It Took Kids’ Lives Away. Cyberbullying Stories That Really Happened
Cyberbullying is what children become exposed to once they enter the Internet. Being violated by seeming online friends, classmates, roommates, neighbors, or complete strangers they haven’t ever seen, kids suffer a horrible emotional trauma, which sometimes makes them behave too emotionally and even take their own lives.
Below, we’ll tell you stories of children who couldn’t take it any longer. The stories of online bullying that has gone too far.
Everyone knows Amanda Todd’s story. She was young, beautiful little girl and studied at the 7th grade, when that stranger met her online. Amanda used to keep a video blog. The stranger said how cute she was. He said she should make more videos. He talked a little girl into flashing her breasts. Amanda got on the hook. As a year had passed, the man found her on Facebook and started to blackmail her. He said she must ‘put on a show’ for him. Otherwise, he would share her picture with everyone she knew. The stranger knew where she lived. He knew her parents and her friends. As well as the school she visited. After a Christmas break, Amanda’s photo went viral. Everyone in her school saw it. Kids started teasing her. They bullied her and didn’t want to talk. She was left all alone. With no friends nearby. Amanda became depressed and anxious. She started using drugs and alcohol. She changed many schools and moved from town to town, but that stranger always came back. He created new accounts and kept bullying her. One of them was with Amanda’s topless photo as a profile picture. Wherever she went, her new friends found out that ugly truth. No one wanted to be friends with her. Classmates avoided Amanda. They joked at her and even victimized her. She tried to commit suicide and drank bleach, but the ambulance saved her. New schools, new towns – nothing worked. She couldn’t take it no more. In September 2012 Amanda Todd make a video with a story of her won and uploaded it on YouTube. She let the world know about her suffering. On October, 10 2012 she was found dead at her home. Amanda was only 16.
Ryan Halligan committed suicide at the age of 13. After the boy’s death, his father logged in to an online chat, where Ryan spent most of his time and found out that he was bullied and cyberbullied by a kid he befriended after a brawl. Ryan told his new friend a story that had once happened to him. He found it embarrassing though funny to share. Soon after the so-called friend told everyone that Ryan was gay. After months of cyberbullying, the boy took his own life.
Hannah Smith hanged herself in her bedroom at the age of 14. As it turned out the reason why the girl decided to commit suicide was cyberbullying. During weeks before her death, she received violating messages about her weigh. Bullies were so cruel that urged her to drink bleach and kill herself. Later, Hannah’ father found her suicide note, where his daughter wrote she wasn’t happy and wanted to die.
Phoebe Prince was 15. She was an immigrant from Ireland and a newcomer at school. A senior football player asked her out to the winter cotillion dance. Her schoolmates started cyberbullying her about him as her date. Other girls called her “Irish slut” and “whore” on social media as well as in person at school. Phoebe couldn’t take it too long and hanged herself two days before the dance.
Hope Witsell hanged herself in her bedroom. She was only 13 years old. The girl was engaged in sexting and sent her nude photo to a boy she liked. Another girl saw Hope’s picture and shared it among her schoolmates. Many kids in many different schools saw Hope’s nude photo and started cyberbullying her. They called her “whore” and “slut” on social media. They sent offensive messages and said they hated her. Hope didn’t see any other way, but taking her life away to stop that.
It is very important to emphasize that many parents don’t pay appropriate attention to their kids’ behavior. Some of them ignore what happens to their kids. Some of them don’t notice what is actually going on around. Meanwhile, most of them simply refuse to believe that something like the aforementioned can happen to their children.
However, cyberbullying does exist. With each and every minute we neglect the importance of the issue and all those horrible outcomes it leads to, we put our children’s lives in danger.
Please protect your kids. Secure their safety. And keep your eyes open!