Kids These Days
This week in horrible news, a California teen has committed suicide after a video of him allegedly masturbating went viral on social media.
Matthew Burdette, 14, reportedly killed himself on November 29 — not long after a classmate secretly filmed him over the top of a bathroom stall, and shared the video on Snapchat and Vine. The video, which appeared to depict Mr. Burdette masturbating, went viral, and allegedly led other kids to bully him intensely. Now, Mr. Burdette’s parents are suing his school district for not doing enough to prevent the bullying.
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Today in really, really sad news, kids these days would apparently rather endure cyberbullying than not have a smartphone or laptop, Ireland’s Independent reports.
The theory belongs to Dr. Conor McGuckin, an assistant professor in education psychology at Trinity College, Dublin. According to Dr. McGuckin, who spoke at a recent Cyber-Ethics Public Forum, kids are often scared to report cases of cyberbullying to their parents because they don’t want them to confiscate their smartphones, tablets and laptops. Instead, they’d rather suffer the torment in silence.
For the most part, teens and cell phones can be a lethal combination. Just think of all those cruel texts circulating around schools this week about what a hoe Ashley was over the summer. In the hopes of making the devices less weapon-like, the Boston Public school system is introducing a texting service on which its 60,000 students can report incidents of bullying.
Anybody who’s ever written a mildly critical article, blog post or tweet about Lady Gaga knows that her fans are some of the most fearsome, cutthroat buccaneers on the Internet. If you have the gall to ever critique Ms. Gaga, you should expect a torrent of tweets ripping apart your appearance, your writing style, your resume and probably your mom.
It’s interesting in light of the fact that the pop star is such a firm fixture on the anti-bullying bandwagon. We’ve often wondered if she notices the disconnect herself, and today, through a letter posted on the Tumblr of her Born This Way Foundation, she proved that, yes, she does notice that her fans can be dicks, and she wishes they’d quit it.
It starts with a young blonde boy, who looks to be in his early teens, his face covered in dirt and bruises, bent over on his knees kissing the pink sandals of a teen girl. The video, which was filmed in Novomoskovsk–a city in western Russia–and depicts three teens violently bullying and abusing one of their peers, has gone viral on the Russian Internet.
Yesterday, a video surfaced on Reddit that showed a man ordering a free water at a Chick-Fil-A drive-thru, then verbally bullying the employee who happily served it to him. His rage was rooted in Chick-Fil-A’s discriminatory and widely panned policies surrounding homosexuality and religion, but his behavior towards an innocent fast food employee–who exercises no power over corporate decisions–came across as petty and meanspirited.