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Published:January 6th, 2011 12:06 EST
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Outrage: Facebook Friends Mock Lady Who Posted Suicide Message Online

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Facebook `friends` mock `suicide` of woman who posted goodbye message.

A middle-aged woman who told her 1,048 Facebook `friends` that she had taken an overdose was found dead the next day after none came to her aid.

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Simone Back, 42, posted a last message on the social networking site at 10.53pm on Christmas Day saying: `Took all my pills be dead soon bye bye everyone.`

Some users of the site even taunted the 42-year-old over her final status update instead of trying to save her, calling her a `liar` and saying the fatal overdose was `her choice`."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/facebook/8241015/Facebook-friends-mock-suicide-of-woman-who-posted-goodbye-message.html

Facebook friends are as ethereal as cyberspace itself, only a fool relies on cyber pals for comfort or guidance. Simone`s friends taunted her as she lay dying on the floor of her flat.

Ugly words delivered via email and IM don`t have any material substance, but they can hit an emotionally wounded person like a ton of bricks. Let`s try to be more civil online, and not hide behind an anonymous screen name.

A suicidal individual should seek help from a psychologist or a suicide hotline, and not bare her soul on the Internet.

Simone Back had 1,048 Facebook friends, but not one of them came to her aid. Instead of offering prayers or encouragement, they heaped ridicule and abuse on the troubled woman.

It`s unfortunate that Simone didn`t have a friend in the real world that she could have gone to for help. All of us need to have a circle of real friends who will stand by us in good times and bad times.

It`s too late for Simone, but I urge people who are depressed not to expose themselves to ridicule and torment by baring their souls online. For goodness sake, go to a friend or counselor for help.

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