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People of Cessnock is a blog by local resident, Rebecca Murray. The project seeks to value the people of her home town by sharing their stories value and raising the profile of people living outside metropolitan areas.

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“I’m in trouble with the law at the moment.

My daughter was getting bullied via Snapchat and all that. She’s had her real dad and her stepdad suicide and they were telling her, ‘Oh, you should be like your stepdad.’ And then they said they’d come over and ‘molotov’ the house.

She was harming herself.

I went to the police about some of her bullying and I got told there was nothing they could do about it because they’re young offenders. They said unless they get four complaints about them they won’t do anything and, even then, they send a youth worker, not the police.

I spoke to parents, I spoke to school teachers, nothing changed. So, in the end I just…

On Snapchat, I don’t know how it works, but you can tell exactly where someone is … and they were all in the same house … and I went ‘round there.

They wouldn’t talk to me cause they were pretty weak gutted. Anyway, I let things get a bit out of hand. I didn’t touch anyone but I kicked in a door and all that sort of thing.

It’s going through the courts at the moment. I’m on serious indictable charges and unless they can get them reduced then I’ll be facing jail.

I mean, I still don’t believe I did the wrong thing. I did what any dad would do. All I did was make sure my daughter doesn’t get bullied anymore.”

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