Pros And Cons Of Cyberbullying

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On Monday, October 16, 2006, Tina Meier into her daughter’s bedroom and found an unforgettable sight in the closet. Her daughter, Megan, had just hung herself after receiving malicious messages from a mock online, social media account by the name of Josh Evans. Josh Evans’ MySpace account was managed by Sarah Drew (one of Megan’s friends whom she had recently had a falling out with), Lori Drew (Sarah’s mom), Ashley Grills (an employee of Mrs. Drew), and a few others who had gained access to the phony account’s password. Although Mrs. Drew confessed to impersonating the “16-year-old boy,” no charges were filed against her due to the lack of evidence showing that Mrs. Drew had a motive to harm Meier. Law enforcement should have pressed charges…show more content…
An argument for this would be that there are too many cyberbullies and it would be extremely difficult to punish them all. For instance, in Zoe Quinn’s online harassment case, Quinn was cyberbullied by thousands of people and received more than 200 death threats (Dewey). Although death threats should be taken seriously, it would be difficult to track down and punish all 200 people that posted those things and even more difficult to do so with the thousands of people who harassed her. There comes a point when the only option for victims is to worry less about what is said about them and more about their safety. Another argument for the inevitable end of cyberbullying would be the First Amendment. The First Amendment grants all citizens of the United States of America the freedom of speech. However, all individuals are have the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” and cyberbullying threatens all of these rights which renders the First Amendment. People are not able to live life to the fullest if they are constantly upset because of cyberbullying. Because of this, the hateful comments that are posted on the internet should be monitored closely so that all people have the opportunity to live life without the struggles of being

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