Newfoundland and Labrador Finance Minister Cathy Bennett is encouraging the public to take action against cyber bullying, highlighting her own experiences with online harassment.
In a personal news conference this morning at Confederation Building, Bennett read a statement about messages she has received since being elected, referring to them as “offensive, hurtful and demoralizing.”
A sampling of messages was shown on a screen in the corner of the room.
“You are simply a bad person. You should do the world a favour and kill yourself,” one stated.
“All Newfoundlanders should put a bounty on her head. She is a witch,” stated another.
The messages were not shown with any indications of when they were posted or sent, or where, or by whom. Bennett said they were all posted in public forums.
A couple of others, sent privately, were shown.
The messages included insinuations of violence and sexual violence.
“My message to the people who post things like