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Cyberbullying Continues After Tyler Clementi’s Death

by Migdalia Rivera

Bullying is nothing new. Our children face it and sometimes even as adults we do as well. We’re taught to remove ourselves from the situation and the tormentor, yet with cyberbullying that is nearly impossible.

Cyberbullying has changed the dynamics. It has taken bullying to the next level, made it more vicious and crueler than ever before. A person can no longer avoid the tormentor by removing themselves from the situation. They can now text you, Facebook you, tweet you, IM you, AIM you, and even livestream their torment, as they did with Tyler Clementi.

Sadly, Tyler could not overlook the torment and shame he felt was being inflicted on him and decided to take his life by jumping off the George Washington Bridge. Before he did so, he changed his Facebook status. It stated:

Jumping off the gw bridge sorry

I can’t imagine the torment his family must have felt when reading that status. Even worse, they are now faced with the tormentors’ cropping up after his death, rubbing salt in the wound. The ones that are mocking him, like this newly created Facebook Page (shown below) and the tinypic.com picture (Warning: Vulgar).

Ban FaceBook Page Mocking Tyler Clementi

Bullying doesn’t stop until confronted. We cannot bring Tyler Clementi back, but we can band together to ask Facebook and tinypic.com to remove the page and graphics.

Will you take a stand with me?

UPDATE: The Facebook page and the tinypic.com picture have been removed. Thank you for taking a stand with me.

About the Author

Migdalia Rivera, also known as Ms. Latina in social media, is a single Latina mother of a teen, tween and 2 Australian Shepherds. When not blogging, or chasing after her energetic bunch, she connects influential bloggers with brands and PR agencies via her blogger network, Stiletto Media.

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1 Li September 30, 2010 at 1:53 pm

I am beyond words. I stand with you. This is simpy horrible.

Thanks for shedding light on this.

Best,

Li
@LaLicenciada
@HerDeepThoughts
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2 alissa apel September 30, 2010 at 2:28 pm

They must of removed the image. It looks different then what is on your site. I saw this story on the news, very awful! I’m sure everyone has felt left out at one time or another in their life. Take that and have it not go away. Have it haunt you. Sometimes abuse is physical, sometimes it is verbal. I think both can be so harmful and sad! I hate seeing young people experience abuse. I teach college age students. When I see anything fishy going on, I call them in my office to just talk about it. I try and figure out if they need someone more then me to talk to.
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3 Judge Tom September 30, 2010 at 2:41 pm

This suicide is preventable! After 23 years in juvenile court, I learned that teenagers often learn from the experiences of their peers, not just from being lectured by those in authority. Consequently, “Teen Cyberbullying Investigated” was published in January, 2010. Endorsed by Dr. Phil on April 8, 2010 ["Bullied to Death" show] TCI presents real cases of teens in trouble over their online and cell phone activities. Civil & criminal sanctions have been imposed on teens over their emails, blogs, text and IM messages, Facebook entries and more. TCI is interactive and promotes education & awareness so that our youth will begin to “Think B4 U Click.” Thanks for looking at “Teen Cyberbullying Investigated” on http://www.freespirit.com [publisher] or on http://www.askthejudge.info [a free website for & about teens and the law].
Regards, -Judge Tom.

4 Isolated Existence. October 1, 2010 at 1:01 am

Not only should the page be removed but all of their accounts be removed also. It is sad that there is not a law against cyber bullying. There also should be a campaign against it and a telephone number where kids can call to get help. If there isn’t one already I mean.

IMO, the person who made the page should be prosecuted. No community service but months in jail. They are mocking this family’s pain. It is truly sad…
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