Some say her suicide was sparked by cruel comments on the website formspring.me.
Alexis Pilkington, 17, a New York soccer star, committed suicide Sunday following vicious taunts on the social-networking site formspring.me, reports the New York Daily News.
This is a site that says it gives teens the opportunity to "ask questions, give answers and learn more about your friends." Teens can do so anonymously -- just like they can in the Facebook "Honesty Box." This makes the formspring site a goldmine for cyberbullies, because they can be as cruel as they want without ever being identified. Cyberbullies even left cruel comments AFTER Alexis committed suicide.
"Investigators are monitoring the postings and will take action if any communication is determined to be of a criminal nature," Suffolk County Deputy Chief of Detectives Frank Stallone said yesterday.
Alexis' mom, Paula Pilkington, doesn't think cyberbullying is the reason for her daughter's suicide. "I believe in my heart that cyberbullying wasn't the cause of Lexi's death," she says. "This is a mistake."
Regardless of the outcome of the investigation, formspring.me is a site that should be on moms' radars -- especially now. Are your kids on this site? What do you know about it?