I know you have heard of cyberbullying, but have you ever heard of R.I.P. Trolls? I have never even heard of that until today. Apparently there are people out there with hearts as cold as ice and as small as a grain of sand, no, even smaller than that, so they troll R.I.P. memorial pages and say something nasty to the deceased person. As if things weren’t bad enough for them while they were alive, they are still being bullied after death.
I have three examples. Naturally I had to pixelize all of the names and their images, not just to protect the innocent victims, but also to protect the bully. Yes you heard me right, I wouldn’t want the bully to come after me for posting their name and then turn around and call me the bully for showing their name despite the fact that they are the bullies.
This “Stay at home dad” decided it would be funny to share a page called Zombie… (the person’s name has been in the news and her mother was not convicted of murder, you know who I mean) with an abortion survivor’s timeline. Who would create a page calling someone a zombie after they were allegedly murdered by their mother who got acquitted? What kind of person does such a thing? Well, I went to click on that page to report it and it was already gone, so one down…
This was posted on a justice page for a child who was recently murdered while wearing a hoodie in Florida. The message is “Taste the rainbow, (name omitted) I wonder what flavor of hollowpoints got dug out of his chest!” What sick bastard would post this? I reported that person for posting that image on that R.I.P. memorial page. Take a look at some of the comments. The first one says “that’s not funny bitch” and she replied, but the comment is gone now so apparently she thought twice about what she was saying and removed it, who knows. The second person asked if this was supposed to be funny and the third person laughed. What is this world coming to when people laugh at a picture like this?
This person was just downright disrespectful to many R.I.P. pages. What kind of person does this?
I love computers and I love the internet, but when people sit in their house with total anonymity and post hateful things like this, there has to be some recourse. You can’t just think that it’s OK to be an asshole and nothing will happen. You can’t go up to a person and start calling them names without being slapped or punched in the face, so why would you go on the internet and type hurtful comments on their Facebook wall, especially after they died? You wouldn’t like it if you died and someone typed “LOL u died” on your memorial page would you? Think about other people’s feelings, put yourself in their shoes before you post negative comments like that, because someday that might be your R.I.P. page.
If you want to see who is posting these hateful things, join the Facebook page “United Against RIP Trolls and Cyberbullies.” Click LIKE and scroll through their page and start reporting the bullies because that is the only way we are going to rid Facebook of all the hate. When Facebook see’s that people are reporting them, their accounts will suddenly disappear. Perhaps one day cyber bullies will be held accountable for their actions.
Check this article out. It was written/posted on April 3rd 2012. Anti-bully law could turn trolls into criminals. I don’t believe in censorship because we all have a first amendment right to free speech, even if it’s hate speech, but where do we put our foot down and say that there is a huge difference between the two? There needs to be a discussion about where we draw the line with hate speech because I just can’t see why the law would protect people who want to insult other people for shits and giggles.