Cyberbully schoolgirl ‘disciplined’
THE teen at the centre of a cyberbullying video has been disciplined and will be getting counselling and psychosocial support.
She has become the butt of jokes on social media, with scores of memes and comments posted about her.
By yesterday afternoon the video she made, in which she intimidated, verbally assaulted and threatened a 14-year-old girl at Groote Schuur High, had been viewed 212 080 times on Facebook.
The two have mutual friends at Groote Schuur High, who have been suspended pending an inquiry.
The victim had used one of the other girl's Instagram accounts and after abusive WhatsApp voice notes were exchanged at the weekend, it culminated in the video.
Education MEC Debbie Schäfer’s spokesperson, Jessica Shelver, confirmed the girl would get counselling and had been disciplined.
Shortly after the girl posted an apology on Facebook yesterday, she followed it up with another post, this time going after her critics. She told her “haters” they did not faze her and that she would not judge them if they were in a similar situation.
Clinical psychologist Ruth Petty said it's important to unpack the reasons why the person is a bully. It could be attention-seeking or possible feelings of inadequacy.
Petty said counselling for the girl and her family was key, but the girl first needed to correct her behaviour and actions.
On her website, Sharon Knowles, chief executive of cybersecurity company Da Vinci Forensics and co-founder of the Da Vinci Foundation, a non-profit organisation that educates and provides assistance to the public on issues such as cyberstalking, says to stop cyberbullying there has to be a resource that involves education and the types of actions that can be taken.