Cyber Bullying: A Case Study

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On March 29th, 2014 Nailani Buchholz wrote a letter to her parents before she made the fatal decision to hang herself. Nailani was a highly intelligent thirteen year-old teenager who consecutively made straight A’s at Los Osos Middle School (Velie). Growing up, she was taunted about her physical appearance and weight. Her father was aware that the kids were calling her derogatory names since the fourth grade. He also explained that she asked to stay home so that she could avoid bullying (Velie). No one knew that this torment would continue to follow her through middle school. Nailani made changes in her life to lose weight, but the words “fat” and “ugly” resonated in her head and remained there until the moment she decided to take their life. …show more content…
There are three types of harassment, which include sexual, racial, and sectarian. Each individual form of harassment is recognized by the law and has consequences. Bullying and harassment over a lengthy period of time can lead to mental illness, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (Field). Since cyber bullying occurs through electronic devices, it can reach students at anytime of the day or night. This is an extremely dangerous aspect of cyber bullying. Additionally, cyber bullying messages can be posted anonymously and be viewed by anyone on the internet which makes tracing the source almost …show more content…
These two accounts of the teens’ death were very different in length of harassment, however the outcome was suicide. The two teenagers gave up the fight against negativity and harassment. Generally speaking, negative words do impact others even if it’s on a smaller scale or a larger scale. Anna Maria Chavez expressed her opinion of bullying by saying, “Unless and until our society recognizes cyber bullying for what it is, the suffering of thousands of silent victims will continue”, which shows that society is unaware of the dangers of cyber-bullying (Chavez). Laws against bullying were passed in 2002, but those laws only addressed the physical aspect of bullying. Recently, in 2010 45 states issued anti-bullying laws that were revised to target all types of bullying. Likewise, those revised laws made educators punish the aggressor, or “bully” in bully-related situations, and forced parents to be more aware of what cyber-bullying is (Bullying

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