Its trite but sure looks true: Social media are helping to kill Daisy Coleman.
By Yael T. Abouhalkah
The Kansas City Star
More specifically, the creeps on social media especially Facebook appear to have had a profound effect on the Missouri teenager.
And yes, its abundantly true that the alleged sexual assault of Coleman in 2012 is the real cause of her current problems, the real reason she seems to have become the target of some hatred on social media.
It would be better for all if Daisy and Melinda, her mom, were able to completely shut out social media, just to make the temptation go away to pay any attention to it at all.
As The Star reported this week, Coleman was recovering from a suicide attempt.
Robin Bourland, a longtime acquaintance of the Coleman family, said Coleman was being treated at a Kansas City hospital after ingesting pills Sunday evening.
The Star reported: According to Bourland, the incident stemmed from online harassment that Daisy Coleman, 16, received after attending a party over the weekend. A disparaging Facebook post generated additional harsh attacks, said Bourland, and it just escalated from there.
Just Google Daisy Coleman or get on Twitter and look for certain accounts and you can get linked to some vile stuff being said about the 16-year-old.
Its the ugly, vicious side of social media.
Its the side we all know exists and that, for many people, can be ignored.
But a teenager who has been through a horrible, horrible event in her life apparently is unable to pull the plug on social media.
So in this case the victim is unfairly having to bear the blame for simply trying to get on with her life. So sad.