Miami, Florida, residents will surely agree that technology has improved tremendously over the past decade. Although this development has surely made life a lot easier for most people, to a select few, it has made life more difficult. Such was the case with a Florida girl, whose death and the reason behind it has received a great deal of attention, not just in Florida but across the country. Now, a number of the girl's classmates are being accused of contributing to her death.
Former schoolmates of a 12-year-old girl are now being investigated after the girl, who allegedly suffered through months of online bullying, killed herself. The girl died after jumping off the tower of an abandoned building near her home. The Sheriff's spokesperson said that suspects have been narrowed down to two or three people.
In Florida, there are laws prohibiting Internet crimes like cyberbullying and cyberstalking. The 12-year-old girl was allegedly depressed after being bullied online for several months by former classmates due to "boyfriend issues." She was mentally beaten down to the point that she allegedly had to undergo mental health therapy and homeschooling. Ironically, news of the girl's death and the controversial reason behind it spread like wildfire online.
The girl's death is indeed sad and unfortunate. But, it is important to proceed carefully when it comes to allegations and charges. Accusations of Internet crimes like cyberbullying and cyberstalking might seem minor and others may even think that they are insignificant, but they can cause serious damage to the reputation of the person being accused.
Another thing to consider is that when it comes to social media, there are times when a person is falsely accused of committing some offense, which can lead to an unnecessary implications and penalties for someone who is innocent. A Miami resident facing this kind of situation, as well as any other Internet-related crimes, will need an aggressive legal defense professional who is familiar with Internet-related laws in the state to help with the case.
Source: NBC News "Cyberbullying investigated in death of Florida girl," Barbara Liston, Sep. 14, 2013