We made many attempts to report cyber bullying but the cyber law was not strict enough to avoid Brandy Vela’s suicidal death – claims Family members
Brandy Vela Final text to her family was,” I love you so much just remember that please and I am sorry for everything.”
The family members of Brandy Vela, a Houston-area high school student are blaming the loop holes in the laws against cyber bullying. They are rallying for strict laws against cyber bullying.
The incident took place at the when 18-year old Brandy shot herself in the chest Tuesday afternoon at the family’s Texas City home as family members watched.
“I was the first one here, I heard someone crying so I run upstairs in her room, and she’s against the wall and she has a gun pointed at her chest and she’s just crying and crying and I’m like, ‘Brandy, please don’t. Brandy, no”, says Jacqueline Vela who is Brandy’s 22-year-old sister.
Jacqueline Vela adds,” I went to my parent’s room, and I just heard the shot and my dad just yelled, ‘Help me. Help me. Help me.”
Reporter says, “Brandy Family tried to find the right word but the Texas city high school senior has already made up her mind.”
According to the police, Brandy Vela died at the hospital.
Her father, Raul Vela said that her weight was the main target and people would create fake social media accounts to harass her. She had been receiving abusive text messages for months. The bullies used an untraceable smart phone application.
Jacqueline Vela says,” They would make dating websites of her and would put her number, would put her picture and lie about her age and she is giving herself up for sex for free, so call her.”
The family says they reported to the police multiple times but they denied help saying they cannot do anything about it.
According to school district spokeswoman Melissa Tortorici, “She had a lot of friends and was thought of warmly by her peers and teachers. She did bring it to the school’s attention before Thanksgiving break that she was getting harassing messages to her cellphone outside of school. Our deputy investigated it, and the app that was being used to send the messages was untraceable. We encouraged her to change her phone number.”
“Brady did what she was instructed but the bullies found her every time”, says family members.
The Texas City Police Department states that it continues to investigate the Velas’ complaints. To this Jacqueline Vela adds that her brother, Victor Vela and she have a good idea about the bullies behind some of these attacks and would do everything that they can to assist in the investigation.
Raul Vela deems that the only way he could give meaning to her death is through creating awareness about cyber bullying and he hopes for stricter laws against it.
RIP Dear Bela 🙁