Argumentative Essay On Cyberbullying And Suicide

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D 'Naeja Garrett
Professor Schroeder
English 1103
7 November 2015
Justice for Suicide Victims
Cyberbullying can have disastrous consequences and one of them can be suicide. There is one death by suicide in the US every 13 minutes and approximately 105 deaths a day (CDC). As of only a few years ago, social media became something we 'd never even imagine. Back in 2006, a young girl was around the age of thirteen when she devastatingly ended her own life after being cyberbullied by someone who she thought was her friend. Her name was Megan Meier. Megan Meier met a sixteen year old boy named Josh Evans on Myspace and immediately she was interested in him. In the end, only to find out that this “Josh Evans” was actually a fake and was purposely
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Although, many could argue that freedom of speech protects those who hurt others through the web, cyberbullying should be illegalized regardless. Cyberbullying is a form of abuse and besides suicide, it may lead to many things including depression, anxiety and eating disorders among teenagers. Like Megan Meier, anyone and everyone has the right to have some type of justice fought for them, since they aren’t alive to fight for themselves. Free-speech advocates say making cyberbullying a crime won’t stop thuggish kids from picking on their victims (NY Post). Again, not everyone is strong willed enough to take hurtful comments and act as if it has no effect on them. The lives of innocent people are precious and words truly hurt. And so, I believe with time, any complete and official law against cyberbullying would help decreases rates of suicide and help the social media world become much a better place.

Works Cited
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