Local authorities raise bullying awareness after teen commits suicide
POSTED: Monday, January 6, 2014 - 6:07pm
UPDATED: Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 8:51am
EL PASO (KTSM) — Family and friends are mourning the loss of a 14 year old girl, a victim of cyber bullying. Viviana Aguirre posted a suicide note on her Facebook page right before taking her own life.
Authorities are now trying to raise awareness about the importance of prevention.
The El Paso County Sheriff's Anti-bullying Coalition was created back in 2011 to help battle bullying, today they say, though cyber bullying is hard to monitor, it is a problem.
Aguirre was a student at Ysleta High School. It was last Thursday when her family and friends found out of the suicide after dealing with constant cyber bullying.
"It wasn't going so well and other people just got into it and just made her feel horrible about it," Aguirre’s close friend Athenns Seijas said.
Authorities said they are investigating the incident that happened at Aguirre’s home in the lower valley. But for her friends it's hard to understand.
"It's just really sad that she passed away and if I could try to stop the reason why as in cyber bullying, I would but I can't." Aguirre’s close friend Kaliah Cadena said.
The coalition said it's hard to monitor bullying because it's not a specific charge or a criminal offense, but they know it is a problem because local schools are requesting more presentations on the subject and raising awareness starts with parents.
"Especially parents just listen to your kids we know our kids let's pay attention to them and when we see that change bring them in and say mijo and mija what's the problem?" Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Eddie Campa said.
Students said bullies should think twice before acting because the consequences may be devastating.
"They push them and when they have no way to get out of that corner they'll do something they'll regret," Seijas added.
"I think it's just becoming an easier chance to get people like Viviana who are very happy but yet very vulnerable." Cadena concluded.
Authorities are recommending parents monitor their children closer and if you suspect of a bullying case don't hesitate to report it to school officials.