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Paris Jackson Should Delete Twitter Account After Suicide Attempt

Vanessa Gomez |
June 8, 2013 | 6:53 p.m. PDT


Paris Jackson is receiving appropriate medical help after her attempted suicide early Wednesday morning (Twitter)
Paris Jackson is receiving appropriate medical help after her attempted suicide early Wednesday morning (Twitter)
In the midst of the Michael Jackson trial for a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by Katherine Jackson and his children against the company AEG, one of his children attempted suicide. Paris Jackson was hospitalized Wednesday morning after attempting suicide, according to E! News. It is the biggest entertainment story this week because of her youth and the unexpectedness of the situation. But according to E! News, a Jackson family source said she had been dealing with depression at the time of her attempted suicide.

Jackson was ordered a 72-hour psychiatric evaluation after she entered the hospital. According to The New York Daily News, the 15-year-old was at her home in Calabasas when she cut her wrist with a kitchen knife and took 20 Motrin pills early Wednesday morning. This happened in the midst of her father's trial, in which she will eventually have to testify. Some are saying the pressure of the trial, her father's death and the cyberbullying she has experienced are all a part of why she attempted suicide. In June 2012, Jackson appeared on Oprah Winfrey's Next Chapter and discussed that even her friends from school try to bully her. 

It seems as though this could have been part of the reason why she attempted suicide. If she was talking about this issue a year ago and how much it bothered her then, imagine how much more she is frustrated by it if it has exacerbated now. Paris has been pursuing acting as the next step in her life, but if she is already getting attacked for just being her, should she be pursuing a career that would put her in the spotlight even more? She needs to make sure she is ready and recovered before she goes back into the public again.

It might even be a good idea to delete her Twitter account for a while until she's older so she has the chance to heal. She has been reprimanded on her Twitter account on multiple occasions for the her pictures and tweets she posts. One specific example of this happened on June 1 - less than a week before she attempted suicide. She posted a picture of herself underwater with the caption, "I wanna be a fishie." Another twitter user responded to the picture with the words, "die" and "lesbian." This is not something a 15-year-old should have to worry about.

Unfortunately, because of social media, cyberbullying is becoming more and more of a problem with teenagers because it's such an easy attacking point. This is why it would be a good idea for Jackson to delete her account for a while and wait until she is older to reactivate it, so she will be ready to shield herself from the negativity of other people. She tweeted some unusual posts before she was hospitalized, which some think could have foreshadowed her attempted suicide. These included, "I wonder why tears are salty?" and "Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away now it looks as though they're here to stay." 

Paris Jackson tweet
Paris Jackson tweet





Her grandmother, Katherine Jackson, released a statement that said, "Paris is physically fine and is getting appropriate medical attention." She proceeded to say, "Being a sensitive 15-year-old is difficult no matter who you are. It is especially difficult when you lose the person closest to you."

It makes it even more difficult when you lose someone close to you and have to recover from something as tragic as losing a father, in the spotlight. So Paris Jackson attackers, be respectful of the 15-year-old before posting any negative comments toward her on social-media outlets. 

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