11 year old Jessi Slaughterâ€™s Good Morning America, 4Chan cyber bulling story is all over the web today after she waged an intense battle online. Check out videos and read more about the story here.
Jessi Slaughter (not her real name) is an 11 year old who had become a microcelebrity on the internet by posting videos of herself. Soon people began leaving hateful comments and Jessi retaliated. She posted a video saying, “I read the comments. I read the messages, and I reply to them. But, you know what? I don’t give a f**k. I’m happy with my life, OK?” She said they should all get AIDS and she’ll “put a Glock in their mouths and make a brain slushy.â€ť
Apparently that didnâ€™t go over so well with the â€śhatersâ€ť either, and soon her real information â€“ name, address, phone number, and social networking sites were all over the internet, along with rumors such as â€śJessi Slaughterâ€™s dad gave her PCP.â€ť She was prank called, had pizzas sent to her house, and Encyclopedia Dramatica even has a three part section on “How to troll” Jessi: 1) “There are pics of her holding her boobs” 2) “Tell her to kill herself” 3) “Tell her dad that we are going to beat her up.”
She and her family again retaliated, making a video with them all yelling. Jessi was crying hysterically saying that they have “ruined her life,” and she has been having emotional breakdowns, one-after-another.”
She is now at home and under police protection, along with a court order forbidding her from using the internet.
Forums such as 4Chan and Tumblr have been blamed with the cyberbullying. The problem with the internet is people feel they can say or do anything because they have such anonymity. Sure, Jessi was wrong in things she said, but her words did not hurt any one individual. Her words, while cruel and wrong, were aimed at the people directing comments towards her, but not towards one single person. But now people are setting out to torment an 11 year old, hundreds upon thousands of people are directing hate towards her, and she is surely suffering.
Jessi Slaughterâ€™s, Good Morning America 4Chan video is posted below. Jessi is getting some counseling and seems to be coping well.
IMO, Jessi is too young to have free access to posting whatever she wants on the internet, fake name or not.