the bullying anymore.
"My daughter was never in peace in her class, and she wasn't in peace in the hallways of her school," said Larose.
Larose said after her daughter complained, some students were suspended for a few days, but her daughter continued to be tormented on Facebook and by text messages.
On Monday, Marjorie left a three page suicide note.
Change the system: mother
Larose said the government isn't doing enough to fund services for children, and she's hopong to raise awareness about bullying.
The Ontario government proposed tougher legislation Wednesday to crack down on bullying. In Quebec, Premier Jean Charest said he's open to looking into new ways to prevent it.
On Thursday, Parti Québécois MNA Sylvain Gaudreault pointed to social networking sites like Facebook, saying it should be the responsibility of those sites to take down the profiles of students who are repeatedly bullying others.
Quebec Minister of Education Line Beauchamp said the province was closely following the French government, which is attempting to put a social networking initiative in place.