Having been on the receiving end of bullying growing up, I have a soft spot for those who must endure other’s senseless ridicule. What is very sad is when a poor choice in life by someone, not thinking in the long term, becomes fodder for the bullies who just cannot let it go, and that person becomes so upset that they take their own life. This was the case with a truly beautiful young lady from our area. She made a poor choice to send a naked photo of herself to a boyfriend. Before long that photo was everywhere. I’m not certain of the details as to how the photo(s) made their way around, but if I had to guess I’d say a jealous girlfriend of the boy? Who knows, the point is that to take those photos and circulate them like that, in my opinion, makes the one circulating them partially guilty in her life ending.
It is particularly sad to me because when the story broke, I noticed that the young lady looked a lot like my baby girl. I’ll let you decide that for yourself. Similar hair style, color and beautiful smile, just an all around pretty young lady. Such a tragic loss of a young life because of the black hearted, evil spirited individuals I can only imagine were jealous of her.
My daughter is beautiful, both outside and inside. She is one of the most giving, kind hearted people I have ever known. She has such a gentle spirit and would do anything for anyone in need. My baby girl has had her share of bullying over the years, it happens to pretty people. Especially those with soft hearts. Jealousy is one wicked, ugly disease.
What strikes me as even sadder about this situation is that my daughter has been bullied and stalked by a girl who became enraged when my daughter began seeing a guy who told her he was single. It depends if you listen to him or the girl stalking my daughter, the boy’s ex-girlfriend, as to his attachment status at the time. The attacks came hard and heavy after it was found out my daughter was seeing him. And yes sleeping with him. She is an adult, he is an adult, it was a mutual choice. The ex even went so far as to make slanderous statements that my daughter was a whore and contracted HPV from the young man, supposedly that he received as a lovely gift from the former girlfriend. After extensive testing, my daughter’s doctor informed her that no, she herself does not have HPV, nor has she ever had it. Seems you have antibodies in your system if you did. For the past year she has endured tests periodically to confirm this.
At first I felt bad for the young woman (this is not one I can call a lady by any stretch of the word and you’ll understand why here shortly), to not only have this disease but to have had this young man cheat on her, if that is in fact what he did. He says no, she says yes. He claimed she was a psycho, and based on her behavior I’d have to say that is the case. She was supposedly disowned by her own father for a while, because being the victim of bullying herself, she went off the deep end and landed in a pysch ward somewhere. But I have stopped feeling bad for her because it has been a year since my daughter was with this young man, and this girl just cannot leave her be. Constant veiled and not so veiled references on twitter, following her and I on Pinterest, and making continued unkind remarks whenever it seems she gets bored.
Recently a nude photo of my daughter, taken in a moment where she herself lacked clear judgement, has made its way around. We now know how, as not everyone this young ex-girlfriend turned stalker thinks is her friend is really such. In fact they were so appalled that after losing someone to suicide for such an act, that my daughter’s bullying stalker herself would go and do such a thing. We’ve learned that texts and images in texts are like anything on the Internet and in cyberspace, they carry digital fingerprints that make them easily traced back to their origins. We’ve given very serious thought to legal action, as it seems to be the only way to get this person to stop. Ignoring her only fuels her fire, as does taking return shots at her. For a while my daughter even removed herself from Facebook and Twitter, only to have this girl’s friends begin texting and calling her. My guess is she is still in serious need of psychiatric assistance.
Yes, in case you haven’t figure it out, this girl, the bully, seems she was friends with the young lady from the article. She lost a friend because bullies couldn’t leave her alone and then circulated nude photos. And yet, there she is doing exactly the same thing! What a horrible way to honor a friend’s memory when their life ended in such tragic means. I am betting the deceased girl’s parents would be so proud of their daughter’s friend. Frankly it makes me sick to think she could suffer the loss of someone and have such an evil, black heart as to repeat what took her friend, on someone else. Oh yes, jealousy IS indeed a disease, it eats the heart and soul.
My daughter will be the first to admit, she is a Christian, but a work in progress. She has made mistakes, but then haven’t we all? But she continues to follow the Lord and try hard to be the person she knows she should be. When we talked tonight while she visited, we talked about how sad it is that this girl could lose a friend that way, then turn around and do the same thing. That anyone’s soul could be so empty and evil, so full of bitterness and unkindness. And then my baby girl reminded me that we need to just pray for this young woman, as God has said:
[ Love Your Enemies ] “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
So, I have agreed with her, that while we are still uncertain about moving forward on pressing charges, we will indeed pray for this girl. And certainly I would ask my readers that are believers to also keep her in your prayers. And from this point forward we won’t mention her again, here or on twitter, no tweets or posts even remotely aimed her way, and we will hope that in time she will move on with her life to better pursuits than attacking others, and that God will change her bitterness to happiness and joy in her life.