Friday 26 November 2010

Cyberbullying Causes Suicide

A Rutgers University freshman posted a goodbye message on his Facebook page before jumping to his death after his roommate secretly filmed him during a "sexual encounter" in his dorm room and posted it live on the Internet.

Items belonging to 18-year-old Rutgers student Tyler Clementi were found by the George Washington Bridge last week, according to authorities. Clementi's freshman ID card and driver's license were in the wallet.


Privacy invasion and bullying often lead to tragic outcomes. Just a year ago when I suffered from tunnel vision and broke down in the middle of Best Buy, I was close to giving up as well. If it wasn't for my daughter and husband, who knows what my bullies would have driven me to do. 

Imagine being a young person and thinking that your current reality is all you'll ever have in life. What would you be driven to do if pushed too far; if you thought nobody cared for you and that your reputation and character were forever ruined by mean-spirited bullies. What would you do?

The family of this young man and the families of the bullies are all in my prayers today.

Have a blessed and safe day!
Jody Ortiz

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