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Because of the embarrassing video | Cyber bullying drives boys (14) to their deaths
Matthew Burdette from San Diego (USA) was a happy and fun-loving boy!
Then from one day to the next he took his own life. Because of a video that a classmate had posted on the Internet! It showed Matthew masturbating.
The 14-year-old was a member of the water polo and wrestling team at his school until two weeks before his death. He was also an avid boy scout.
On the day that changed everything, his teacher kicked him out of the class. Because he ate sunflower seeds!
Then Matthew strolled aimlessly through the building. Finally he went to the boys bathroom.
There a classmate filmed how he put his hand on himself. He then posted Matthew's video on Vine, Snapchat and other social networks.
The clip spread like wildfire.
"It went viral," Matthew's aunt told News 10. “It went way beyond his school. All of California. Neighborhood kids who didn't go to Matthew's school saw the video. "
The next two weeks made the teenager's life hell, she said. Then Matthew decided he didn't want to live anymore.
On the morning of November 29, 2013, he was found dead by his mother. He never told his parents about the video. But one piece of paper said: “I can no longer go to school. I don't want to kill myself, but I have no friends. "
Matthew's harrowing story affects a lot of people on social networks!
No help for victims of bullying
When the parents contacted the school about the suicide, the school refused to provide any further information. According to the Los Angeles Times, they weren't even told whether the boy who posted the video was even punished. According to the parents, the school knew about the video but did nothing to end the psychological terror.
California Safe Place to Learn Act requires county employees to protect students from bullying.
The parents are now demanding $ 1 million in damages from the San Diego School District.
Rationale: “From the moment the video was posted, Matthew was mercilessly bullied, teased, and harassed by the other students. Because of the embarrassment and humiliation caused by the video and its distribution, Matthew committed suicide. "
The school district rejected the Burdettes' request. The parents have six months to file a lawsuit.
The student who posted the video on the Internet is said to have been punished in the meantime. However, the Burdettes made it clear that they are not mad at the boy. They want to point out the dangers of cyber bullying.
An important concern: The sad fate of Matthew Burdette is unfortunately not an isolated incident!
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