17-year-old boy in Oregon says cyberbullying led to suicide attempt

This sad story is about a 17-year-old in Portland that attempted suicide, after a series of personal letdowns and a cyberbullying campaign.

What I want to highlight here is a quote from the mother:
“It’s acceptable to kids to do this. That they look at it as power,” said Marcus’ mother, Lori Bielenberg. “Look at what I can do to somebody else. I can destroy somebody or I can make somebody just with a few postings, and look at how much drama I can create in the school all with the push of a button.”

This hits the nail on the head. The sad part is – the parents of these kids doing the bullying are missing in action or just oblivious to what is going on. I guarantee the parents of the kid(s) who was tormenting Marcus online had zero clue as to what their child(ren) were doing. To me, that is the root of this problem and a classic 21st century parenting FAIL.

Parents, it’s up to you to prevent crap like this. Don’t let your child be a cyberbully. Monitor what they do online. Be in the know of what they are doing online… how they represent themselves and how they treat others… especially if they are hiding behind a curtain of anonymity online and bullying another child!

June 24, 2013
Boy, 17, says cyberbullying led to suicide attempt
By Anna Canzano, KATU

PORTLAND, Ore. – Marcus Bielenberg knows he made a mistake.

He knows trying to take his own life was a permanent solution to a short-term problem.

“I would put a status on Facebook and someone who doesn’t really like me very much would comment on it and they would start drama and it would just get worse,” said Marcus. “They would start bullying me.”

The 17-year-old said the cyberbullying, along with the death of his dog and some bad grades at school, led to his suicide attempt.

He said the cruel comments manifested into a fake Facebook profile that used his name and photos. The person or people behind the fake profile posted mean things about his friends, Marcus said. He tried to convince them that he wasn’t the source of those comments, but his friends wouldn’t believe him. [READ FULL STORY]

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