Deceased Bullying Victim Brandy Vela Being Bullied On Social Media
It’s horrific enough that an 18-year old girl took her own life (in front of her own family) due to incessant bullying, but it’s absolutely disheartening that she continues to be bullied from the grave.
A recent article in Teen Vogue profiles the late Brandy Vela, a girl from Texas who committed suicide in early December. According to the article, Vela, who had allegedly been bullied in her life due to her weight, became the victim of intense cyber bullying in April—and Ii the weeks following her death, images have appeared on social media “showing her face on a pig and another with guns.”
The article begins below.
Last month, Brandy Vela died by suicide in front of her family after she was severely bullied over her weight. Brandy’s family walked in to her room as she was holding a gun to her chest, but they couldn’t stop her. Brandy’s death was a tragic result of her cruel classmates relentlessly bullying her. Even though Brandy has died, that bullying hasn’t stopped.
Texas station KHOU reports Brandy, who was 18 when she died, is still being cyberbullied, two weeks after her suicide. Her family told the station pages are popping up showing Brandy’s face on a pig and another with guns. This is beyond horrific, and shows the extent of the bullying Brandy endured.
Just after Brandy’s suicide, her sister Jackie told CNN Brandy had been bullied about her weight her whole life, but a period of intense cyber bullying had started in April.
“People would make up fake Facebook accounts and they would message her and she wouldn’t respond and they would still come at her,” Jackie told CNN. “They would say really, really mean things like, ‘Why are you still here?’ They would call her fat and ugly. She was beautiful, absolutely beautiful; the only thing people could find to pick on her was her weight.”
Even after her death, though, this continues, which is beyond any reason or explanation. The only thing it is is unimaginably cruel.
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