In a story line that has become all too common, a young woman has committed suicide due to the online bullying that takes place on social media.
Leanne Morrison of Cambusbarron, Scotland, died by her own hand on her 23rd birthday this weekend.
To make matters worse, in an example of humans behaving badly, the trolls that have been taunting Morrison for months have not stopped, even after her death, as the young mother’s suicide left friends and family devastated and in mourning.
Heartless individuals are responding with disgusting and hurtful comments and replies, as loved ones leave emotional messages on her Facebook page.
Allegedly, Leanne had suffered from depression after a recent relationship had ended, and she also believed that an ex-partner had taken up with a close friend. Coupled with the relationship issues, it is reported that someone had created a fake Tinder account under her name and was contacting guys pretending it was Leanne.
As noted, Leanne’s personal page is full of now loving posts from her family and friends. They are also asking for those people who relish in being mean – spirited to “have a bit more respect” over the “hurtful comments.” Some of the insensitive remarks have been removed, but others remain in place.
Isabel Morrison, the grandmother who raised Leanne, recalled to the Daily Record: “I spoke to her the night before her birthday when she came to get her cards and she was in a good mood and looking forward to her night out.”
The grandmother went on to say, “She told me she had an appointment to see the doctor and I think she had been suffering from depression after having a few rough times recently — but no one realized how bad it was,” adding that it was only recently that she had realized the online abuse Leanne was receiving and how much she was suffering.
Isabel Morrison said, “We are all utterly devastated. Leanne knew so many people and had so many great friends. She was the life and soul of the party and loved a night out, but she lived for her wee boy, and Mason is our main concern.”
The online bullying had been reported by Leanne to the police, according to the newspaper. It is unclear at this time if an investigation had begun.
A family member said, “It was bullies that drove her to this.” Now, her 4-year-old son, Mason, has no mother. Leanne’s sister left a message on Facebook promising to take care of Mason. Leanne’s brother posted that his sister would be “in all our hearts forever and ever.”
To help defray the cost of a funeral, a crowdfunding campaign has been started by her cousin, Jacqueline Morrison, who said, “Everyone who knew Leanne knew what a beautiful person she was inside and out and how much she loved her family and friends, especially her gorgeous son, Mason.
“Everyone who had the pleasure of knowing Leanne will have amazing memories they can cherish forever.”
In post made earlier in the year, Leanne told her bullies they’d never get to her. She wrote on her Facebook page: “Well just want to clear a few things up, not a single person will get to me with their pathetic, disgusting lies. So say and think what you want about me cause every last one of you are irrelevant.”
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