CyberSuicide and Cyberbullying

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I was just floored. As I get older I think nothing can just shock me down to my toes and make be turn colors but as I live longer, I find that this is just not true.  Is is the holiday time that brings about so much strife and depression in the lives of people.  Everyone is looking for someone to love, connect with and feel a part of anywhere, anytime, by any means necessary.

Well yesterday a college youth took his life he was bipolar and on medication.  Abraham Biggs wrote a suicide note stating how much he hated life and himself and wanted it all to end. While on streaming video @ Justin.tv he video taped himself engulfing a handful of his medication while gradually the last breathe of life escaped his body while he was taping himself.

The chatroom to his session was open while people thought it was a joke, some were egging him on, some were cracking jokes. The news has stated that it may have been different if someone was in the room with him and they most more than likely would have stopped him form committing suicide.

The video stopped streaming as the police was called by someone taking an active part. When the local police got there Bigss was dead.

There is so much to this that is just outrageous, wrong and bizarre it really just infuriates me. Since when did we as a country take someone talking about killing themselves as a joke? We have schools that have no tolerance rules for kids bring weapons, drawing weapons, or even talking about weapons where they can be suspended or expelled from school.

He was depressed beyond what we could imagine. We have no idea what it means to be bipolar and on bipolar medication. Unless you have the condition you just don’t understand.

Abraham Biggs, 19, died Wednesday from a toxic combination of opiates and benzodiazepine, a drug used to treat insomnia and depression, said Wendy Crane, an investigator with the Broward County medical examiner’s office. At least one of the drugs was prescribed to him and it’s unclear how he got the others, Crane said.

Granted those watching may have not know about his condiion but to instigate, joke, poke, cyber-harass this college student is just deplorable regardless.  Cyberbullying yet again assist in taking another life. From my previous blog post about Cyberbullying.

It just shows how this menace is still prevalent, increasing and being unchecked in our society. How many more lives must this phenomenon assist in claiming a life?

Here is a memorial page I found for the college youth

His myspace page has been I am sure taken down as condolensences have poured in.

His family is devasted. Pray for his family.

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Cybery Bulling and update

I posted a blog on May 16th about a 13 year old girl that committed suicide due to a MySpace relationship she developed with a fraudulent MySpacer. Here is the update so far about it.

It seems that Lori Drew, 49, a neighbor of the deceased teen, has so far avoided state charges — but not federal ones.

Missouri police didn’t file any charges against Drew in part because there was no applicable state law. In response to the case, Missouri legislators gave final approval to a bill making cyber harassment illegal.

The charges were filed in California where MySpace is based.

Here’s my blog about it:

Here’s the update:

Cyber bullying Update

This case as unfortunate as it is maybe open to some challenges.

What I think…..Refer to my first blog post, that thought still stands.

“Stop Internet Cyber Bullying”

I blogged earlier about the safety measures that MySpace and Facebook are implementing on their sites. Today there has been breaking news of a story that is very sad to say the least.

A 13-year-old girl has committed suicide due to a perpetrating hoax of online harassment by another MySpace user. It seems that the culprit used MySpace as a joke posing as a young teenage male who met up with with this 13-year old girl.

Lori Drew of suburban St. Louis (an adult neighbor of Megan and her family) allegedly helped create a false-identity MySpace account to contact Megan Meier, who thought she was chatting with a 16-year-old boy named Josh Evans. Josh didn’t exist. Megan had a crush on Josh who was on medication and the bullying got exponentially out of hand.

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Megan hanged herself at home in October 2006 after receiving cruel messages, that the world would be better off without her. After this event the account of the non-existent Josh Evans was deleted.

The non-existent Josh felt things were getting out of hand and decided to write and send cruel messages to Megan to get her mad so that she would delete him off her “friends” list.

Salvador Hernandez, assistant agent in charge of the Los Angeles FBI office, called the case heart-rending. The Internet is a world unto itself. People must know how far they can go before they must stop. They exploited a young girl’s weaknesses,” Hernandez said. “Whether the defendant (Lori Drew) could have foreseen the results, she’s responsible for her actions.”

The Los Angeles grand jury has just indited Lori Drew in 4 charges against her of this horrific situation. This clearly violates the TOS for MySpace by providing false information to obtain a MySpace account. This is one of the first cases of prosecution of Cyber Bullying.

What I think…….. More and more we know that bullying of any kind can lead to disastrous actions. We never know what can set a person off to devastating measures. My concern is of the adult in this situation. Why do this in the first place, and the second place if it was felt the situation was going to far, why wasn’t the account deleted before further bullying had been written? The mind of the adult here was not too sound to speak of to have the time to do this when there are so many activities in life that adults have to tend to. Why bully a teenage neighbor ? This is very sad very sad. This is not the first case but of Cyber bullying and it won’t be the last but one thing is for sure that maybe this case will allow for more of an outreach and awareness for all intended in the use of the internet and social sites.