- With technology and social media, the world has neither limits nor boundaries. It’s a blessing for all those who use it. However, for some, the cyber world, where laws still struggle to understand it, these endless boundaries come at great costs.
Cyber bullying is all too easy for the coward who instigates it. It allows for the person(s) or group to fabricate identity, concoct stories and permanently harm a person’s confidence, shattering their all-too fragile self-image. No matter what angle you take this from, any form of cyberbullying is the coward’s approach and is never, never justified.
Unfortunately for some, even when reported to the authorities or to the school for which may be the base of this relentless act of predatory behaviour, the consequences for the target of harassment are all too real. As an adolescent, life is hard enough. Trying to muddle your way through life while coping with new found school, family or work pressures suddenly becomes unbearable when you also have to face bullying from faceless characters the moment you tune in into the Internet.
You can always switch off, of course. But in today’s world, switching off generally means opting out of the world around you. It isn’t that easy anymore.
PICTURES: memorial grows for 18 y/o Brandy Vela, hear from her family about devistating loss of the Texas City HS senior tonight on @KPRC2 pic.twitter.com/N8TuU8fqXu
— KPRCJonathan (@KPRCJonathan) December 1, 2016
In the case of young 18-year-old Brandy Vela, cyber bullying took its toll. Today, her family grieve the loss that should have been prevented, after she fatally shot herself November 29.
“I love you so much just remember that please and I’m so sorry for everything,” was the glowing teen’s last words to her family. Moments later, Brandy committed suicide in the family’s Texas City home. Not only that, her parents and grandparents witnessed the pull of the trigger.
This serves as a reminder to us all, how devastating cyber bullying can be. For the Vela family, there will be no Christmas this year, all because of the constant bullying done through fake profiles led to her death.
Every time Brandy connected to the outside world she would have to face messages like ‘Why are you still here?’ Fake dating profiles were also created.
“They would put her number and they would put her pictures [on the sites] and lie about her age and say she is giving herself up for sex for free, to call her,” said Jacqueline Vela, her older sister. “People would make up fake Facebook accounts, and they would message her, and she wouldn’t respond, and they would still come at her.”
Police are investigating the death of Brandy Vela and the bullying claims that had been reported prior to her death, stating that it has now become a “criminal investigation.” Police are asking for anyone to come forward who has information relating to this case by contacting Mainland Communities Crime Stoppers at 409-945-8477. The Crime Stoppers line is anonymous.
The investigation will be dealt with under Texas Legislature, under the computer crimes code. Although it doesn’t directly prohibit cyberbullying and harassment, it does deal with “harm, defraud, intimidate or threaten any person.” This in itself, demonstrates the lacking of law for those harassed online.
Saying this, laws are currently being reviewed in Texas under the current Legislature, where one under 18 when initially caught bullying online would be charged under a misdemeanour offense.
A vigil was held for Brandy Vela last week, where her family and friends mourned the loss of someone who needn’t have reached such dire ends.
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goodbye…..may you not hate the person who did this you but rather hate sin itself…
People who kill them self because someone called him/her a fat bitch on the internet should have been dead sooner, this is exactly whats wrong with the people. Fuck the USA for promoting this and fuck you AnonHQ for making money on the name of anonymous with bullcrap someone doesn’t give a shit about.
You know whats bad? Waking up on the street, thinking back of a week ago how your house got bombed, how your father got shot, how your brothers and sisters got amputated and how your mom got raped and abducted never to be seen again. People who have experienced that ( which is a fact that it is over a million time worse then someone calling you a bitch on the internet ) don’t even suicide and try to pick up their life. It’s because people don’t keep pittying theirself like whats happening in the USA. FUCK USA FUCK USA FUCK USA FUCK USA FUCK USA FUCK USA FUCK USA FUCK USA FUCK ANONHQ FUCK ANONHQ FUCK ANONHQ FUCK ANONHQ FUCKANONHQ. Freedom of speech right? Then leave this here, fucking shitheads. Start worrying about real problems , imbecils…
Enjoy the Tomahawk up your ass.
cam’s lens is dirty. Might want to tape over it Jessy.
More like lack of self-esteem and family support.
If you can’t handle the heat just turn off the internet.
shes self fail, used social, and your see it. whats doing social, moobing. im no on social sites, im most tor on social.