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ITALY---Like many girls her age, Italian teenager
Carolina Picchio shared her pictures, thoughts and
emotions on Facebook.
But after a video of the 14-year-old allegedly
showed up on Facebook in which she appeared to
be drunk and disoriented at a party, social media
became a source of torment.
An ex-boyfriend and his friends posted a steady
barrage of abusive, offensive messages aimed at Car-
olina. And what started out online spilled into her
daily life at school, and among her friends in the
prosperous northern Italian town of Novara.
Unbeknown to her family, it all became too much
for her to handle.
In the early hours of January 5, she jumped out
of her bedroom window, landing headfirst on the
Carolina s sister, Talita, and some of the teenager s
friends say they reported the abusive messages from
her ex-boyfriend to Facebook in the hope they would
be removed. But, they say, nothing happened.
Now the Novara prosecutor, Francesco Saluzzo, is
looking into the possibility of filing a criminal com-
plaint against Facebook for failing to remove offensive
content that may have led to Carolina s suicide.
Besides the abusive messages on Facebook, on the
day leading up to her death, Carolina had received
2,600 vulgar messages via the messaging service
WhatsApp, the prosecutor s documents show.
Carolina left a final letter addressed to her tor-
menters, which her mother, Cristina Zocca, shared
"Are you happy now?" the teenager asked. "Have
you hurt me enough? Have you had enough revenge?"
Asked for the company s response, a spokesman
for Facebook said, "We are deeply saddened by the
tragic death of Carolina Picchio and our hearts go
out to her family and friends. (CNN)
NORWAY---Reports that Anders Behring Breivik,
the man who killed 77 people in a bomb attack
and gun rampage in 2011, has applied to study
political science at the University of Oslo have
prompted anger in Norway.
The claim was first made by Norwegian broad-
caster TV2 and was subsequently picked up by other
Ole Petter Ottersen, rector of the University of
Oslo, told CNN the university does not provide
information about individual applications or students
for confidentiality reasons, so he was unable to con-
firm or deny the claim.
But if Breivik was to apply, he said, the university
has a clear set of guidelines governing the decision
on admittance and that policy would apply.
Breivik was sentenced to the maximum possible
term of 21 years in prison last August for the hor-
rifying attack, which targeted a government building
in Oslo and a Labour Party summer youth camp
on Utoya island.
He is serving his sentence in a high security wing
of Ila Prison, where he has space for physical exercise
as well as study and reading.
But the suggestion that he might also be able to
follow a course at the prestigious university from
his cell has angered some Norwegians.
Per Anders Langerod, a survivor of the Utoya
shooting who finished his Political Science degree
last year, told TV2 he would not have wanted Breivik
in his class.
"It would have been very uncomfortable. I also
understand others who think it would have been
very uncomfortable. I mean that we can t expect
people to just accept it," he told the broad-
In the wake of the reports, Norway s
Education Minister Kristin Halvorsen said
yesterday that the ministry was reviewing
its rules on allowing inmates to study---
although that did not mean they would
Her statement appeared to confirm that
Breivik had applied to the university, and
that his application had been turned down.
"As far as the Ministry of Education
knows he has not been accepted to any
studies and he has been rejected in the
normal admission process to the University
of Oslo," Halvorsen said of Breivik.
A year ago, attorney Tord Jordet told
the Norwegian press that Breivik wanted
to study political science and write books.
Anger over claim Breivik
has applied to university
Facebook may face
bullied teen's suicide
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