10/28/2013 10:40 EDT | Updated 01/23/2014 06:58 EST

Savy Turcotte Dead: Grieving Saskatchewan Mom Urges Parents Snoop On Kids To Prevent Tragedies


REGINA - The family of Regina teenager who died last week suggests the 13-year-old girl took her own life and that bullying may have played a role in her death.

Officials have not said what claimed the life of Savy Turcotte, whose funeral was set for Monday.

But an obituary published last Thursday asked that instead of flowers, the family would appreciate people contributing to efforts to raise awareness of bullying.

Turcotte's mother, Kelly, released a statement on Saturday that says her daughter's diary revealed the teen had been visiting social media sites and that there were many disturbing and hurtful comments.

The grieving mom also says parents should constantly check to see who their children are communicating with online, and to snoop into their diaries and journals to determine their emotional state.

She says a child could be smiling on the outside and surrounded by friends, but on the inside they are depressed, nervous, scared, anxious and feeling completely alone.

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