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Hannah Smith: Funeral For Cyberbullying Teen
Hundreds of colourfully dressed mourners have gathered for the funeral of a teenage girl who died after suffering abuse at the hands of cyberbullies.
Hannah Smith, 14, was found hanged in her bedroom at the family home in Lutterworth, Leicestershire, by her sister two weeks ago.
Her father, David Smith, 45, banned people from wearing black to the service, so the more than 400 mourners wore bright clothing and onesies - which Hannah apparently loved - to St Mary's Church in Lutterworth.
Mr Smith, dressed in a blue T-shirt and jeans, was among those who carried a purple coffin with "I love you" on the side as In The Air Tonight by Phil Collins played.
Her sister, Jo, 16, walked behind the coffin, consoled by her stepmother, Deborah Smith.
During the service, there were readings by Nora Parker, headteacher of Lutterworth High School, and Hannah's cousin, Ben Hubbard.
Say It Right by Nelly Furtado, one of the teenager's favourite songs, was also played.
Hannah's coffin was carried out to One Step Beyond by Madness before the congregation gathered on the grass outside the church carrying purple and white balloons from inside.
The balloons were then released into the sky after a count of "1-2-3 - Goodbye" from Rev Charlie Styles.
Hannah's family said she had endured months of torment on question-and-answer website Ask.fm, although she reportedly sent herself many of the abusive messages.
The controversial website was due to publicise plans to deal with online bullying today but postponed the announcement as it coincided with the funeral.
Latvian-based Ask.fm has come under fire over Hannah's death and has promised to help the police investigation into the tragedy.
It has also engaged law firm Mishcon de Reya to carry out a full and independent audit of its site and safety features.
Ask.fm had planned to announce the action it will take based on the lawyers' recommendations today, but said on Thursday night it would delay this until Monday as a mark of respect to Hannah.
Specsavers, Vodafone, Laura Ashley, EDF Energy and charity Save the Children all pulled adverts from Ask.fm in the aftermath of the schoolgirl's death.
Mr Smith has called for an immediate change in the law to protect vulnerable youngsters and prevent further tragedies from happening.
Hannah's funeral comes as police in Fife investigate claims that Daniel Perry, 17, killed himself after being targeted by online blackmailers.
:: Anyone feeling emotionally distressed or suicidal can call Samaritans for help on 08457 90 90 90 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
:: BeatBullying.org is also available for advice and support.