Bullied To Death? By John Cloud

1769 words - 7 pages

Bullying is nothing new but now times have changed because technology has made it possible for teenagers to bully one another without having to be face to face. This type of bullying is known as Cyber bullying. Cyber bullying is another method that is being used in today’s society to bullied one another and it takes place using technologic devices such as; computers, tablets, cell phone and using social media websites such as; facebook, twitter Instagram etc.. Although cyber bullying is not physical it has become a big problem in today’s society affecting many families psychologically and resulting in irreversible outcomes.
Teens use technological devices as weapons through the use of social networking websites, text messaging and other ways. Teenager use these social networking websites and text messaging to make fun of one another, call each other names and threaten one another all to the point where the victim feels worthless and ends up with psychological problems or in the worst scenario, committing suicide. The most famous website that teenagers use these days for cyberbullying is Facebook; they login to their account and write a status about their victim and tag their victim on the status or ask a friend who has the victim as a friend to tag him or her in a comment below the status. Teenagers also use chat rooms to post pictures of their victim and publicly humiliate and make fun of their victims and others usually join in adding to it. I decided to write about cyber bullying because it has been happening a lot lately and as a mother I am really concerned about it, so I would like to know what to do in case my children were to go through a situation like that. I took advantage that it’s a good topic for a research essay because other than that I wouldn’t have time.
In “Bullied to Death?” John Cloud writes about four teenagers that killed themselves after being tormented by their classmates in September 2010. The four (4) deaths occurred in the period of 19 days. The article mentions that technology is rapidly changing how teens bully one another and gives the readers ways to put an end to the issue. Asher Brown who was 13 years of age, William Lucas who was 15, Tyler Clementi who was 18 were three of the teenagers John Cloud writes about that committed suicide after being cyberbullied by their classmates. Homosexuals are the easiest target for cyber bullies to attack. Asher Brown was homosexual and for this reason became a victim of cyber bullying, he couldn’t take the pressure from his classmates and committed suicide by shooting himself in the head with his stepfather’s gun. William Lucas also known as Billy was a freshman who attended Greensburg, he tried to commit suicide when he hanged himself in his family's backyard. William friends spoke to news reporters and said he’d been constantly bullied in school and through social media websites. On a Facebook tribute page, one friend left this comment: "Everyone made fun of him at...

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