HUDSON, FL -- Pasco County authorities say 16-year-old Jessica Laney hanged herself Sunday night, and some of her friends say cyber-bullying is to blame.
According to one of her friends, Laney attended Fivay High School after being transferred there due to bullying at her previous high school. But they say the bullying that led to Laney killing herself did not come from her new school, but rather from anonymous people online. In particular, members of the website Ask.fm.
For the un-initiated, Ask.fm is a social site where users can invite questions and comments from other members, anonymously. Laney’s page is full of the standard crap you would expect on a cute 16-year-old girl’s page, but also contains some disparaging comments from anonymous users calling her fat and a loser. Some even tell teh girl no one cares about her and instruct Laney to hurry up and kill herself.
Her friends say these negative comments are what led the girl to hang herself Sunday night, although official from the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office says neither Laney’s parents nor Laney’s boyfriend were aware of Laney being bullied.…Continue Reading
St. Petersburg, FL - A Florida mother is facing child abuse charges after being accused of choking a teen who was allegedly cyber-bullying her daughter on Facebook. The incident was caught on mall surveillance video.
Debbie Piscitella, 46, is the mother of 13-year-old MacKenna. According to Piscitella, MacKenna has been the focus of a relentless stream of Facebook comments being made by a 14-year-old classmate named Jon on a shared page.
“The boy tells my daughter that she is a fat f*****g whale and didn’t deserve to live because she is so nasty that he wouldn’t even rape her,” Piscitella explained. Piscitella added that another Facebook comment by Jon talked about the 13-year-old performing oral sex, reading, “Tell her to keep s*king d*ck.”
Piscitella maintains that the comments were affecting her daughter emotionally.
“She wanted to kill herself,” said Piscitella. “She doesn’t want to go do anything. She doesn’t want to go out. She doesn’t even want to go to her dance.”
The situation reportedly came to a head when Piscitella – a married mother-of-two who is studying to be a nurse – was with MacKenna at Tyrone Square Mall on Memorial Day.…Continue Reading
Staten Island, NY – I’m sure a lot of you have read about 15-year-old Amanda Cummings by now. For those of you who haven’t, two days after Christmas, she purposely stepped in front of a city bus while carrying a four page suicide note.
She would later die at the hospital from blunt force trauma and skull fractures and her family is blaming bullying for her death. The family claims she was bullied throughout school, even in the days before her decision to end her life. Her uncle has stated he wants justice and will push this as far as he can, in an effort to ensure those who pushed her over the edge are held accountable.
“I’m not going to tolerate this,” he said. “I’m gonna go full force. Kids can’t do this to each other.”
Her mother echoed the same sentiments stating, “This entire tragedy is far, far from over,” she wrote. “I am no where done with this.”
Her sister, Dawn, recently wrote, in part, “I AM BEGGING YOU KIDS, ANYONE WITH ANY CONCRETE PROOF OF BULLYING TOWARD MY SISTER, PLEASE LET ME KNOW.…Continue Reading
UK – Over the years, it has become quite common for the friends and family of somone who has died to create a Facebook page in an attempt to honor or remember them. This is especially true for young people who have died in some fashion.
It has also become quite common over the years, for trolls to visit those pages created by friends and family and leave some pretty vile comments or images for no other reason than to compound someone’s grief for kicks and the lulz.
I’ve always felt it takes a really special type of asshole to take such an easy route in an attempt to troll somebody, and normally they can conduct their activities in relative safety, wrapped in the soft and cozy blanket of anonymity. Well, except for 25-year-old Sean Duffy.
Duffy was prosecuted under the Malicious Communications Act and sentenced to 18 weeks behind bars for mocking the deaths of several teenagers, posting images on their Facebook pages and posting Youtube videos that made fun of them and taunting their families.…Continue Reading
Mom Charged With Encouraging Fight Between 12-Year-Old Girls Before Assaulting Another 12-Year-Old GirlSeptember 15, 2011 at 9:10 am by Morbid
Long Island, NY – Here is my second story today involving a grown woman fighting with a teen girl, and the second one this week involving a woman egging on a fight between her daughter and another girl.
Daphne Melin, a 32-year-old mother of three who takes perfect pictures for news sites to use, was arrested after a video emerged of her egging on a fight between two 12-year-olds before attacking another 12-year-old who tried to stop the fight.
Reportedly, the fight was the result of Melin’s daughter being cyber-bullied on Facebook. She told reporters that after exhausting all her options in attempts to have it stopped, she took matters into her own hands and arranged a fight between her daughter and the alleged bully outside of William Floyd Elementary School.
Some reports say that one of the girls seen in the video is Melin’s daughter while others say it is a girl standing in for her daughter. Another report says that it is Melin’s daughter fighting a girl standing in for the alleged bully — echoing another story we posted this year.…Continue Reading
Roswell, NM – Two teens in New Mexico are learning valuable lessons today. A 15-year-old girl is learning that she shouldn’t share naked pictures of herself if she doesn’t want the pictures to find their way online, and her 14-year-old boyfriend is learning how our legal process works after he shared her nude photo online after she refused to have sex with him.
