Bullying is a severe problem that has been plaguing societies for quite some time now. Though parents and educators are trying to fight the problem, cyberbullying has still not been combated with.
Disabled high school senior found dead
18-year-old Maya Corral, a Tucson native, was found dead at her home on the 24th of August.
The high school senior was paralyzed after she got into a car crash when she was just a baby. She suffered a spinal cord injury that left her paraplegic. All she had known in her short life was her wheelchair. And to be bullied for something that was out of her control is just plain cruel.
She was called a “vegetable” by bullies online- cowards who hid behind a computer screen to taunt her.
For a mother to lose her child is one of the worst experiences in life. But to see your child cold and dead, and having to take her body down yourself… it is painful.
It’s all because of the money
The single mother, Diana, had to raise Maya by herself. Suing the manufactures of Maya’s car seat gave the family a considerable amount of money. She received $2.7 million as part of the settlement when she turned 18. She bought a home worth $500,000, but her mother says the money was a curse. Moreover, she claims that the funds attracted the wrong kind of people to her daughter.
People became friends with her just for the money. Similarly, it also attracted hate. Bullies were allegedly jealous of the new money that she had acquired. This led to more bullying. Girls who knew Maya hid behind computer screens and bullied her to no end. One of the bullies even wrote the following on Facebook. “We should roll her off a mountain and kill her and then kick her while she’s dead. And then we would throw a party.”
It is important to note that Arizona’s anti-bullying laws do not recognize cyberbullying. This, by itself, proves how cyberbullying is not considered to be a severe source of harm. Maya’s mother will have to use the existing statutes to bring the bullies who killed her daughter to justice.