Cyberbullying: 11-year-old Girl Receives Death Threats Due to Online Video Chat
Eleven-year-old Jessi Slaughter (a.k.a. kerligirl13) is now under police protection after receiving death threats from several cyberbullies. It all started when Slaughter encountered several “haters” in a live, online video chat room using a site called Stickam which hosts real-time, streaming videos. Slaughter subsequently recorded a response video to the bullies from her bedroom webcam and posted it on YouTube. The video has been dubbed an “emotional breakdown” and features her angry father threatening the cyberbullies with criminal charges. To date, the video has been seen by over 1 million viewers and is even highlighted on Comedy Central's website. YouTube user Trey.tech Media also edited a popular remix of the video to music which is featured on StickyDrama.com and even on sale at iTunes, all at the expense of 11-year-old Jessica, whose name has become a hugely popular search term on Google.
The initial online attacks against Slaughter were compounded after her street address and telephone number were posted on various Internet message boards. Soon, anonymous 911 calls led police to Slaughter’s house in the middle of the night on multiple occasions. Death threats quickly followed.
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