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This is for all those "It's online, it's not real" idiots out there - Journal of Omnifarious

Nov. 12th, 2007

03:30 pm - This is for all those "It's online, it's not real" idiots out there

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Young girl dies after rival's parents create fake MySpace boy to woo, then slam her.

I know of quite a few people who think that being a verbal bully online is just fine because, you know, it's "just words" and it's "not real". I always found that attitude really horrible, especially since it often came from people who were bullied physically when they were children.

My attitude towards this behavior just got a lot worse.

Of course these parents will probably get off a lot lighter than a pedophile would. That is if they even ever get charged with anything.

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From:eonen
Date:November 13th, 2007 12:13 am (UTC)
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Yeah, that's a pretty shitty thing to do to a person.

I've endured more than my fair share of abuse online; thankfully, I take a rather, hmm...detached view of it, I guess. Most of the mean things people say online are things they'd NEVER have the guts to say in person, and for some reason knowing that makes it easier to take.

But that sure as hell doesn't justify it.
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From:omnifarious
Date:November 13th, 2007 12:23 am (UTC)
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*nod* I know what you mean. But that detachment takes a certain amount of maturity and perspective. The victim in this case was 14, and her tormentors were adults who should definitely have known better.

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From:eonen
Date:November 13th, 2007 12:25 am (UTC)
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Yes, it's very true.

If they had an issue with the child, they should have informed her parents and let them deal with it; taking matters into their own hands was--obviously--the wrong thing to do.
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From:hourglassfull
Date:November 13th, 2007 02:25 am (UTC)
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... what the fuck!?

I wish I had no idea how painful something like this is, but people did this kind of shit to me all the time when I was in high school. It was bad enough when boys pretended to like me just to make fun of me later, but for the parents to do this shit!? You're right. They should be charged with harassment and child endangerment. Too bad "emotional battery" isn't a real charge. I hope the parents at least file a civil suit. It wouldn't bring their daughter back but it might bring at least a little bit of justice to the assholes that did this.
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From:rebeccax
Date:November 13th, 2007 02:42 am (UTC)
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Unreal. What kind of people spend time dicking around with internet profiles to harass a child?! People abuse the anonymity of the internet way too much. I wish the parents would file a civil suit as well.
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From:somewoman
Date:November 13th, 2007 07:40 pm (UTC)
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That is absolutely disgusting. What kind of adult fucks with the mind of a child like that?!
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From:memegarden
Date:November 14th, 2007 06:25 am (UTC)
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Completely messed up. Evil bastards. The poor girl; like real teenagers on the Internet aren't capable of being mean enough.
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