Jesse Logan of Ohio sent nude photos of herself to her boyfriend by phone and when they broke up, he sent the photos to other high school girls that harassed Jesse Logan. Logan ended up committing suicide over the “sexting”. Read more on Jesse Logan’s tragic story below.
Jesse Logan even went on local television to discuss her story after the incident. Her purpose was simple: “I just want to make sure no one else will have to go through this again.”
That interview was in May 2008. And just two months later, Jessica Logan hanged herself in her bedroom. She was 18.
“She was vivacious. She was fun. She was artistic. She was compassionate. She was a good kid,” the young woman’s mother, Cynthia Logan, told TODAY’s Matt Lauer Friday in New York.
Jesse Logan’s mother discussed how difficult it was in dealing with what had happened to her daughter.
“It’s very, very difficult. She’s my only child,” Logan told Lauer. “I’m trying my best to get the message out there.”
“Sexting” is a growing problem that has resulted in child pornography charges being filed against some teens across the nation.
Jesse Logan’s mother said she didn’t realize how bad things were for her daughter until it was too late. She began receiving letters saying that her daughter was not attending school.
“I only had snapshots, bits and pieces, until the very last semester of school,” Logan told Lauer.
She took away Jesse’s car away and drove her to school herself, but Jesse still skipped classes. She told her mother there were pictures involved and that a group of younger girls who had received them were harassing her, calling her vicious names, even throwing objects at her. But she didn’t realize the full extent of her daughter’s despair.
“She was being attacked and tortured,” Logan said.
“When she would come to school, she would always hear, “˜Oh, that’s the girl who sent the picture. She’s just a whore,’ “ Jesse’s friend, Lauren Taylor, told NBC News.
Logan said that officials at Sycamore High School knew of the harassment but did not take sufficient action to stop it. She said that a school official offered only to go to one of the girls who had the pictures and tell her to delete them from her phone and never speak to Jesse again. That girl was 16.
Jesse’s mother suggested talking to the parents of the girls who were bullying Jesse, but her daughter said that would only open her to even more ridicule.
“She said, “˜No, I need to do something else. I’m going to go on the news,’ and that’s what she did,” Logan said.
When Cynthia Logan decided to go public with her story, she told Lauer that a school official told a local television station that he had given Jesse the option of prosecuting her tormentors. “That was not so. It’s absolutely not true,” she told Lauer. “And if he did, why didn’t I get a notice in the mail that he gave her that option?”
After her daughter’s death, Logan quit her job and was hospitalized for a time with what she described as a mental breakdown. When she spoke about finding her daughter in her bedroom last July, tears coursed down her cheeks.
Jesse had been talking about going to the University of Cincinnati to study graphic design. Her mother thought she was over the worst of the bullying. Then one of Jesse’s friends committed suicide. Jesse went to the funeral. When she came home, she hanged herself.
“I just had a scan of the room, her closet doors were open,” Logan told NBC News. “And I walked over into her room and saw her hanging. The cell phone was in the middle of the floor.”
Logan said she’s been through six lawyers in what has so far been an unsuccessful battle to hold school officials responsible for the bullying of her daughter.
But no lawsuit will ever bring back Logan’s daughter, Jesse. Such a tragic story!
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