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Ovation: Alex Boston Fights Back … And Sues Her Cyberbullies.

05/02/2012

Kids can be really mean.  I know that I did my share of “picking” but I was more often than not the kid that was “picked on”.  Kids were relentless with their verbal assaults and my sharp tongue kept me ahead of the pack on most occasions.  There were fights on the playground and someone was always kept after school for detention.  Discipline was swift and effective.  A close eye was kept on the few bad apples and the rest of us where left to, essentially, fend for ourselves.

“You’re an emo!”
“I know you are but what am I?”
“Don’t be stupid!”
“I know you are but what am I?”
“Stop it!”
“I know you are but what am I?”
“I’m telling!!”
“I know you are but what am I?”

The only time I ever got into a fist-fight was with a girl named Gina who pushed me too far and poured a box of Jell-O crystals in my hair when I was under the monkey bars.  I punched that girl hard and pulled her hair until she screamed for help.  I’ll never forget sitting in the principal’s office shaking the colored powder onto the floor as I removed it with Gina’s hairbrush.  Back then, there was no such thing as cyberbullying … all we had was pushing and shoving.  And parents weren’t always involved.

Times have changed.

Alex Boston of Acworth, Georgia is suing two of her classmates who incessantly bullied her with a Facebook page as well as their parents who provided their Internet service and computers.  Most states, including Georgia, have laws against cyberbullying, but most don’t cover bullying that occurs off of the school’s campus.  This girl’s school couldn’t help her, they wouldn’t even tell her attorneys the names of the other girls’ parents, so the two were served papers in school.

This brave little girl, with her supportive parents, is taking action.  Her lawsuit claims defamation and libel for false statements and the use of her identity for the web page.  She is seeking a jury trial and punitive damages.  While she probably won’t win a big settlement, she’ll certainly make a point and set a precedent.  And, by including the parents of the cyberbully classmates, the suit might prove that they should also be held accountable for the actions of their child.

Alex doesn’t want any other kids to have to go through what she’s endured.  I think she sets a good example for other children … and their parents … by showing that it’s possible to fight back.

Without involving Jell-O, of course.

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6 Comments
  1. Good for her.

    This has to stop. Seriously, how many more young people have to die because they’re terrified to go to school, or answer their phone, or go online, before parents and schools and administrators DO something?

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    I very strongly believe that children do not need and should not have unsupervised internet access, at least through Jr high.

    WTF does a kid need a smart phone for?

    Do you know the current average age an American child is exposed to pornography? It is 8 yrs old. Easily done on the bus with a phone.

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  3. It’s a shame it had to come to that. How are parents not moderating what goes on Facebook? I would be reading everything my son says on there. Do they not also see that reflects so poorly on them? Ugh! My kid is young but if he thinks for a moment that bullying is appropriate he’s in for some hurt feelings. I’m not against standing up for one’s self I’ve been in school yard fights but I was always taught that I am not allowed to initiate anything and never pick on other kids. It’s also kind of bad that porn is so available to kids. I don’t think it’s healthy for them to be exposed so early. I’m not a prude and I’m not uptight but it is ridiculous. A child’s mind is not ready they are far to innocent. Oh I dread my little boy getting older.

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    • I think a whole lot of parents will pay a whole lot more attention to what their kids are doing if they learn that they could be held financially liable for the actions of their children. If kids can sue the parents of their tormenters and WIN, I imagine there will be significantly fewer tormenters.

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  4. YES! Finally, parents being held accountable for the things their kids do. My wife’s nephew is a little terror right now, and not only does his mom not do anything to discipline him, but she prevents other adults from teaching him right from wrong too! That kinda kid is the kind that’s gonna grow up and be a major jerk.

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