Jessica Laney committed suicide after being cyberbullied. Yet another teen who could not handle the immense cruelty of the gutless bullies who hid behind a computer. The 16-year-old Florida girl took her own life after being incessantly bullied via social networking.
Jessica isn’t the typical picture of a bullied girl. She was a pretty girl, who was popular at Fivay High School. Unfortunately, the teen was very involved in social networking–namely, Ask.fm. The site is designed to allow anonymous users to ask questions about anybody’s life. It is like Facebook and Twitter rolled into one. According to one report, Jessica was like any other teen and chatted with other users about life in general.
She shared stories about her personal life, which don’t sound all that different from the trouble millions of teens deal with every day. Things like being ignored by her dad and her mom constantly griping at her. While those things certainly weighed heavily on her, it was the nasty comments from anonymous users that likely pushed her to hang herself.
One user wrote, “Can you kill yourself already?” Another wrote, “Nobody even cares about you.” Users made abusive comments about her lifestyle and called her “fat.” One of Jessica’s friends is speaking out and is angry over the bullying her friend endured. “She was constantly bullied and bullied. And she was pushed and pushed to the point where she couldn’t handle it anymore,” says the friend who is pushing the site to be shut down.
Is it the site’s fault or the kids’ who feel they can say whatever they want because it is all anonymous? They don’t have to see their victims and clearly feel invincible. The bullies are likely the victims of bullying themselves and have found a way to bolster their own battered self-esteem by torturing other individuals.
Why do young people today feel the need to subject themselves to this kind of abuse? If it is that bothersome, turn off the dang computer! Don’t be a glutton for punishment, especially in a virtual world that can simply be avoided by not visiting it. Obviously, there are some cases of bullying that are not so easily ignored, but if Jessica Laney could have simply turned her back on these hateful monsters, she would still be here today.
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