Letter: Cyberbullying — an apology

Cyberbullying is a cruel and mean thing to do. It’s a form of public humiliation and could even lead to suicide. I once cyberbullied someone. This person was a close friend of mine. Not only did I lose his friendship, I lost his trust, his family’s trust and even my parents’ trust.

What is cyberbullying? It’s making fun of someone via the internet. Making jokes, name-calling, threatening, or any other form of bullying on the web (videos, blogs, social network pages, etc.) is considered cyberbullying. As I said before, it is a public form of humiliation and has devastating effects on its victims.

The friend that I lost was really hurt when he found out that I was the cause of him being cyberbullied. I’m really sorry for doing that. It was supposed to be a joke, but it ended up really hurting him. I apologize to this person to no end.
Because I lost my best friend, I learned a lesson; a lesson everyone should learn.

Will Henry Thompson
Student, Rappahannock County High School

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  1. Will,
    First off, let me tell you how great it is you recognized that you cyberbullied another student and apologized for it. I hope that you also apologized to your friend, his parents and to your parents. Thank you for being mature and taking responsibility for your actions. It used to be that home was the only “safe” place away from the bullies. Now, with cyberbullying, kids have to worry about being bullied through their cell phones, Internet, email, social networks, and even online games everywhere they go and anytime of day. Cyberbullying isn’t just name calling, making jokes, threatening, and spreading rumors though. It includes ruining friendships by impersonating the victim, stealing passwords and locking them out of their accounts and games, creating hurtful polls online, taking pictures and sending them through texts or posting online, reporting them for Internet misuse to get them kicked off their accounts, and signing someone up for junk email, viruses, and even pornography. Schools are implementing a Zero Tolerance procedure for students involved in cyberbullying (http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/editorials/2010857333_edit22mcclure.html?prmid=obnetwork) and the students are even being suspended. Here are some surprising statistics for you:
    • Online victims are eight times more likely to report carrying a weapon to school in the last 30 days than non-bullied victims (www.makeadifferenceforkids.com).
    • Cyberbullying has led to at least 4 cases of suicide (cyberbullycide) in the U.S. and many more abroad (www.makeadifferenceforkids.com).

    From now on, we can all do our part in taking action to STOP Cyberbullying! Stop, Block & Tell!!
    Sincerely,
    Ms. Natalie Utsch, Paynesville Area High School Teacher

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