A powerful video which warns teenagers about the dangers of bullying has been produced by a father whose daughter took her own life
after being bullied online.
David Smith, of Lutterworth, made the short video in the the hope it might deter young people from bullying each other.
Hannah was found hanged in her home in August after being bullied on the social media website Ask.fm.
In the emotive footage, Mr Smith describes the torment it has brought. Holding up a photo of his daughter, Mr Smith says: “ his is Hannah.
“Hannah’s got a smile on her face, she always had a smile on her face when she was having her picture taken. But Hannah was also bullied.
“She was bullied at school, she was bullied on the phone and she was bullied on the internet.
“Hannah decided to take her own life because she could no longer live with the way people were treating her.
“This is our house. It used to be a home, but Hannah took her own life in it. We can no longer live here.
“[Sister] Joanne found Hannah and tried to get her down, but she couldn’t.
“Joanne is going to have to live with that memory and that sight for the rest of her life.
“We are going to have to move.
“We live downstairs now. We can’t sleep upstairs because that is where Hannah hung herself.
“I would ask that people stop bullying each other.
“It destroys a whole family. It doesn’t just destroy one life, it destroys a whole family and that family finds it very hard to move on.
“There is also a lot of heartache and what happened to Hannah will last with me for the rest of my life.”
The Harborough Against Bullying charity has been supporting the Smiths and continues to raise awareness of Hannah and online bullying.
It is also selling Hannah memorial wristbands which will raise funds for its fight to stamp out bullying.
Hannah’s grandma Pauline Smith told the Mail the group has been a source of strength.
She said: “They have been a great help to my son after Hannah killed herself.
“Harborough Against Bullying and my son need all the help they can get to prevent other people dying.”
For more details about the fundraising efforts, visit the website www.harboroughagainstbullying-midlands.org.uk or search for ‘Hannah Smiths Safe Haven’ on Facebook.