Arrests made in Nova Scotia assault, cyberbullying leading to suicide

COLE HARBOUR, Nova Scotia, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Two were arrested Thursday in the case of Rehteah Parsons, 17, a Nova Scotia girl who took her own life after a sexual assault and cyberbullying, police said.

Her mother, Leah Parsons, said Rehtaeh, of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, was sexually assaulted by four boys when she was 15, then mocked and insulted by school classmates and humiliated when a photograph of the incident was circulated at school and on social media.


She was taken off life support in April after attempting to take her own life, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported.

The arrests of the unidentified boys come a day after stricter legislation against cyberbullying was implemented in the province, although Halifax Royal Canadian Mounted Police spokesman Scott MacRae said the timing of the arrests was coincidental.

Leah Parsons said she personally knows the two arrested and that they are "at the heart" of the incident, after police informed her of their names.

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