TWITTER USERS UNITE TO SAVE SUICIDAL TEENAGER – So often we hear about the darker side of the social networks where internet trolls gang up on an individual in order to torment them and make their lives a misery.
There have been a number of reported cases of people, especially children, being driven to suicide due to the excessive and hateful number of trolls online who seek gratification from others misery.
Today is a story that takes on the complete opposite where one Canadian teenager posts on her Twitter account that she is about to kill herself. Her message promoted a wave of requests not to go through with her plans.
The anguished teenager from Calgary, Canada, tweeted
“I’m going to commit suicide tonight. Bye everyone. My last wishes are that my siblings finish school and become emergency responders.”
Soon after posting the tweet, the young girl, whose identity has remained a secret, started receiving messages from deeply concerned Twitter users asking her not to kill herself.
Her message reached Twitter users from all over the world and within a short space of time her account was flooded with messages of support and love.
One person, a journalist, Christopher Wiggins, based in Washington D.C stayed up all night chatting to her after initially responding to her original tweet in the hope he could turn the situation around and prevent her death.
During the hours of continuous messaging Christopher managed to coax the girls’ telephone number from her in order to speak to her directly. When she finally gave her telephone number Christopher called the Calgary Police and asked for their help.
Christopher wasn’t alone there were also numerous other people talking to the girl whilst others provided updates to the ongoing situation.
Calgary Police told the press that they had received a number of concerned calls from Twitter users following the tweets; however police have refused to give specific details due to confidentially issues but they did report that the young girl is safe and doing fine.
With the number of vile cases we report on each and every month it really does restore your faith in humanity. It is nice to see that so many people, through a social network, come together in order to help another human being in what was a very dark few hours and resulting in a life being saved.