Week 8 Assignment
Course Project Final Draft: Cyberbullying
ENGL 135 Advance English
Prof. Jensen, Michael
February 20, 2014
Rebecca Sedwick and student in Winter Haven, FL committed suicide by jumping from the top floor of an abandoned building leading to her death after been bullied for almost a year and half by two girls over a boy. She was abused both at school and virtual none stop. The 14 year old girl and 12 year old girl both were arrested for aggravated stalking. Rebecca is one of many casualties that we deal almost every day from bullies or cyber bullies (Couwels, 2013). Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people which is estimated about 4,400 deaths per year. Bully victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims. Teens that confront any type of bullying whether is physical or virtual their academic performance decreases which later on leads to physical and mental exhaustion such as low self-esteem, suicidal ideals and so forth. Although, parents catch onto the problems that their kids are going through and try to avoid it but it’s almost impossible when you have a state or school that doesn’t want to create policies, laws or rules to protect their young people from suicide or death. Cyber-harassment is way for the bullied to have power imbalance over their victims in order to make them usable and lower their self-esteem just to raise their own. However, when parents tried to protect their kids from such harassment officers and school officials tell the parents that the kids are just expressing themselves unless the kids aren’t breaking their rights nor committing act of causing a person to someone death or a harmful situation; they are free to convey their thoughts ( Li, Donna, and Smith, 2012).
Stories, like Rebecca remind me of myself on the things that I went through middle- and high school; it’s not an easy road that we take but we...