Teen afraid of going to school after constant cyberbullying

Teen afraid of going to school after constant cyberbullying

VANCOUVER, Wash. - A teenage girl says she is being bullied beyond belief and now she's afraid to go to school.

The girl and her mother said and there's no end in sight.

It all started over the summer. The two girls were best friends but had a falling out.

"She's multiple times told me to kill myself," Makayla, the teen, said Tuesday.

She said the bullying started with text messages in August. Then she said it went to the Internet on sites like Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.

One of the messages said: "Makayla, I hate you. I see you, and I'm enraged. (Expletive deleted) you. Kill yourself. You’re just a fail anyways. Nobody cares. (Expletive deleted) do it. Kill yourself. Cut yourself more. Starve yourself more. Die already."

Once class started at Reynolds High School Makayla said things got worse.

"She'd have her friends come up to me so I finally confronted her at school, and we got in a fight," she said. "Every day she would push me more and more to the edge."

After last week's fight, Makayla got suspended and said both girls were told they couldn't contact each other.

"It's heartbreaking. It really is," Makayla's mom, Tonia, said. "My whole goal as a parent is to protect my child."

Tonia met with the school's resource officer who she said told her to block the bully from social media sites and let them know if the harassment continued.

She said it did even after a second meeting Tuesday.

"She's gotten phone calls. People anonymously calling, hanging up, telling her she's a snitch," Tonia said.

With her daughter afraid to go to school, she doesn't think enough is being done.

"The students causing the problem need to be held responsible. Otherwise, it's not going to stop," Tonia said.

A district spokeswoman said when they met with the family Tuesday, an agreement and terms were worked out. But they wouldn't reveal the details of that. And they said there will be disciplinary action if that agreement is broken. They said they are taking steps to prevent anymore harassment.

The father of the person accused of bullying said his daughter never sent the messages, and that someone hacked into her account.

Cyberbullying is a huge problem in our high schools these days. That's why KATU has teamed up with the University of Portland to bring you a cyberbullying conference called "Take a Stand Against Cyberbullying."

It takes place next Tuesday, Oct. 2. KATU’s Deb Knapp will be joined by freshman and sophomore students, teachers and counselors from schools in our area.