Saturday, October 12, 2013

Mother Uses Social Media to Fight Daughter's Bullies.

This is Shea's story. She's an 18-year-old high school student who has the mental functioning of an 8-year-old due to a brain injury at birth.

Recently, she has been receiving threatening and vicious text messages from fake phone numbers.

So her mother has gone to the press. Her story has been in several venues.

She has started a Facebook page. It has over 25 000 likes.

I suspect it's just a matter of time before the bullies are uncovered.

What I like about this is that Shea does not remain a "victim". This is very proactive.

It does not rely on the authorities nabbing the culprits to get them to stop.

In my experience, bullies are very shame-averse. They are easily embarrassed. They project their own insecurity onto others. They would be ashamed of being mentally disabled, so they pick on kids who are mentally disabled. It reaffirms their status as non-"retards" (sorry, but that's the real word). And of course that makes them better human beings than everyone else.

Collective shaming can be a very effective tool in silencing a bully.

I have a hunch that the culprits will not breathe a word that they've done this (if they have any brains). They must know that they will be lynched in social media if their identities are discovered.