WJTC WJTC/UTV44 - Search Results
DA Warns of Increased Suicide Threats
MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) The spot light is now on cyber bullying after two Florida teens were arrested this week for allegedly bullying a 12-year-old into committing suicide.
Rebecca Sedwick would've turned 13 this weekend, but last month she took her own life by jumping off a cement tower. Florida authorities say she had been terrorized for months leading up to her death.
The Mobile County District Attorney says this could very easily happen here. Ashley Rich says her office intervened in one case where a child threatened suicide because of the bullying happening on social media.
Rich says the constant taunting from bullies is creating an alarming problem in our area.
"We are seeing an increase in threatened suicides and attempted suicides because of cyber bullying, and that is extremely scary," said Rich. "Cyber bullying has gotten out of hand. It has absolutely has gotten out of hand."
That's why Rich started a program called Bully Blocker. It allows people to notify authorities when bullying takes place.
If you want to report bullying, text "Bully Blocker" to 839863. You will then receive a series of texts asking you some basic questions about what happened, and you can remain anonymous.