Rehtaeh Parsons (left) a 17-year-old from
Nova Scotia, Canada hung herself on April 4, 2013. Rehtaeh’s mother said her daughter killed herself because she was
bullied over a photo of her being sexually assaulted in 2011 went viral.
After a year-long investigation, police concluded there was insufficient evidence to charge the four boys in connection with the case.
On Sept. 9, 2013, 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick (right) leapt to her death from an abandoned concrete plant near her Lakeland, Fla., home. Rebecca had allegedly been bullied through social
media for one and half years. Two girls, ages 12 and 14, were charged with
felony aggravated stalking in connection with the case. Both pleaded not guilty
and charges were later dropped.
And in April 2013, three California teens were charged in relation to the alleged sexual assault of Audrie Pott, a 15-year-old who committed suicide eight days after photos of her alleged rape were passed around among her peers via social media and text message. The case against the teens is ongoing. Meanwhile, the California legislature is considering a bill that would allows school officials to expel a student who participates in cyber-bullying.