Erin Gallagher, a 13-year-old Irish teen committed suicide after being tormented about her looks and her weight on social networking sites. The teenager had allegedly warned her tormentors that she was intending to commit suicide just 24 hours before her death.
"U prob think it was funny when [I] f**in put a rope round my neck cause of yous [sic]," she wrote in her post on ask.fm, a popular social networking site. Her comment is directed to an anonymous person who had been bullying her. Gallagher’s death is the third high-profile suicide case within the past month linked to cyber bullying, which is quite alarming.
Earlier this month, Canadian teen Amanda Todd committed suicide after enduring years of online and offline bullying. In her last video posted on YouTube before taking her own life, she had described how she was harassed and taunted.
Another case of cyber bullying came a few weeks ago when 15-year-old Irish teen Caira Pugsley, took her life after being bombarded with hate messages on ask.fm.
In wake of Erin Gallagher’s death a Facebook tribute page named ‘Rip Erin Gallagher’ has been made by her friends and family to honor her life.
It is appalling to see the number of cases of bullying and harassment that children and teenagers face online. In the past, bullying was only limited to schools, but the increasing number of teen suicides because of cyber bullying shows a disturbing phenomenon on the rise.