Bullied 11-year-old in Trouble Over YouTube Videos

Bullying

Source: http://sportzmania.co.cc

Imagine your 11-year-old daughter, let’s call her Jessi Slaughter, becomes an active member of social media websites like 4chan and Stickam (because she’s still a bit too young for Facebook) and, because of her slightly off-kilter personality, she has a hard time making friends at school. So, she turns to cyber space to find solace with others like her.

Now imagine the same 11-year-old girl becomes victim to cyber bullying and, instead of turning to parents or an adult of authority, she posts a video ranting and raving about her “haters.”

“I’m happy with my life okay?” she says into her webcam, clad in a Blood on the Dance Floor t-shirt. “And if you can’t, like, realize that and stop hating, you know what? I’ll pop a glock in your mouth and make a brain slushy.”

She doesn’t just stop at idle violent threats though. This child continues on to tell people they should “get AIDs and die,” while reminding the viewers that they are simply “jealous” because she is “perfect in every way.”

As retaliation to the video, bullies post your home address and phone number on the Internet and you begin to get obscure phone calls, and even death threats. Police get involved and place your daughter in protective services to keep her safe.

Sounds like something straight out of a parent’s nightmare doesn’t it?

Take a look for yourself:

Unfortunately, this has become reality to two Florida parents. Gene and Diane Leonhardt, parents of Jessica  (who goes by Jessi Slaughter on the Internet), had no idea that their daughter was posting such profane and vulgar videos on the web.

“I have seen her chatting with her friends, but not making videos,” Diane told MomLogic.com in an interview last week. “I don’t know if she made these videos or not, but she says she didn’t. Right now, I am trying to figure out what’s real and what’s not.”

This isn’t the first time Jessi had found herself in the midst of bullying trouble. She has been bullied at school and was even suspended for 10 days for slapping a boy in his face.

After receiving numerous phone calls and threats, Jessi was placed in protective services, where she had to wake-up at 7am and spend her day doing schoolwork. She was not allowed the use of Internet of television, according to the house rules. Dianne said she was “angry” with the way Jessi was treated.

After all was said and done however, Jessi announced that she had no intention of logging off of her favorite websites. “I’m going to continue making my videos, I’m going to continue updating my Twitter and going on Stickam and stuff… just going to be a little more careful with who sees what I’m doing.”

But it does seem that Jessi, with the help of a therapist, is ready to turn a new leaf online. “I just want it to kind of like turn positive,” she told ABCNews.com. “And I kind of do like the attention but I don’t like so much the negative attention.”

Next week, Jessi will be getting a visit from a detective to teach her how to use the Internet safely.

“Talk to your child about cyberbullying and how bad it’s going to hurt another person,” Diane advises parents. “They don’t know or understand the dwindling-down effect of what they’ve created.”

Sources:
http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/jessi-slaughter-viral-tweens-violent-online-rant-spurs/story?id=11224731
http://www.momlogic.com/2010/07/exclusive_interview_mom_defends_11_year_old_youtube_sensation_jessi_slaughter_jessica_leonhardt_dianne_leonhardt.php

  • Emily Shore

    Is this girl's parents on drugs or MIA? I can't believe they let this little girl post videos like this let alone think in any way it's okay. Sad!

    • Paseo

      The problem are the bullies / abusers. I've been treated like garbage all my life ( I'm in my 40's – the problem isn't with me or others' – everyone are owed and entitled to respect and honour ). No one has the right to treat other's like garbage………remember, RESPECT, HONOUR AND INCLUSION ARE A GIVEN AND AN ENTITLEMENT……I forgive those who think differently, they are very sad. People must learn to listen to myself and others'……I don't mean to be so blunt, but I'm just speaking the truth ( smiles )……….

  • None

    “Imagine your 11-year-old daughter, let’s call her Jessi Slaughter, becomes an active member of social media websites like 4chan”

    What? This girl has no idea what 4chan is, she has never once been to the website.

  • Blahdeblah

    “I have seen her chatting with her friends, but not making videos,” Diane told MomLogic.com in an interview last week. “I don’t know if she made these videos or not, ***but she says she didn’t***. Right now, I am trying to figure out what’s real and what’s not.”

    After all was said and done however, Jessi announced that she had no intention of logging off of her favorite websites. “I’m going to continue making my videos, ***I’m going to continue updating my Twitter and going on Stickam and stuff***… just going to be a little more careful with who sees what I’m doing.”

    Parents aren't present, not even a little – they can't even tell when their little girl is lying to their face.

    • Alexis

      I agree that there was definitely some parenting issues in Jessi's case. It's obvious that she had the freedom to do whatever she pleased on the Internet (which is not advisable for a kid that young) and she was doing so in the privacy of her own room. At the very least, I think other parents can take away form this story and learn that they need to be more active in their kids' lives, including what they are doing online. Just because kids are at home, in their room, doesn't mean they are safe, or practicing safety.

  • Paseo

    Jessica is hurting really bad, because of the abuse of others' – she and her family have my support…………

  • Sikirulai

    l don't know where the parents were when the girl waa doing all this.However,l think parents should now begin to be more careful about what their children do online these days.

    Children are naturally curious hence their determination to explore most of the time without the possible consequences of their actions.

    The parents in this case should just warn the girl about the need to be very careful while online so that nobody would hurt her to the extent of doing things that would later hunt her or make her feel very bad about herself.

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