Two Males Arrested in Rehtaeh Parsons Case
Two men were arrested Thursday morning at 8 a.m. in Halifax for their involvement in the case of the Rehtaeh Parsons case.
After the 17-year-old teenager died as a result of a suicide attempt in April, her story made international headlines. Her parents claim that she tried to kill herself after being bullied by classmates following an alleged gang-rape in 2011. After a photo of the assault started circulating online, she received online threats from classmates and continued to be ostracized even after changing schools.
The two males who were arrested, questioned, and are now in custody have not yet been identified. The police hasn't divulged the nature of the arrests, but there is speculation that they were involved in the alleged sexual assault.
Rehtaeh's mother is relieved but knows that her daughter could have still been alive if her case had been investigated properly by the police and RCMP: "I feel that the investigation wasn't handled properly from the beginning and I've never seen the file, so I don't really know why or how that happened. I'm just glad that it was reopened and I'm really happy that they have two people to question."
Although the timing is coincidental, the CBC reports that the arrests come only one day after new cyberbullying legislation comes in place in Nova Scotia. Activists and politicians lobbied for the bill following Rehtaeh's tragic death.
It's just a shame that justice will be served only once injustice already took her life away.