Aaron Carter faced ‘nonstop,’ ‘relentless’ cyberbullying before death, manager says
Aaron Carter, 18, of North Royalton, died Tuesday after being bullied and harassed over Facebook and YouTube, the manager on Wednesday said.
Police told The News Journal on Wednesday that they are investigating the death, but a person of interest has not been questioned as of Wednesday evening.
He was killed on Monday after being bullied on Facebook and YouTube, the manager said.
“It was nonstop, unrelenting cyberbullying,” said Mark O’Bryan. “This kid was on the computer for 12 hours at a time…. They were being very aggressive.”
The manager said he was speaking openly about the case to show other kids how to tell their tormentors to leave them alone.
Police said they are still investigating, but there is no danger to the community.
The boy had sent many “sick” or “terrible” status updates to his friends, according to O’Bryan.
The Facebook post said the bullying was a “slap in the face.”
“My school did nothing,” he said. “I didn’t tell them until I got home.”
O’Bryan described Carter as “a great kid” who he had worked with at the school since grade school.
“For the community it’s really hard to comprehend how this kid died. It’s just too upsetting. I guess it’s just the nature of the Internet,” he said.
The news report is a tragic reminder of the power to bully us. It is a chilling reminder that we aren’t beyond being verbally attacked. Every parent should have a Facebook page for their child.
We need to do a better job of educating our children about the dangers of online bullying, particularly around the world where bullying has become a global epidemic.
It is an issue that needs to be talked about and needs to be dealt with more carefully than it currently is.
Parents need to be held accountable when their children are bullied online, and this is not an issue that should be swept under the rug for parents to hide behind and for schools to sweep under the rug, for our kids to hide behind or hide behind a wall.
The Internet is an amazing invention that has opened up a new era of communication for the world, and the Internet is also a wonderful tool for teaching and