Why bully a suicide victim?
Cyberbullying has become a national epidemic. Cruel, hurtful comments online or by cell phone have affected up to one-third of American middle and high school students. Some cyber-mob attacks have led some teens to commit suicide – referred to as bullycide.
One such instance just happened in New York. Alexis Pilkington was a 17-year-old senior at West Islip High School. Some say she had it all – brains, beauty, athletic ability and a deep love of her family and community.
Alexis would be graduating from high school in 2010 and heading off to college in the fall where she was awarded a soccer scholarship. Tragically, this would not be. Alexis had been in counseling and became the target of vicious online comments. On March 21, 2010, she hanged herself at home.
You would think that would put an end to the bullying. But Alexis continued to receive mean-spirited and nasty comments on several social networking sites and on her own memorial page friends set up for her. One such message read: “She was obviously a depressed – - who deserved to kill herself. She got what she wanted. be happy for her death. rejoice in it.” Some even went so far as to create a graphic image of Alexis with a noose around her neck.
A full investigation is underway and authorities have reported that action will be taken if any communications to Alexis are found to be criminal.
What do you think about cyberbullying in general? Have you been a target of unwanted and cruel Internet attacks? Why do you think someone would write cruel comments about a teenager committing suicide? Does this say something about our society and the world in which we live?