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This Brave Bus Driver Saved A Woman From Jumping Off A Bridge

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Darnell Barton, a Buffalo bus driver, saw a woman who’d climbed over a guardrail and was leaning over traffic on the expressway below her. He knew he had to do something. Because nobody else was stopping their car, Barton wasn’t sure at first whether the woman was in distress. But he’s a former volunteer firefighter and member of the Buffalo Special Police,  He stopped the bus and approached the distressed woman, giving her a hug and asking if she wanted to come back to the other side of the guard rail. After he’d gotten her to safety and returned to his bus, he was met with applause from his 20 high school-aged passengers. What a nice reminder that sometimes people really are everyday heroes and fate puts us on one another’s paths for a reason.  I know it’s cliche, but it really does take a lot of courage to do the right thing sometimes — and this man is about as humble as people come. BRB, I’m getting seriously emotional over here. [USA Today]

Teen Girl Commits Suicide After Her Parents Wouldn’t Let Her Log Onto Facebook

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Teenagers are known for having … shall we say, dramatic … reactions to things they don’t like. But this story is beyond tragic: a 17-year-old girl in India committed suicide after her parents would not let her log onto Facebook. The college sophomore’s parents chided her for spending too much time online and talking on the phone with her friends (both of which are basically what being a teen girl is all about) and “paying less attention to her studies,” according to the Wall Street Journal. After the argument, the daughter went into her bedroom and hung herself. Her parents are understandably shocked. Keep reading »

Vivian Vosburg, Mother Of One Of Rebecca Sedwick’s Cyberbullies, Arrested For Child Abuse & Child Neglect

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“The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree,” said Florida’s Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd in regards to the announcement that Vivian Vosburg, 30, of Lakeland, FL, the stepmother of one of the cyberbullies who tormented Rebecca Sedwick, 12, before her suicide, has been charged with child neglect and child abuse. Vosburg is the stepmom of the 14-year-old girl who was arrested for aggravated stalking after Rebecca, a middle schooler, killed herself in September by jumping off a building. Vosburg was not arrested in connection to the bullying, which took the form of both in-person and online harassment; instead, Vosburg’s arrest is in connection to a video she posted on Facebook of her beating her own children. Keep reading »

Evening Quickies: Two Girls Arrested Over Suicide Of 12-Year-Old Bullying Victim Rebecca Sedwick

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  • Two Florida girls have been arrested in conjunction with the suicide of Rebecca Sedwick, a 12-year-old girl who was brutally bullied by as many as 15 classmates. Rebecca killed herself in September by jumping off the roof of a cement plant after being harassed online by other girls for over a year. Two girls, ages 12 and 14, whose identities are withheld because of their ages, have been charged with aggravated stalking. [People]
  • Kim Kardashian’s engagement ring from Kris Humphries has sold at auction for $620K. [US Weekly]
  • John Edwards’ former mistress and baby mama Rielle Hunter is republishing a “revised edition” of her 2012 book telling all about the affair. [LA Times]
  • Heidi Montag is trying to get pregnant with an “aura baby” from Spencer Pratt. Don’t ask. [US Weekly] Keep reading »

An Online Dating Site Used Pictures Of Rehtaeh Parsons, The Gang Rape Victim Who Hung Herself, To Advertise On Facebook

An Online Dating Site Used Pictures Of Rehtaeh Parsons, The Gang Rape Victim Who Hung Herself, To Advertise On Facebook

You might remember the story of Rehtaeh Parsons, the 17-year-old girl from Nova Scotia, Canada who hung herself after she was allegedly raped at a party and had a photograph of the incident passed around to her classmates. Her story was unspeakable and horrendous. Now, imagine that you’re one of her friends or loved ones and you’re scrolling through Facebook and you see her face on a popup for an online dating site. That’s exactly what happened to Rehtaeh’s mother, Leah Parsons — she found a picture of her deceased daughter advertising how to “Find Love In Canada!” for dating company called ionechat.com. You can read more of her mother’s thoughts about this tragedy in a piece she penned for XOJane. Keep reading »

15 Girls Under Investigation For Bullying 12-Year-Old Who Committed Suicide

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Listen up, rugrats: you need to cut this shit out. Bullying on social media, I mean. Just stop. And grownups: it’s your responsibility to take bullying seriously. Earlier this week, the body of 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick was found at a former cement plant in Lakeland, Florida, where she committed suicide. Rebecca was reported missing on Monday after she failed to come home from school. On Thursday, police announced that 15 teen girls had “absolutely terrorized” Rebecca over social media for over a year, even after she was pulled out of school for homeschooling and deleted her Facebook page. The girls who harassed Rebecca online continued to terrorize the Crystal Lake Middle School tween on Instagram, Ask.fm, and other sites, as recently as four days before her suicide. Laptops and cell phones belonging to 15 of the girls have been confiscated. While, obviously, the person ultimately responsible for committing suicide is the person herself, I bet these girls are wondering whether it was worth it to be so hurtful now that someone has ended up dead. This is yet another example of relentless bullying leading to a life being cut tragically short. It has to stop. It has to. [Raw StoryCBS Local]

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