Digital Harassment and Cyberbullying Leads to 14-Year Old’s Death

To further prove my point about the detriments of cyberbullying in my previous blog post, on Monday two teens, ages 14 and 12,  were charged as juveniles with felony aggravated stalking and online harassment towards 12-year old Rebecca Sedwick, according to a release from Polk County sheriff’s office. According to Grady Judd, the sheriff in Polk County, Fl., the teens “repeatedly and maliciously harassed” Rebecca, perhaps what triggered the young girl to jump to her death from a tower on September 9th in Lakeland Florida. Rebecca was believed to be targeted because she had dated one of her attacker’s old boyfriend, according to multiple reports. Witnesses told police that the teen sent Rebecca abusive online messages like calling her “ugly” and go so far as to telling her to “drink bleach and die”. The two girls actually got into a physical fight with her after threatening to beat up Rebecca. On Saturday, the 14-year old clearly expressed her remorse by publishing a post on Facebook that reads exactly, “Yes ik I bullied REBECCA nd she killed her self but IDGAF<3”.  Based on her numerous grammar mistakes and nonchalance to the whole ordeal, I think it is safe to say she is just too young and immature to fully grasp the concept of what she has done and the lives she has effected. This article really made me think about the future of cyberbullying as the development of Web 2.0 progresses and all of the technical advances that have yet to come. It is in kid’s nature be impulsive and do things without considering the consequences of their actions. The idea of sending my kids to a school where kids have access to multiple bullying platforms frightens me. I hope by then creators will find a way to stop this ugliness that is taking over young people’s worlds. This incident was completely preventable if the assailants were stopped before it was too late. 



4 thoughts on “Digital Harassment and Cyberbullying Leads to 14-Year Old’s Death

  1. This is crazy. I cannot believe children at this age are that cruel and do not care. Cyberbulling is starting to start at such a young age anymore, and the parents have to watch what their children are doing online.

  2. It’s just sad in itself that parents allow their children to be on social media sites when they have no idea what they’re doing and that they allow their children to “date” or have any kind of romance with the opposite gender at twelve years old. Parents need to understand what “setting limits” really means.

  3. I think this is absolutely terrible. It is so sad that this is what the world has come to. I feel as if parents need to monitor what their children are doing on the Internet especially when they are so young. These children are too young to realize what they are doing and the effects that it is having on others.

  4. This is such a sad story. I can not believe that something wasn’t done before it made it to the point that it did. Parents, the school, and the police should have been involved before this young girl made the decision that she did. This is so sad.

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