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1 July 2011

Has the Daily Mail gone too far?

Headline links teenager's tragic death to teachers' strike.

By Samira Shackle

Daily Mail headline links teenager's death to teachers' strike.

Once again, the Daily Mail has drawn the ire of Twitter users after a particularly tasteless headline on its website equated the tragic death of teenager Sophie Howard with yesterday’s teachers’ strike. The teenager was hit by a falling branch, but, the Mail reminds us, was “out with friends on the day her school was closed because of nationwide industrial action.”

As one commenter puts it:

This article is absolutely deplorable. Who honestly thought that it was in the least bit acceptable to take the death of a 13 year old girl and turn it into some kind of political point scoring exercise? Absolutely disgusting Daily Mail. I cannot believe you would print something so unashamedly distasteful.

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