Many people are using technology to dispense all the evil that is within their hearts. And as a result, families are forced to bury their loved ones.
One college student, Tyler Clementi, experienced such evil when his roommates “allegedly used a webcam to secretly broadcast his dorm-room sexual encounters with another man.”
18-year-old Clementi was a timid individual who attended Rutgers University. He was a sophomore with goals and ambition.
However, his roommates supposedly tormented this young man until he “jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge.”
According to prosecutors, “Dharun Ravi of Plainsboro, N.J., and Molly Wei of Princeton, N.J., both 18-year-old freshmen, transmitted a live image of Clementi having sex on Sept. 19 and that Ravi tried to webcast a second encounter on Sept. 21, the day before Clementi’s suicide.”
Now those students have been “charged with invasion of privacy” and could face up to five years behind bars.
Tyler Clementi is not the only person who chose to commit suicide after being bullied via the Internet, cell phone, and other technologies.
Megan Meier, a 13-year-old, “hanged herself” four years ago after received “messages on MySpace.”
Alexis Pilkington, a college student, was another person who ended her own life because of cruel messages.
Not too long ago, Phoebe Prince, 15, also committed suicide because of constant bullying.
“Northwestern District Attorney Elizabeth Scheibel said 15-year-old Phoebe Prince of South Hadley was stalked and harassed nearly constantly from September until she killed herself Jan. 14.”
Parents need to continue to teach their children about being responsible online. Research has shown that more and more children are being taunted and hassled on the Internet.
“The Associated Press found at least 12 cases in the U.S. since 2003 in which children and young adults between 11 and 18 killed themselves after falling victim to some form of “cyberbullying.”
We all can become wicked if we choose to be that way. However, while many of us are choosing to act civilized, others are using technology to poison humanity.