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MPs in Italy have called for action
against cyberbullying after a girl of
14, subjected to online abuse, killed
herself in a north-eastern town.
Calling herself Amnesia, she had
gone on the social network Ask.fm
seeking sympathy after breaking up
with a boyfriend, Italian media report.
"Kill yourself", "Nobody wants
you" and "You are not normal" were
some of the anonymous replies she
She jumped to her death from a
high-rise building on Sunday.
It is still unclear which factors
chiefly drove her to take her life.
Prosecutors in Padua have opened
an investigation into the circum-
stances surrounding her death.
For some time she had been post-
ing messages that suggested she
might be suicidal. She appeared to
have stopped posting about a week
before she died.
The girl, whose real name was
given as Nadia by Italian daily Il Mat-
tino di Padova, left messages for her
family in the town of Fontaniva, near
Padua, but they were unable to reach
her in time.
Micaela Campana, an MP for the
Democratic Party in the country s
coalition government, said: "We can
no longer read about young people
who take their lives because of threats
and psychological pressure."
There have been calls in Italy to
shut down Ask.fm, which was
sharply criticised for its policy of
allowing users to post comment
anonymously after previous bully-
ing-related deaths in the UK and US.
Ask.fm spokesperson Liva Bise-
niece told the BBC News website:
"We intend to co-operate fully with
the Italian authorities regarding this
"We note that suicide cases of
young people are always a very com-
plex overlap of social, economic and
emotional aspects. We urge the media
to provide space and time to establish
what prompted this terrible event."
In recent months, Nadia replied
1,148 times to questions online, Il
Mattino di Padova reports.
It found a stream of insults and
obscenities directed at the girl.
"Where do I see myself living five
years from now?" she wrote in one
entry. "Me living five years from
At one point, Nadia posted photos
of cuts she said she had made to her
arms. It appears she planned her
death carefully, leaving five letters to
family and friends.
On news of Nadia s death, her
mother was treated in hospital for
shock, Il Mattino di Padova reports.
"My daughter was only 14 years
old and hadn t done anything," the
girl s father was quoted as saying.
Sinkholes are swallowing Corvettes now. Last
year it was houses in Florida, and yesterday nature
gobbled up some of the coolest and fastest cars to
come off the assembly line.
The news that eight valuable vettes at Bowling
Green, Kentucky s National Corvette Museum fell vic-
tim to a 40-foot-wide, 20-feet-deep sinkhole has
triggered a collective gasp from the worldwide Corvette
"I was shocked," said Frazer Bharucha, 47, a Corvette
owner since age 17. "We re talking about iconic cars
that have been around for years."
The painful losses have been tallied: Of the eight
cars that fell, six were donated to the museum by
Corvette enthusiasts, and two are owned by the car s
maker, General Motors. Among them were a 1962
Black Corvette, a 1984 PPG Pace Car, and a 1993 ZR-
Cyberbullying suicide shocks Italy
1 Spyder. The total value of the damaged cars is "sub-
stantial," said museum executive director Wendell
Bharucha, of the Long Island Corvette Owners
Association, knows the museum well, having visited
it at least six times.
"There s a sense of awe
and you get a lump in
your throat when you
He s right. It s hallowed
ground. Under its recog-
nisable red spire and tow-
ering vaulted 100-foot
high ceiling sits a round
chamber that cradles rare
vehicles that are truly his-
toric, including several
Indianapolis 500 pace
cars. The room feels like
a cathedral. And for many
enthusiasts, it is kind of
the Church of the
Corvette. It is home to
more than 30 unique
Corvettes, including sev-
eral prototypes and a
unique 1983 model which
is the only one in exis-
Among them are
Corvettes on loan from
private owners and those
"made famous by mag-
azines and auto shows the
world over," according to
the museum s Web site.
Now, based on the
Twitter photos, this holy
place has been desecrated
from below by a demonic,
The sinkhole couldn t
have come at a worse
time, as the museum
builds a 184-acre raceway
and Motorsports Park set
to open in August. Some
5,000 people are already
pre-registered to attend
the park s grand opening.
Eight Corvettes fell into a sinkhole that opened up beneath a section of the
National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, yesterday. The sinkhole
was about 40 feet wide and 25-30 feet deep.
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