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Cyber-bullying: Two teenage girls try to drown themselves

By Lesley Lanir     Mar 1, 2012 in Internet
Ashdod - Israeli police state that two teenage girls tried to commit suicide because of cyber-bullying by drowning themselves in the stormy sea off Ashdod.
Israel's national news site Arutz Sheva reports that in the midst of last night's raging storms two teenage girls attempted to commit suicide by drowning themselves in the Mediterranean sea.
Two teenage girls 13 and 14 years of age from the coastal city of Ashdod were found unconscious floating in the water and were saved by a local person who contacted the rescue services.
According to the statement the teenagers gave the police, they are in the same class in Junior High School. They two told plice they have been harassed for years face to face and on the internet by classmates, mostly on Facebook. Apparently classmates have continually spread rumours and embarrassing stories around about them.
As reported by Arutz sheva, Ashdod’s Head of Social Services has began an immediate investigation. One of the girls has been released from hospital and the police are currently gathering evidence and intend to press charges.
In an interview with Arutz Sheva, Hana Levi Julian, a behavioural psychotherapist in Jerusalem and Arad is quoted as saying:
Bullying by classmates does not always take the traditional form of physically being pushed around, as we once thought of it. One of the worst forms of bullying is that which the Torah also condemns, and likens to murder itself -- that of embarrassing or publicly ridiculing another person.
Kids single out and target others very often, especially in school, where they have plenty of opportunity before and after class, during recess and on lunch breaks. There needs to be more staff supervision during these unstructured times, and teachers need to be trained to deal with this problem when it occurs during their classes as well -- which it does.
According to Bullying Statistics:
• More than 50% of adolescents and teens have been bullied online.
• More than 50% of adolescents and teens have engaged in cyber-bullying.
• More than 30% young people have experienced cyber threats online.
• Over 25 % of adolescents and teens have been bullied repeatedly through cell phones or Internet.
• More than 50% of adolescents and teens do not inform their parents when cyber-bullying occurs.
• A study in Britain found that at least 50% of suicides among young people are bullying related.
• 10 to 14 year old girls may be at even higher risk for suicide.
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