First “sexting”-related death

The mother of the deceased teen appeals for tougher laws


Cynthia Logan, the mother of Jessie Logan, an 18-year-old Cincinnati high school student who committed suicide last July after being taunted when a naked photo of her was circulated on the internet, has gone public to discuss how her daughter’s life spiraled out of control and to appeal for tougher “sexting laws.”  The girl had been interviewed on local television last May about how she had been harassed by other students after an ex-boyfriend posted a photo she had sent via cell phone; two months later, after attending the funeral of a classmate who committed suicide, she hanged herself. The tragic case puts a face on the sexting controversy and reveals how dire its consequences can be.


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First “sexting”-related death

  1. A modicum of research would have lead you to realize that external factors, such as the ridicule she suffered because of sexting, are triggers and not causes in people with mental illness or substance abuse issues. And this totally overlooks the well proven trigger of suicide clusters, which is completely relevant in this case.

    According to the American Department of Health & Human Services, “The risk for suicide contagion as a result of media reporting can be minimized by factual and concise media reports of suicide,” and, “Suicide is the result of many complex factors; therefore media coverage should not report oversimplified explanations such as recent negative life events or acute stressors.”

    Shame on you Maclean’s.

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