October 9, 2015

Charne Roberts - a teen victim of bullying in South Africa

Charne Roberts, age 17, died on September 14, 2015, at her home in Tambo Village, South Africa.
Charne Roberts

Tambo Village is a suburb of Cape Town.

Tragically, Charne hung herself in the bathroom of her home. She was found by her mother. 

She had been bullied by a group of girls at Silverstream High School in Cape Town.  The girls said that Charne was sleeping around and was a slut. The girls beat Charne up on at least one occasion. 

The ambulance that arrived came with no medical equipment inside of it due to robberies and a second ambulance was called. The paramedics with the second ambulance declared Charne deceased. 

It has been stated that Charne's mother, Magdalene Roberts went to the school and complained about the bullying behaviour but that nothing was done. 

Magdalene also wants to know why the Department of Health sends out ambulances that carry no medical equipment. 

To any teens who are reading this:
~ Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.
~ Do not contribute to another's downfall. Tomorrow or five years from now, it could
Saint Bernadette of Lourdes, who
said "I am ground like a grain of
wheat", pray for Charne and for
all who are ground down by
be you who is being humiliated and scorned.

~There is never anything cool about human suffering.

If you live in South Africa and are considering ending your life, call The South African Depression and Anxiety Group's "Suicide Toll Free Line" at 0800 567567 or (011) 783-1474.

If you live in America and are considering ending your life or if you just need someone to talk to, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, day or night. A skilled counselor will be able to help you.

Charne's loved ones are devastated over her tragic and unnecessary death. She was just a kid. She will be forever mourned. 

Charne is survived by many loving friends and family members including her mother, Magdalene. 
Speak up against bullying wherever you find it. 

Pray for all who die young. They barely had a chance to live.

God save us from those who torment us. They are killing us, Father.

Pray that Charne is in heaven. Pray that she is at peace and is with God. Amen.

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