Maryville Rape Case Teen Attempts Suicide

Daisy Coleman was cyberbullied after accusing a high school senior of sexual assault

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Daisy Coleman was a cheerleader at Maryville High School in Maryville, Missouri. Matthew Barnett was on the football team.

Correction appended, Jan. 9 2014

The teenage girl at the center of the Missouri rape case that dominated headlines last year has been hospitalized after a Sunday night suicide attempt.

Daisy Coleman, who was 14 when she accused a prominent high school football player of rape in Maryville in January 2012, attempted to take her own life Sunday night after her mother let her go to a party over the weekend. The teenager stayed at the party for just an hour, but her mother told Fox4 she was attacked on social media immediately afterwards.

Dr. Melinda Coleman told The Daily Mail her daughter checked Facebook after the party, and saw that some girls who had been her friends “decided to write something saying “you’re a fake and a phoney,” “you wanted it” and “you’re a slut” because she went to the party.”

“She has been through so much and she has done so little,” Dr. Coleman told the Mail. “All the other kids are out partying and doing all this stuff and she isn’t, she’s at home with me all the time. The second they see her at a party for five minutes drinking a Redbull it’s all over Facebook and they’re tearing her to smithereens.”

Coleman attempted to kill herself with a drug overdose, but her mother forced her to vomit and then rushed her to the hospital. She is in a stable condition, but may have sustained brain damage in the suicide attempt.

[Fox 4]

[The Daily Mail]

Correction: The original version of this story misstated the state where Maryville is.

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