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Cyberbullying Must Stop

Yes, running for office brings out the worst in people, social media gives people a platform to spout off hate, but it needs to stop.

Dr. Ryan A. Starzyk
Sep 18 · 2 min read

Cyberbullying is a severe problem in today’s society. It results in suicides, depression, and causes some of the most painful experiences anyone can go through. During my campaign, I was cyberbullied frequently. You will likely say, “It’s part of running for office,” but I disagree.

I handled the 10x per day social media hate posts, but not everyone has the psychological capabilities to do so. If you wouldn’t say something to someone in person, why would you think it is ok to post it online?

One person in particular who frequently cyberbullied me is Lupe Conchas, who runs for Alhambra Elementary School #68 School Board. He did so through an alias Facebook page called “Arizona Lefty League” to hide his identity. I know this because once I started inquiring about who runs it, he immediately did what most people do when called out, began to attack me even more. I also received information from a source that further confirmed my suspicion of who runs this Facebook page, and it is Lupe Conchas. Lupe is running to be part of a board serving young people already struggling with cyberbullying, yet he is one of those dangers our young people have to deal with already. His vulgarity, F-bombs, and pure anger are all indicative of someone who should never be around children, let alone a leader for them. I encourage everyone to warn parents in the Alhambra Elementary School district to ensure he does not get elected, as it would be disastrous for our children.

A few other examples from the cyberbullying I encountered are provided as follows:

Lela Alston | Cyberbullying | Arizona | Arizona State Senate | LD24
Lela Alston | Cyberbullying | Arizona | Arizona State Senate | LD24

Here are a few other statistics on the impact of cyberbullying:

  • The 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) indicates that an estimated 15.7% of high school students were electronically bullied in the 12 months prior to the survey.
  • In 2020, 73% of students feel they have been bullied in their lifetime.
  • Over 25% of adolescents and teens have been bullied repeatedly through their cell phones or the Internet.
  • Adolescent girls are more likely to have experienced cyberbullying in their lifetimes (38.7% vs. 34.5%).

Here are some resources for those struggling with cyberbullying.

In summary, knock it off.

Ryan A. Starzyk, Progressive Democrat

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Ryan Starzyk | Ryan A. Starzyk | Politics | Elections | Democrats | Democracy | Voting | Candidates | Public Office | Vote

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