Erin Gallagher committed suicide over the weekend after being tormented over her looks and her weight on social networking websites.
Erin is the third high-profile suicide within the past month, which is quite worrying.
Apparently, Erin was being bullied online, like so many young kids these days. She even alluded to committing suicide just 24 hours before her death.
"U prob think it was funny when [I] f**in put a rope round my neck cause of yous [sic]," she wrote. The post was aimed at someone who was anonymous, which begs the question of whether or not Erin ever met her tormentor face-to-face.
If you read about Amanda Todd, you'll remember that her tormentor was someone in another state who wanted her to flash him and bullied her endlessly when she didn't do other things he asked.
It's sad when a child or teen can't even go online without being bullied. Years ago, the bullying was limited to schools and didn't extend to a child's home life. Obviously that has changed in a big way.
Do you think there is any way that social networking sites can help to end bullying and as a result stop more suicides? If only Erin Gallagher knew just how much more there was to life and how much she will be missed by her family and friends.
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