I play guitar and write suicide notes, I must be an Emo.'The courting of misery and death is a long-established teenage tradition.How many bedroom walls have been plastered with posters of drippy pre-Raphaelite heroines, or Marc Bolan or Kurt Curbain?There is a genre, popular in Germany, known as Death Pop.
Although it is invariably described as a 'secret shame', there is actually a streak of exhibitionism about it.
The internet has many sites dedicated to Emo fashion (dyed black hair brushed over your face, layering, black, black, black), Emo bands (Green Day, My Chemical Romance), Emo conversation (sighing, wailing, poetry). Wear a child's T-shirt with a slogan such as 'Unhappy Chick' and drive a Vespa.
Above all, 'show your inner despair by looking like you are too sad to eat.
Emos exchange competitive messages on their teenage websites about the scars on their wrists and how best to display them.
Girls' secondary schools have for some time been concerned about the increase in self harm.