Police say the boy, a freshman at Goddard High School, badgered his girlfriend into sending him a naked picture of herself, which she finally did because teens can be pretty stupid. He then told her that if she did not have sex with him he would post the image on Facebook. Classy. She refused the offer and the boy followed through with his threat, posting the picture on a Facebook page.
Facebook took down the image, but the dumbass wouldn’t leave well enough alone, and posted the image on a second Facebook page. That’s when police got involved and cock-blocked the hell out of him when they arrested his ass and charged him with harassment, intimidation and several other charges.…Continue Reading
Gig Harbor, WA – A man in Gig Harbor, Washington is probably sweating his ass off right now after the Feds took away some of his computers, suspecting him of partaking in the attack on Gene Simmons’ website last year.
For those of you not aware of this story, it all started after the KISS bassist, who I absolutely cannot stand, gave a speech last October in Cannes, France. Simmons spoke out against audio piracy and cyber sharing of music content, urging the entertainment industry to take a hard stance against it. “Be litigious, sue anybody,” Simmons demanded. “take their homes, their cars, don’t let anybody cross that line.”
This angered the online vigilante group Anonymous, who detests copyright laws. In response to Simmons’ speech, they took time out of harassing Scientologists to wage a DDoS attack on several of Simmons’ websites enesimmons.com, simmonsrecords.com and kissonline.com. In layman’s terms, that means they sent so many requests to his sites, that their servers become overwhelmed and basically shuts them down.
The attack, part of the group’s “OPERATION PAYBACK” initiative, would bring the sites down for a few days and according the the FBI, cost Simmons approximately $20,000 to $25,000.…Continue Reading
ISSAQUAH, Wash. - Two girls, ages 11 and 12, have been charged with computer trespassing and cyberstalking after they allegedly logged onto 12-year-old Leslie Cote’s Facebook account and posted raunchy images and asked online friends to have sex.
Hacking is a strong word here, I was simply echoing the actual KOMO headline. Cote had simply logged into her Facebook account at her friend’s house and her password was cached. In any event, after an argument with her two friends, they used this to log in to her account and post comments on other profiles saying “Have sex with me” and soliciting men for oral sex.
Leslie finally told her mother and her mother’s fiancée about what her friends were doing. ”Extreme anger and honestly disbelief,” says the mom’s fiance, Jon Knight, about his feelings when he found out. “Parents do need to be aware of what’s going on, especially with the Internet.” As for Leslie Cote, she says, “I was hurt and sad and very angry.”
If convicted of the charges against her, the 12-year old girl could get up to 30 days in juvenile detention.…Continue Reading
SMITHFIELD, R.I. — A teenage student at Smithfield High School has been charged with cyberstalking after creating a fake Facebook account to harass another student.
The 15-year-old girl created a fake account pretending to be a fellow student who was born missing part of her foot. The account was created under the name “Halfafoot” with the victim’s last name and birth date. Accompanying the profile was a picture of a bloody, severed foot.
After police figured out who was responsible for the posting, the affidavit states they went to the teen’s home where her father was “annoyed and rude,” referring the police to the phone number of a law office. Detectives confiscated three computers from the home instead.
Police really took this seriously and questioned 2 of the 26 “friends” listed on the fake account and were able to get a clearer picture of how the profile was created and why.
A female Smithfield High sophomore told the police that the account was created Nov. 6 by the 15-year-old and a male Burrillville High School student on her home computer while she was taking a shower, the affidavit shows.
