The Real Life Effect of Cyber Bullying

I want to talk about something so serious and dangerous that it pains me to know that this stuff happens ‘in real life.’ Christine is a blogger friend of mine (same awesome last name but no relation) and has been battling a cyber bully targeting her daughter since February of this year.

This isn’t some random Internet stranger flinging around hate on Twitter. It’s another *GIRL* in Christine’s daughter’s class and she’s driven this family to the brink of a breakdown.

Repeated death threats. Stalking in real life. Hacking computers and phones. Eavesdropping. Threats of suicide. What pre/teen girl (and her family) deserve this kind of life? I cannot even imagine the life they have been living since this started.

Their local police are useless. The FBI shrugs their shoulders. Their school system is useless. Why does the legal system fail our own children? Zero tolerance school policies that suspend Kindergarten children for playing too roughly during recess, but repeated death threats get a blind eye?

This family lives in the greater Austin, TX USA area. I know they are trying to get their story on the news to put some pressure on the law enforcement to take the repeated death threats to their daughter (and her friends) seriously. News stations & police in the area…

I pray that this family finds peace and the bully finds help and the MOTHER and step-father that have been enabling her daughter to actively be a bully finds a jail cell quite chilling.

About Lynette

LynetteRadio is the alter-ego of the MarTech geek Lynette Young. She's been a pioneer in social media since she began blogging in 1997. In 2006 she founded Purple Stripe Productions (now on hold due to a full-time gig she loves), a social technology and strategy firm. Lynette has worked with companies, organizations, and professionals to help them have more meaningful conversations with their customers in new and engaging ways using digital publishing platforms. She's also a makeup junkie, shoe collector, gamer geek, and fan of Doctor Who (and all things David Tennant).

Comments

  1. Wow! This sort of behavior is illegal in New Jersey. Have they consulted a local security professional to help “fight” back?

  2. That I don’t know, but it sounds like it would be the next step.