Cyber bullies have never been the bravest lot. That much we all know.
They hide under cover of anonymity and spout off the nastiest and vilest invectives imaginable, while knowing there is little chance that their prey will show up on their doorstep, jonesing for a confrontation.
But lately, the strategy hasn’t worked out as well as it has in the past. Earlier this week, Curt Schilling taught a couple of cyber bullies a thing or two after they set their sights on his daughter and said some things that were so bad, it didn’t seem possible to be that depraved.
You can check out the full details on his blog. Most news sites are actually censoring the comments. Yep. That bad.
Thankfully, Curt didn’t take it laying down. He used his influence and his connections to track them down, out them, and presumably ruin their lives forever.
Whether you think Schilling went too far or not — and some people do — his case has done two things.
- It has kept cyber bullying awareness in the headlines.
- It has shown cyber bullies that they’re not quite as anonymous as they think.
As it turns out, Curt Schilling wasn’t the first to learn this message that you can do something about it. In September, 2014, a street rapper who goes by the Twitter handle @nbanks6 got into a war of words with a YouTube commenter, who said some pretty horrible things about his music.
As most cyber bullies do, the “man” responsible for the insulting comments hid in his apartment when @nbanks6 actually showed up at his door.
In lieu of manning up and facing the music, he sent his girlfriend out to try and calm his guest, and, well, things didn’t go so well.
But rather than spoil it for you, I’ll let you check out the video for yourself, but a word of warning: there is some pretty salty language, so consider this one NSFW.
While the video went up in September of last year, it rose to prominence on the heels of the Schilling debacle after Curt linked to it on his blog. Now it’s up to more than 300,000 views.
While I wouldn’t suggest committing a felony if you should find yourself targeted by someone online, it is good to see that cyber bullies aren’t quite as safe as they used to be.