OCALA, Fla. - 17-year-old Shannon Marie Mitchell had a grudge against her boyfriend’s 15-year-old ex-girlfriend. So she decided to wage a campaign of harassment whose ultimate goal would be to ruin the younger teen’s reputation. She started by taking the girl’s Myspace pics and posting them, along with her phone number, to an online porn site (from the video it looks like the porn site is actually 4chan). This action resulted in the young girl getting phone calls from strangers asking for sexual favors and more pics. Police were eventually brought in and Mitchell was questioned by investigators. The Vanguard High School senior did not seem to take things seriously when she was interviewed, admitting she did it and did not plan to stop harassing the girl. I’m guessing she started taking things seriously sometime after she was arrested on a felony charge of of aggravated cyberstalking of a victim younger than 16 years old and then transported to a Juvenile Assessment Center.…Continue Reading
NEWBURYPORT, Mass. - More cyber-bullying shenanigans, this time from Newburyport High School in Massachusetts. Three students have been accused of creating a fake Facebook page using another student’s name and picture. They would then use that account to make disparaging remarks about other students in the school. The victim had no idea anything was amiss until he began to get taunted over the remarks he was unaware that he had even made. I guess they want to put out a strong message on this type of behavior, so police charged the trio with identity theft. Two of the kids are co-operating, but one of student’s parents have hired a lawyer. “What the young people need to understand at this point is that anything you say on Facebook or on the Internet, there’s no way to get it back. Why you may think that you’re behind the scenes, and nobody is going to find you, in fact, they are going to find you, and there’s repercussions for your actions,” said Chief Thomas Howard of the Newburyport Police Department.…Continue Reading
MASS – Phoebe Prince was a young girl who emigrated from Ireland to America last fall. Months later, on Jan 14th, the 15 year old was found dead after she had hung herself in her Massachusetts home. Only after this gruesome death has the truth about how she was treated as a high school freshmen begin to come out. On a Facebook page made in her honor, her family was surprised to see rude and even taunting comments posted about her. Classmates also started to admit that Phoebe was being harassed and “bullied constantly” via text messages and Facebook posts. The school admits they were aware, to an extent, that Phoebe was having problems; in a letter to the parents, the South Hadley High principle wrote “These disagreements centered on relationship and dating issues. School personnel immediately intervened . . . and both counseled and provided consequences as the situations required. It is what happened after those incidents were over that is cause for significant concern.’’ Perhaps Phoebe’s sad suicide and the attention it’s getting can prevent other teens from the same fate – but are schools prepared to deal with cyber bullying?…Continue Reading
SEATTLE – Looks as if the Seattle school district is taking a tough stance on cyberbullying these days. They have suspended over 20 students at McClure Middle School for joining a club on Facebook that targeted a specific student. After discovering the page on Tuesday night, the school’s principal met with students and parents the following day and began suspending students – the length of suspension depending on each student’s involvement. Some people are pissed and think that the school is just creating kids with skin so thin that it is practically transparent, especially since the activities didn’t necessarily happen on school grounds or on school time. But I do not think some of these people fully realize just how much more effective cyberbullying is, especially when you factor in the anonymity factor and the ease of “rallying the troops”. So what do you think…has the school taken the right steps or have they overstepped their bounds?…Continue Reading
BALDWIN, Pennsylvania – After an 8th grade student sent a picture along with an inappropriate, suggestive message seven students have been suspended. The students were suspended for three days because of violating the school’s cell phone policy when they used their phones to view the photo of the girl during school hours. The superintendent stated “the girl was distraught for making a stupid mistake.” An AP-MTV poll was conducted Sept. 11-22, and involved online interviews with 1,247 teenagers and adults ages 14-24. According to the poll, a quarter of teens have been involved in sexting of some form. The poll also said 17 percent of those who received naked pictures passed them along to multiple contacts. About 10 percent said they used their cell phones to send naked pictures of themselves.…Continue Reading
Greenesboro, NC – I thought this was interesting, especially because of some of our very own site drama that occasionally happens between a few of our members. Jeff Martin writes the blog site Vie Di Malchance, and has been charged with annoying Dr. Mary Johnson, a blogger who writes the blog Dr. J’s Housecalls, under North Carolina’s cyberstalking law. Martin and Johnson are at odds over the Randleman Dam, a local water project that Martin supports. During this online fight, Martin admittedly sent Johnson 27 e-mails in less than an hour. Johnson has not made a comment aside from posting this to her blog. “What Jeff Martin did Friday night crossed a line that sane people in this society do not cross. It was a crime.” Martin states this is simply the actions of a woman banned from his site and a woman scorned. “She’s a woman scorned,” Martin said. “(She’s) been at my place for 3 years I didn’t want her to be there anymore.…Continue Reading
CENTRAL ISLIP, New York – We didn’t report on this story when it happened in May, although it was being covered in our forums. But her hearing was Tuesday so it is making the news again. To refresh your memory, social worker Margery Tannenbaum, 40, got in legal trouble after she got revenge on a 9-year-old girl who got into an argument with her 4th-grade daughter. She posted a sexually suggestive ad on Craigslist, including the girl’s real name and phone number, urging older men to call the little girl. Which of course, they did. According to court documents, the mother of the 9-year-old girl received a call from a man who, upon her answering, asked, “Hey baby, is this [girl's first name]?” When the woman told the man she was her mother, the caller responded: “Oh, hot lady lives with foxy momma!” Said the girl’s mother: “I told him the hot lady you are referring to is 9-years-old.” The caller then hung up, she said.…Continue Reading
ST PETERS, MISSOURI - Elizabeth Thrasher gets the embarrasing title of first person charged with felony harassment under Missouri‘s “Megan’s Law” (not to be confused with the Megan Kanka law requiring law enforcement authorities to make information available to the public regarding registered sex offenders). The law was created after the suicide of 13-year-old Megan Meier, a girl who was being bullied over the Internet by other teens and an adult and then committed suicide. A lot of you around here know that I am not a big fan of this law or what happened with Lori Drew, the adult who took on the wrath of the online community for her role, and here is one example why. …Continue Reading