The past two weeks two deaths have occurred that have captured Australian media attention.
Today the news broke that Amy Winehouse had passed away at the age of 27, in her London apartment (circumstances of death are currently unknown). It saddens me to think that to a majority of people their perceptions of Winehouse will forever be associated with check-ins to rehab for drug and alcohol addiction, rather than her amazing talent.
Last week a young teenager, Daani Sanders committed suicide over cyber bullying. The attacks had been launched through Facebook page: Hills Goss. This page was recently taken down due to the incident. I had added this page to my account because all of my friends had joined it – and being from the area I wanted to have a little snoop. However, once I looked on the site it was nothing more than 15 year-olds anonymously publishing ridiculous gossip and young boys claiming they have larger “assets” than they probably do. All-in-all this page didn’t take to my interest as I didn’t know anyone the gossip was about, and there was no substance behind any of the claims. There was a few posts that I did take notice on because particular names came up quite frequently that involved incest and defamatory statements, including Daani.
Not only was this news of her taking her own life heartbreaking as is, but the memorial Facebook pages had been attacked by trolls* saying awful things like “She deserved it” and posting offending pictures. After reading through not even a full page, I felt physically ill at the disrespect they had shown to not only Daani but her grieving friends and family. My heart goes to them, and I hope that it doesn’t take another life to realise that bullying does more harm than one can imagine.
Call the 24 hour Help Line: 13 11 14 or visit http://www..lifeline.org.au
Rest in peace, Amy Winehouse and Daani Sanders.
trolls* – One who posts a deliberately provocative message to a newsgroup or message board with the intention of causing maximum disruption and argument.