Coroner says genre is 'very disturbing'...
Jason Gregory

12:20 8th May 2008

A teenage girl committed suicide because she thought the act would impress fans of emo music, an inquest has been told.

Hannah Bond, 13, hung herself from a bunk bed in her bedroom after telling her parents that she was going to kill herself.

The teenager, who was described by her mother as a “normal girl”, apparently left a suicide note which was signed with the nickname Living Disaster.

The inquest was told that the teenager had lived a double life and was a devout following of emo music.

The coroner in the inquest, Roger Sykes, said he found elements of the emo movement “very disturbing”.

Bond was a fan of My Chemical Romance and had spoken secretly on chatrooms about The Black Parade – which was also the title of the band’s last album.

According to the Telegraph, in a tribute book at the teenager’s school one pupil wrote: “I hope you enjoy the black parade.”

It emerged recently that fans of emo, which stands for emotional, were being attacked in cities across Mexico because of their appearance.

At a concert in the country last month, My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way spoke directly to fans, saying the band “don’t want to see any fucking violence.”

What do you think about the coroner’s verdict? Is it unfair to blame emo? Leave a comment below...

An example of bands who have been associated with emo:

  • My Chemical Romance

  • Taking Back Sunday

  • Fall Out Boy

  • Panic at the Disco

  • Paramore

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