Parry Aftab Rumors Completely Untrue; Result of Malicious Attack
NEW YORK (CBS) Days after an 11-year-old girl from Florida known online as "Jessi Slaughter" became the center of a cyberbullying frenzy, the expert who appeared on Good Morning America to talk about the case apparently became the next target of the notorious Internet message board "4chan."
According to Gawker, 4chan, a website that allows for the anonymous posting of images and comments, spent the entire day targeting cyberbullying expert Parry Aftab, harassing her by creating bogus online rumors and distributing her personal information.
Aftab describes herself as "a US lawyer, child advocate and expert in all aspects of cyberlaw."
Jessi Slaughter - whose real name is Jessica Leonhardt - also appeared on Good Morning America Thursday and said that the escalating bullying began with postings aimed at her, regarding her alleged sexual history. In response, she said she used her webcam merely as a way to vent.
However, the seventh grader's attempts to get her alleged harassers to back down failed miserably, fueling a viral spiral that features her own profanity-laced YouTube videos; these, in turn, have led to death threats and a psychological evaluation of her.
State police are now investigating the alleged bullying and insisted "Jessi" be sent to a mental heath facility because they believed she might be suicidal.
In an ironic twist, the 11-year-old told GMA at the end of her interview, "I think that's completely wrong that people would taunt people to some degree that they would actually kill themselves over it. And that's actually completely wrong and whoever is doing it should be locked away for a really long time."
"Jessi Slaughter" is currently undergoing counseling and said she just wants to be left alone.
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