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Rehtaeh Parsons case: Two men arrested over death

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    8 August 2013 Last updated at 11:17 ET

    Rehtaeh Parsons case: Two men arrested over death

    _69184609_69182633.jpg Rehtaeh Parson's death has prompted a national discussion about cyber-bullying
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    Two men have been arrested in the Canadian city of Halifax in connection with the death of a teenage girl who killed herself after she was allegedly cyber-bullied, police said.
    The men, who have not been named, were taken into custody for questioning about 08:00 local time (12:00 GMT).
    Rehtaeh Parsons, 17, died in April days after attempting suicide.
    In 2011, she was allegedly raped by four boys. A photo taken of the incident circulated on social media.
    Rehtaeh's parents said she was bullied so severely she had to change schools and move out of the Halifax area.
    She received treatment in hospital for six weeks for depression and anger.
    Police earlier this year said they did not have grounds to arrest the four boys accused of the attack. The investigation was later reopened after police said they received new information.
    A spokesman for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said he could not confirm whether either of the men held on Thursday were seen in the pictures of the alleged assault.
    'Relief'
    The arrests came the day after the province of Nova Scotia implemented a new law permitting victims of cyber-bullying to sue bullies or their parents, if the suspects are minors.
    Leah Paterson, Rehtaeh's mother, said police informed her of the arrests about 08:10 local time on Thursday morning.
    "I felt a little bit of relief," Ms Paterson told CBC News.
    "Just to say, finally - like I hope - they keep saying they want to tell their side of the story, but they have never given a statement.
    "The police have never spoken to them in all this time. So at least, here is your chance. Tell your side of the story."
    The case prompted a national conversation about cyber-bullying.
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  2. Random guy Member

    About bloody time!
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    HuffPo

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