Bullying in the United States has become such an out-of-control epidemic that too many children are choosing to deal with it through suicide. Just days ago, another teen chose to end her life when her classmates shot a video of her while she was showering without her knowledge. As soon as she found out about it being posted on Snapshot, a common social media outlet for young people, she became visibly upset and expressed her grave concern to her mother. Her mom was ignorant of what was really going on and before she could make sense out of what just happened, her daughter went into her mother’s purse, took her mom’s gun with her into the bathroom and killed herself.
Her aunt later learned about the revealing video of her victimized niece after she went on social media and was messaged by concerned teens. This family is devastated and crying for justice. What has this world come to when a child is not even safe in his or her own home? Please note that this suicide victim was betrayed by classmates in the privacy of her own home. When she realized that she would no longer be able to face her peers without public shame, she apparently saw no other way out.
As helpful as social media is in many ways, including helping people to connect with long-last friends, too many irresponsible kids are ruining other peers’ lives, and in many instances, contributing to their suicides, by shaming them in front of the whole world. What has become of our society when it has become too easy to ruin someone’s life through technology? Why aren’t there more controls in place to prevent such atrocities? What will be the punishment for all those teens who were involved in filming and posting this cruel video that ruined and ended a child’s life?
Regardless of what the court system decides, another promising teen has been lost who will never graduate from high school, college, or get married, have a family and start a promising career. And how many more children will die before America wakes up and sees that the cost of social media is too high if it’s killing teens by the thousands?
The fact of the matter is, there is big business tied to social media and the mindset of business is that there will always be the risk of losses with any business venture, which includes human lives. If you don’t believe me, just take a look at the millions of abortions that have taken place in our country. Since Roe vs. Wade passed in 1973, 58 million children have been aborted. If you think this conflict is simply between conservative and liberal forces, think again. It has a lot to do with big business. The medical profession and pharmaceutical companies have become rich at the expense of 58 million murdered babies.
I bring this topic up because more innocent children are dying in record numbers via social media. This empire is well aware that children are dying at the hands of bullies who apparently pay no heed to their conscience. What have the CEO’s of social media done to curtail cyberbullying? Who has stepped forward to make it more difficult for anyone to post a revealing video of an innocent victim. The time is ripe for a total upheaval of how social media is run before more of our children are sacrificed to social media. Also, we need stiffer crimes that will send someone to prison for life who contributes to someone’s suicide, so bullies will think twice before posting something on social media that will ruin someone’s life and the lives of their loved ones. Why? Because as it stands right now, it’s too easy to ruin someone’s life.