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Cyberbullying: Tiffani Maxwell's Story

Updated on April 9, 2019

Never Forget

2011 Bullycide Victim

Tiffani Maxwell was 16-years-old when she became a victim of bullycide in January of 2011. Tiffani shot herself due to being a victim of bullying at school and rumors created about her. It combines cyberbullying and face-to-face bullying at her school. She lived in Portersville, PA with her family.

Sandy, her mother, stated that the bullying was focused on aspects such as being accused of being someone who was using drugs. The rumor was actually used to falsly accuse and report her for illegal drug use that resulted in the school expelling Tiffani. After the expulsion, Tiffani started recieving text messages that said, "You are in rehab" and "You're on drugs".

Text messaging used to harass another person is another form of cyberbullying. Any use to threaten, harass, and negatively impact another individual through technology (texts, facebook, twitter, other social networking sites, and instant messaging) are all a form of "new" bullying with the advances in such tenchonology.

Tiffani was a Junior at Slippery Rock High School when she took her own life. She had attended the Presbyterian church of Prospect.

Tiffani loved horses, especially her own horse she had named 'Sunshine'. Her other interests included, but not limited to, barral racing, cooking, baking, and spending a lot of time sharing these enjoyments with her family. She was into the outdoors, loved to ride quads, and her favorite sports team was the Boston Celtics.


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CAUSE: Peer Pressure Against Bullying

Since Tiffani's death her parents have been proactive in addressing and tackling the issue of bullying in today's society. It addresses the consequences of the bullying that children and teenager's are victim too every year. The CAUSE is Peer Pressure Against Bullying and you can go to the link provided and join over ten thousand others in taking a stand against bullying.

I am proud to have joined this caused and shared it on my facebook as well as the facebook pages of those that I have supported or "liked" in support of others that have been victimized, including the most recent suicide of Amanda Todd. I hope that you do too and spread the world to everyone you know as word of mouth and loud voices are all you need to make a change in the world.

The purpose of this cause is to stop the bullying epidemic. This being made possible by raising awareness among our society. It promotes kindness to others and not bullying behaviors.

NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE: 1-800-273-TALK


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  • abbykorinnelee profile imageAUTHOR

    Abigayle Korinne 

    6 years ago from Plymouth WI

    I don't know why the rumor thing is so funny to them, more often than not everyone knows if its true or not. That's what this bullying increase feels like to me...the witch trials.

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    SandCastles 

    6 years ago

    Spreading false rumours is a particularily vicious way to bully someone. People have to be discerning and not simply believe gossip because most of the time it isn't based on truth. The witch trials haven't gone away; people are still falsely accused and symbolically burnt at the stake.

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    Abigayle Korinne 

    6 years ago from Plymouth WI

    I am going to check on the statistics for this year when the new year rolls around, I am curious as to the increase or decrease of the rates of the suicides now that bullying is in mainstream media

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    VeronicaInspires 

    6 years ago

    I was thinking the SAME thing last night Abby! I was bullied as a child and even into my adult years, but I never thought about taking my life. I can't imagine what it's like for these kids...they're obviously hurting...

  • abbykorinnelee profile imageAUTHOR

    Abigayle Korinne 

    6 years ago from Plymouth WI

    I remember how bad it was for me with regular bullying...I can't image it being like it is now. They have it worse than we did

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    TNSabrina 

    6 years ago

    This is such a tragic and heartbreaking story. I wish teens knew how hurtful their words can be. The teen years are such a confusing time and made all the worse with bullying.

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    Abigayle Korinne 

    6 years ago from Plymouth WI

    It is way too sad...I want someone to come speak at my son's school..I am thinking of Eric's dad...

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    VeronicaInspires 

    6 years ago

    *Sigh* The times we live in... things are getting so bad. I hate hearing stories like this. It really pisses me off! The kids nowadays are just ruthless and need a %^$$$&* good dose of whoop @$$! And so do their parents! I'm sorry... it's just ridiculous.... no one seems to think this is a problem!

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