The father of teen suicide victim Ciara Pugsley told TDs and senators of the impact of his tragic loss in the Dail last week as part of the call for anti- bullying laws.
Jonathan Pugsley was part of a delegation from the Anti-Bullying Coalition that gave a presentation in Leinster House to raise awareness of the issue last Wednesday, November 14.
He said he was in Leinster House to show that “bullying is real, that bullying does hurt”. Mr Pugsley spoke about the “grief it causes not only to the family, but to the community as a whole”, adding that we were “badly equipped as a community to deal with bullying problems”.
“Unfortunately, someone will be left with what we are left with now – photographs and memories, which is a very, very sad thing.”
He said it was important that “we come out of the denial stage and start to educate ourselves”. He was asked the Government to “walk the walk” after all the talk about bullying and cyber-bullying over the past eight weeks since Ciara’s suicide in Dromahair.
Mr Pugsley also spoke about the tragic loss of 13-year-old Erin Gallagher in Co Donegal, whose recent suicide has also been linked to cyber-bullying, saying that he felt sorry for all the people involved.