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Slug/Label Remembering Rehtaeh
Date Aired or Published Fri. April 12, 2013
Media outlet where first aired or published: News95.7
Name of Program: News957 The Morning News
If co-produced, list partner: no
Location: Halifax, NS
List awards, grants:
Running time (TV/Radio): 10:32

Short explanation of the story and how it developed:

This submission is from our 7am newscast on Friday April 12th, 2013. The story that had dominated the news in Halifax and across Canada for the week was the tragic suicide of Cole Harbour, NS teen Rehtaeh Parsons. On April 7, 2013, Rehtaeh Parsons' family took her off life support 3 days after she hanged herself in the bathroom of her mother's home. She had claimed she went to party 17-months before with a friend where she alleges she was sexually assaulted by four boys while drunk. Her family says she had been bullied for months after a photo of the reported rape circulated among her peers. On the Morning of Friday April 12th emotions were running high in Halifax;candlelight vigils had taken place, a task force had been established, even the Prime minister weighed in. Everyone was looking for justice and demanding answers as to why a 17-year old took her life after she’d been raped and then bullied for months. This was the backdrop to our morning newscast on Friday April 12th.

Resources of the newsroom (money and time) available to complete the story:

Our morning news staff included; Co-Anchors Dan Ahlstrand and Erica Munn, News Reporters Stephanie Robertson and Amanda Debison, News Editor Connie Thiessen, Traffic reporter Sean Smith, Meteoroligist Richard Zurawski and Sports Anchor Scott MacIntosh.

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