During the trial by social media, these comments were witnessed and supported by a large number of passive bystanders. Knowingly or unknowingly, by not taking a stand and condemning the slander, they and their parents became active participants in support of the ongoing victimization. Their inactivity fuelled the victimization as the perpetrators thought they were on the winning side. Most of the bystanders had the power to end the victimisation, there and then by a single comment. But none did.
Parents should educate their children not be party to rumours and gossip online. To fight for morally right causes. To be able to walk away or take a stand against bullies or other popular students who behave immorally. Only then, will be make cyber space safe for our children. It should be noted that social media was effectively and positively used to harness support for the victim, their families and bring about changes in law.