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Rehtaeh Parsons Update: Nova Scotia officials reviewing alleged rape case, report says

Leah Parsons says her daughter Rehtaeh Parsons, pictured, killed herself after she never recovered from an alleged rape by four teenage boys that left her deeply depressed and bullied in her community. Facebook

Leah Parsons says her daughter Rehtaeh Parsons, pictured, killed herself after she never recovered from an alleged rape by four teenage boys that left her deeply depressed and bullied in her community.
Leah Parsons says her daughter Rehtaeh Parsons, pictured above, killed herself after she never recovered from an alleged rape by four teenage boys that left her deeply depressed and bullied in her community.
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(CBS) HALIFAX, Nova Scotia - The Halifax Regional School Board and government officials in Nova Scotia are reviewing whether  they should reopen the case of Rehtaeh Parsons, a Canada teen whose mother says she hanged herself after being bullied over an alleged rape by four teenage boys, Nova Scotia Justice Minister Ross Landry said Tuesday, according to CTV News.

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According to the station, Education Minister Ramona Jennex has asked the school board to review its actions and Justice Minister Landry is asking government officials to look into how the case can be reviewed.

"I've listened to Nova Scotians... I've received many comments from across the country and it deeply affected people," Landry told CTV News.

On Thursday, the internet activist group Anonymous released a statement vowing to bring "justice" to Parsons' alleged rapists.

In an e-mail to Crimesider, Anonymous said that some people in their group have identified and communicated with more than one of the alleged rapists. They said they plan to release the names of the alleged rapists if law enforcement does not take action.

Seventeen-year-old Rehtaeh Parsons was taken off life-support by her mother, Leah Parsons, on April 7 after she hanged herself last week. According to Leah Parsons, her daughter never recovered from an alleged rape by four teenage boys that left her deeply depressed and bullied in her community.

Rehtaeh's mother said one boy took a photo of the alleged rape in 2011 and her daughter was subjected to bullying after it went viral.

After a year-long investigation, police concluded there were no grounds to charge the four boys because of insufficient evidence.

Earlier in the week it was reported that Justice Minister Landry said he had no plans to review the case because he had no reason to doubt the integrity of the police investigation. However, by late Tuesday, he reportedly issued a statement saying he has asked government officials to present options this week to review the case.

"It's one thing to say I have confidence in the justice system," Landry told the station. "The public needs to have confidence in the justice system, and if that gets shaken, then it's my responsibility to react, and that's what I'm doing."

According to the station, Landry spoke with Rehtaeh's mother this week.

"Something that really resonated in the discussion was the distribution of images, or information getting out in the cyberworld," Landry told the station.

"I think we need to look at how our laws are structured in regards to the distribution of images."

In a statement released Friday, Marilyn More, Minister responsible for the Advisory Council on the Status of Women, said, "We are doing everything in our power to create a community that is better equipped to prevent these situations, rather than a community that struggles to find a way to deal with them."

More said her government is prepared to look at everything in order to gain answers.

"It is a time that we as parents, government, and society do all we can to ensure this tragic situation does not repeat itself."

Rehtaeh's funeral is scheduled for Saturday.

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