An intimate look at the life of bullied schoolgirl Leanne Wolfe who took her own life in 2007. Leanne tells her story through a series of diaries that she kept from the age of 12 in which she details the abuse she suffered at the hands of her peers.
On March 23 2007, Leanne Wolfe, an 18-year old Cork schoolgirl took her own life in her family home. On the morning of her funeral, her older sister Triona discovered Leanne's diaries. Leanne had kept a diary since the age of twelve. As Triona read her sister's diaries, to her horror, she discovered that her sister had written about being bullied by a group of six girls for the last five years.
Leanne had received black eyes; her hair had been pulled out, she had been threatened and given numerous beatings. They had called her names and vicious rumours had been spread about her. Her parents believe that the bullying played a major part in her death.
This programme will feature readings from Leanne's diaries and an interview with her parents, Collette and Anthony Wolfe.
Compiled by Ciaran Cassidy.
Production supervision by Peter Woods
RTE Radio 1 has sent a CD copy of the award winning Documentary on One production, The Diary of Leanne Wolfe, to every post primary school in the state. A transcript of the documentary is available.
If you have been affected by any issues contained in "The Diary of Leanne Wolfe", please contact the following:
1. Anti Bullying Centre - Trinity College Dublin: 01-8966 2573/ 896 3488 or www.abc.tcd.ie
2. Samaritans - 1850 60 90 90 (ROI) or 08457 909090(N IRL) or www.samaritans.org
3. Headstrong - 01-660 7343 or www.headstrong.ie
4. Childline - 1800 66 66 66 or www.childline.ie
5. Teen-Line Ireland - 1800 83 36 34 or www.teenline.ie.
First broadcast Sunday 6th July 2008
An Irish radio documentary from RTÉ Radio 1, Ireland - Documentary on One - the home of Irish radio documentaries