Social media can be both a blessing and a curse, and in the case of a popular Spanish hunter, it was the latter.
More specifically, the people on social media were the curse. Their hurtful words led to a suicide.
Melania Capitan, 27, an avid hunter who had built up a following by sharing her hunting lifestyle online, was found dead at her apartment in Spain recently, reports the New York Post. She had nearly 39,000 Facebook followers — the page has since been taken down.
This seems harmless, but she still got hate from internet users.
The group that gave her the most disapproval were animal rights activists who left her harassing messages. It hasn’t officially been announced that this cyber bullying led to her death by suicide, but the two are often connected.
Even after she died, people continued to post on her Facebook wall, showing glee from the sad news.
“You have done a favour to humanity! Bye Bye,” wrote one person.
Another person commented: “She is alive, do not worry, what happened is that she left hunting and now is in the casting of the series The Walking Dead.”
Sickening, that’s what this is.
Capitan did leave a suicide note for friends, but its contents have not been revealed to the public yet.
Fortunately, there were a few people — even some who don’t see the benefits of hunting — who stood up for her after her death.
“I do not like hunting, defending animals and killing for [hobby] seems horrible to me,” one person said. “But it’s a shame that this girl took her life.”
The lesson we can learn from this is to never, ever bully someone, whether it’s online or in person. It could very likely lead to something terrible, like a suicide.