Talon Rose took his life online to some cheering cybermob members.
****UPDATED: Christopher Robin Matthews aka Talon Rose father, Richard Sisneros reached out to me on Facebook and thanked me for this blog. He gave permission to repost the obituary for his son, which is shown at the bottom of this post. The main image was changed to one more loving which his father, Richard Sisneros, shared on Facebook. Christopher was a father to a little girl named Julia. He was and is the son of Richard Sisneros and Tammy Estrada. He mattered.***
Cybermobbing is the means of bullying an individual by a group in any context online. Identified as emotional abuse online (such as “ganging up” on someone by viewers, followers and or a leader) to force someone off the internet through rumour, innuendo, intimidation, humiliation, discrediting, and isolation Cybermobbing is also referred to as malicious, nonsexual, nonracial, general harassment.
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The outcome of cybermobbing can be deadly and have legal consequences. For instance, how do the cybermob’s know who is vulnerable and who is not? How do they know who to target and who not to? How do they decide the level of cybermobbing is enough or too much? What business is it of anyone you meet online in any social media app, to decide to take down someone they don’t know offline? Not everyone is strong enough to take the constant abuse dished out online by others and in particular, adults who should know better.
Talon Rose was vulnerable
Actions by one are proving too much when they have a whole group of adults terrorizing one person. How do you stop the behavior online? What recourse do you have? Recently there was a young man by the screen name of Talon Rose aka Rikki Sisneros aka Christopher Robin aka Talon Rose Le Grand, who was live on a social app contemplating suicide. He had been given an eviction notice by his landlord on July 8, 2016 and was to be out by July 15, 2016. Rikki was very stressed out about this and in fact had already been talking about being suicidal. One of the reasons given for his eviction was his recent attempt at suicide.
On July 15, 2016 Rikki was doing a live stream talking about wanting to kill himself and people were in the chat room, watching, and encouraging him to take his life, like it was all a joke. People stopped laughing when he hung himself live for all the world to see. The cybermob was there to tear him down enough so he did it and they accomplished it.
Children suffer depression too
People don’t think children use social apps that are meant for adults or at least those over the age of 13, but they do. A young girl was on a live stream stating she was suicidal. She was ten years old. People were trying to help her but there was only so much people online can or will do. I did what I thought was right and contacted the live stream app in a direct message, with the young girl’s name and what she was saying. If anyone can help, they can.
The funny thing about the last story is that people seem to choose who to make their target online and who not to. Some people will show both sides of their face if you watch closely. Take cybermobs for instance. Cybermobs will go into a person’s live stream , they don’t know and try to help a suicidal person, yet the same people will go into another stream and rip a part a vulnerable person with a smile on their faces. How is that possible? How can some people be so two faced? Is this how they act offline too?
No one knows what the mental state of another person is, who you simply meet online on a social app, so why do people think it’s okay to viciously target others, to the point that the victim wants to leave the app, is very upset because of the cybermob or, worse, takes their own life because of the callous words of strangers. How do we allow this to go on and not say anything?
There seems to be many people now seeking the attention for attempting or carrying out a suicide attempt because they can go out famous. The cybermobs wait for the weakest people to take a chance so they can shrink them back down into the confused, sad ball of people they are. What right do they have to do that to another human being?
So many of the cybermobs are adults behaving badly and many have an extensive history of leading a cybermob against other people. Their followers might not agree with what they say but they fear that if they speak up they too will become a target so they stay silent. Some followers may be brave enough to say that they think their leader has gone too far but would get shot down by the other members of the cybermob. It’s almost as though they are a wild pack of wolves waiting for their leader to provide their next victim.
People are leaving social apps now because of cybermobs but what if we just stood up as a collective group and said, no more? What if we did this as a group and instead of having a vicious cybermob, we have a loving group of people seeking to provide a hand up instead of a push down. If we did that, perhaps they couldn’t attack one person so viciously anymore. Safety in numbers they say. Love will eventually conquer hate.
The next time you think about tearing someone down, online or off, taste your words to see if they are bitter or sweet. Ask yourself if that moment will be life changing for you or one that you won’t remember in a year. I can guarantee you that the person you tear down will remember what you did for years or the rest of their life. Is it worth it to you?
Instead of hating online, perhaps it’s time to love online and turn every piece of hatred directed towards us, back to the person or people who are sending it in the form of love.
Too many people suffer with mental health issues, in silence, and they use social apps as a way to join the outside world. Instead of using mental health issues against a person, why not try to learn about it and understand it. We do not know the plight of another person online so it’s not up to us to condemn them or to ask a group of people to condemn someone because we simply don’t like what they said, how they look, the god they believe in or not, the person they love, the age they are or the ability a person has or doesn’t have.
The bottom line is this. What if you were part of a cybermob targeting someone and they committed suicide for you and all the other cybermob members to see? How would you feel knowing that was someone’s child and that they would be missing them forever because some callous adults in a cybermob targeted a vulnerable person. Think before you speak. You may end a life or help build one. The choice is yours.
Christopher Robin Matthews Obituary:
Touching messages from Christopher’s father, Richard Sisneros to me on Facebook: