July 17, 2014
Another teen humiliated on social media. Another suicide, this one in San Diego.
The death of Matthew Burdette, 14-year-old Boy Scout, water polo and wrestling team athlete, came on the heels of an embarrassing video posted on Vine and SnapChat. This led to Matthew being mercilessly teased and bullied at school.
To be fair, his tormentors were not young adults. They are kids, too.
The remarkable thing about this story is how unremarkable it is. It is depressingly similar to a dozen incidents harking back to Rutgers student, Tyler Clementi.
In the past, a rumor about someone’s private life could spread from person to person. The images of Matthew Burdette were shot out around the world, instantly. They will live on forever.