Some describe it as a cult or a sect, but in reality the term — derived fromthe word "emotional" — encapsulates a trend that is becoming hugely popularamong Britain's schoolchildren.
A trans-Atlantic import, its followers dress in black, favouring tight jeans, T-shirts, studded belts and sneakers or skater shoes. American bands such as My Chemical Romance, Good Charlotte and Blink 182 are particular favourites. " On the surface, it all sounds typically teenage — angst-ridden,over-dramatic and tribal. No different, in fact, to the Goth subculturethat first emerged in Britainduring the early 1980s.
It's just a music thing, they say, and anyonewho takes it further has somethinginherently wrong with them."If you listen to the lyrics, you willsee there is nothing that promotessuicide; and even if there was, noright-minded person would listen to itand think: 'Now I'm going to killmyself,' ' a self-confessed emo wrotelast week on a music website followingthe inquest into Hannah's death."I don't think anyone can say thatthere is a link between emo andsuicide — it's just a myth.
They could find only one clue: Hannah was what is known as an "emo".Scroll down for more New figures show that the number ofchildren admitted to hospital due toinjuries inflicted on themselves hasrisen by a third in five years.In 2002/03 there were 11,891 suchadmissions; in 2006/07 this had risento 15,955.Recently, Levi asked her mother:"Just why do people kill themselves?""When she asked me that, it made meshudder," says Lorraine, 46, from Alston in Cumbria.