Teen wanted for cyber bullying living in Rotorua

By Kristin Macfarlane

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The teenager who has been accused of internet stalking and is allegedly wanted by Australian police for cyber bullying is living in Rotorua with his father who says his son's satirical sense of humour is often misunderstood.


The 18-year-old is back living in Rotorua with his father - Michael Barker, the former drummer for Split Enz, former member of the John Butler Trio and member of local band Swamp Thing.


It has been reported Tristan is allegedly under investigation and is wanted by Melbourne police for questioning over encouraging the likers of his Facebook page to ridicule people, including murder victims and some who have committed suicide as a result of online bullying.


Melbourne police are unable to interview him because he's in Rotorua.


Tristan was busy with his music yesterday afternoon and couldn't talk to The Daily Post but his father talked about the media attention his son was receiving. He said his son had been misquoted and taken out of context many times, which included his comedy being taken as fact.


Mr Barker said he understood how media was changing and how it was important to attract the digital audience market of 18 to 24-year-olds.


"I would just like to say it's the height of journalistic desperation to stalk about a teenager's Facebook page, taking half quotes out of context."


Tristan was due to release a song and a music video, which Mr Barker said was a tongue-in-cheek song called I'm a Dickhead.


"It's just a bit of fun," Mr Barker said of Tristan's music video.


"He's sort of talking about not being taken too seriously," he said.


"It is topical."


Mr Barker said Tristan was an articulate young man who was very honest too.


"He says things I think a lot of people would like to say but probably wouldn't say."

 

- ROTORUA DAILY POST

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