Hurt­ful so­cial me­dia post draws at­ten­tion of RCMP

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The words were dis­turb­ing. A cen­tral New­found­land woman was shocked by a mes­sage her pre- teen daugh­ter re­ceived ear­lier this week via so­cial me­dia.

The mes­sage in part read: “Ev­ery­one hates you so much. You just need that lit­tle push to sui­cide… It’s the eas­i­est way out… You’re re­ally ugly in­side and out… Do ev­ery­one a favour and end it hun.”

These words were con­tained in a screen­shot of a mes­sage that had been orig­i­nally sent to a girl with the same first name as her daugh­ter.

Some­one de­cided to send it to her daugh­ter.

The woman de­clined to of­fer de­tailed com­ment be­cause she was un­sure whether the mes­sage was in­tended to have ma­li­cious in­tent.

The RCMP in Grand Fall­sWind­sor were no­ti­fied of the post. When con­tacted by the Ad­ver­tiser, Sergeant Rod Gal­lop said they could not of­fer fur­ther con­tent be­cause the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing.

How­ever, Gal­lop did have some ad­vice for par­ents to en­sure their chil­dren are safe and act­ing ap­pro­pri­ately on­line.

He sug­gests par­ents mon­i­tor the so­cial me­dia sites their chil­dren are ac­cess­ing and what they’re do­ing on those sites.

“Par­ents need to make sure that they’re mon­i­tor­ing ac­cess that their kids have on so­cial me­dia,” he said. “Most of these so­cial me­dia sites have age re­stric­tions and ( younger kids) typ­i­cally, by the poli­cies of these so­cial me­dia sites, aren’t sup­posed to be even on them.”

A sin­gle mes­sage that is in­ap­pro­pri­ate or rude may not con­sti­tute crim­i­nal ha­rass­ment, said Gal­lop.

How­ever, the po­lice of­fi­cer stressed, “It’s not ap­pro­pri­ate. It’s hurt­ful and could be very harm­ful.”

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