Case Study- Cyber Bullying
2 December 2010
It was 7:00 a.m., and Skylar rose out of his bed just like any other day. He got dressed, combed his hair, brushed his teeth, grabbed a pop tart and was out the door. Skylar is in the eighth grade and he has been bullied since fourth. Chris Jacobson has picked on him with his “gang” for the past four years. They tease him about his braces, the way he wears his clothes, being too skinny, and anything they can think of. On top of that, Skylar has suffered depression since his father’s sudden death when he was 10. One day, Skylar decided to get MSN messenger so he could contact his cousins, that live out of state, anytime he pleased. His mother gave him permission and he was very happy. Skylar got a friend request the day after he made it from someone named LizGirl6. He accepted and she immediately wrote “Hi, you look familiar.” He replied by asking if she went to his school and how she found him. “Elizabeth” did not go to his school, but was supposedly a friend of his older sisters. They continued to talk day, after day, after day. Skylar was feeling more confident at school, his grades were rising, and Chris was not messing with him as much as usual. Elizabeth was giving Skylar the respect he finally deserved. One night he decided he wanted to tell Elizabeth how he felt about her. He logged on MSN, saw that she was on and wrote her a message saying, “Elizabeth, I really like you and I want to meet you and hangout so that maybe we can become more than friends.” She replied, “Skylar I don’t like you, your fat and ugly.” Skylar took this hard and replied with questions like “Why were you leading me on?” and “Are you really serious?” Elizabeth wrote that he was a no good loser, he had no friends, he would never be able to get a girl, and that he was a useless piece of crap that no one cared about. The last thing Elizabeth said was, “You should go die, just like your father did.” Then she signed off. Skylar got up, ran...
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