FRANKLIN BOROUGH, NJ (Sussex County) – A high school student has been charged after he allegedly encouraged a girl to commit suicide.
An elementary school girl reported to police on Oct. 18 that in response to her online posting of a statement in support of suicide prevention, a male high school student made harassing and disparaging remarks encouraging suicide, police said.
A police investigation the high student allegedly encouraged the girl to commit suicide. The student was also found to have sent an offensive picture obtained from another online source which depicted a male pointing a firearm at himself, police said.
The high school student was arrested on Oct. 21 at around 6:00 p.m. and was charged with one count of cyber harassment. He was released to the custody of his parents pending a first appearance in Sussex County Superior Court, Family / Juvenile division.
“If you discover that your child is being cyberbullied, offer comfort and support. Let someone at school (the principal, school nurse, or a counselor or teacher) know about the situation,” police said.
“Encourage your child not to respond to cyberbullying, because doing so just fuels the fire and makes the situation worse. But do keep the threatening messages, pictures, and texts, as these can useful for the police. You may want to take, save, and print screenshots of these to have for the future. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact the Franklin Police or your local law enforcement agency,” police said.