Met Police return misplaced cell phone to schoolgirl’s household three years after she took her life | EUROtoday

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The Metropolitan Police have promised to return a misplaced sim card and cell phone to the household of a schoolgirl who killed herself after she was bullied.

Mia Janin, a 14-year-old Year 10 pupil at Jewish Free School (JFS) in Kenton, north-west London, was discovered useless at her household house in Barnet on 12 March 2021.

An inquest heard that Mia had been bullied by different JFS college students, along with her father Mariano claiming that the college had “organised an assembly” and “asked kids to delete the messages”.

After the investigation into her loss of life, her household requested the return of her sim and a second handset, however have been knowledgeable that officers have been “unable to locate them within the property store”.

At the time, the Met Police apologised to the household for the extra stress brought about, whereas Mayor of London Sadiq Khan referred to as the loss “totally unacceptable”.

She killed herself after struggling on-line bullying at her college in north London


The drive have now mentioned the gadgets have since been recovered and officers had spoken with household representatives this week about sending them again.

Her father is now campaigning for social media firms to take additional accountability, and for an elevated consciousness of the risks of the web amongst youthful folks.

Barnet Coroner’s Court heard that one in every of Mia’s TikTok posts had been shared to a Snapchat group run by pupils, a few of whom made enjoyable of her.

Mr Janin instructed the BBC’s Sunday With Laura Kuenssberg programme that the Government’s calls to ban kids from having telephones in faculties is “not the way”, including that “we need to learn to live with this technology”.

He mentioned: “I didn’t know about this online world. They say that she was bullied, we found a screenshot saying that she was prepared to be badly bullied, naming the kids that were bullying her.”

The BBC reported thatJ FS has mentioned all of the related data that they had was handed to the police and the coroner’s report was not a mirrored image of how issues are on the college immediately.

Mariano Janin, father of Mia Janin, has praised the Online Safety Bill (James Manning/PA)

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He added: “My common sense says that if you have a police investigation and you have this potential group, you should notify to the police – maybe this group of kids, they have information on their phone, but that’s what they did.”

Discussing the Government’s plan to ban kids from utilizing telephones in faculties, Mr Janin mentioned: “(They) will have a phone anyway, it’s like this, they will hide the phone, and it’s not the way – they need to learn to use their phones in a responsible way.”

Social media platforms must have “some kind of responsibility as well”, he mentioned.

Mr Janin praised the Online Safety Bill handed in October final 12 months, which goals to guard folks from dangerous content material on-line.

He instructed Kuenssberg: “I think it is an amazing thing that we will have something, of course, because technology, it is changing. If you have a young kid you need to understand where are they because that’s the thing I discovered after – there’s some places on the internet that the kids can get access in a way that we would never try to do, dark places.”

Mia was final seen alive at about 10pm on March 11 2021, when she mentioned goodnight to her dad and mom at their household house, the inquest into her loss of life heard.

Other pupils had made enjoyable of her on Snapchat and TikTok previous to her loss of life


They discovered her the subsequent day, and two undated letters in Mia’s handwriting have been discovered on her mattress addressed to “her loving family and friends”.

Kuenssberg mentioned: “(Mia’s) school, the Jewish Free School in London, said all the information they had was handed to the police and said the coroner’s report wasn’t a reflection of how things are at the school today.”

Detective Superintendent Adam Rowland, from the Met’s north-west policing group, mentioned: “The impact of Mia’s death is acutely felt by all who knew her, particularly her family and close friends.

“Their loss is unimaginable and our thoughts remain with them.

“After Mia died in March 2021, we looked carefully at the circumstances leading to her death in order to provide a full and thorough account to the coroner.

“This included speaking to her family, friends and pupils and staff at her school, as well as in-depth analysis of her phone and use of social media.

“All of the evidence gathered during this investigation was passed to the coroner to consider as part of the inquest.”

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