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Internet troll jailed for posting vile messages about murdered teacher

A Facebook troll who posted that a 15-year-old boy accused of murdering school teacher Ann Maguire should have “p****d on her too” has been jailed for six weeks.

Jake Newsome, 21, made the vile online comments three days after Mrs Maguire was stabbed at Corpus Christi college in Leeds on April 28.

He admitted the charges to the police, explaining he empathized with the 15 year-old charged with her murder because he identified with him.

Prosecutor Sandra White told Leeds Magistrates Court today: “This message was posted to the Facebook social network on May 1 from Mr Newsome’s phone.

“He wrote ‘Personally, I’m glad that teacher got stabbed up.

“‘Feel sorry for the kid, he should’ve p****d on her too.’

Ironically, his very next post was about as close to the truth as he could possibly get:


Ann Glen, defending Newsome, said her client had no previous convictions and he had understood he would “reap the consequences, realizing that he had offended members of the public”.

Newsome, wearing a dark hoodie and blue jeans, looked shocked at the decision. Wish I was there to see that.

Mrs Maguire, 61, died after she was attacked as she taught a Spanish lesson. The 15-year-old boy has appeared in court accused of murdering Mrs Maguire. He is remanded in custody and is due to go on trial later this year.

Facebook found the post did not violate their community standards, obviously.


2016-10-21T21:43:17+00:00June 11th, 2014|Categories: Cyberbullying|Tags: , |3 Comments


  1. Ron June 15, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Hi Glenn,

    I’ve followed Rehtaeh story since she passed. I read your comments about trying to help her and asking her what you could do. I believe there may be a link to your daughters passing and psychoactive drugs. If she were on drugs for anxiety or depression because of the bullying then I don’t think there is anything you could possibly do as a parent to diminish the harmful effects of those drugs.

    Here are list of people who have committed suicide or killed other people while on these drugs. I’m not comparing your daughter to the killers but more to the people who have committed suicide. Dr.s should not be prescribing these drugs to anyone let alone children who have not matured their coping skills.


    I wish you luck with Rehtaeh’s cause.

    R. Carr

    • Glen Canning June 20, 2014 at 3:17 pm

      Thanks for the information Ron. I will investigate this further.

  2. Chris C. June 12, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    I’d like you to comment on Bill C-13, which is is using the pretext of cyberbullying to RAPE MILLIONS OF ORDINARY CITIZENS in this country on a scale unseen even in Stasi controlled East Germany.

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