Amanda Todd, from Vancouver, Canada, was found hanged in her home on October 10, just weeks after she uploaded a video to YouTube detailing her horrific treatment at the hands of cyber bullies.
Now in a vigilante move, Anonymous, the world's largest hacking group, has named the man allegedly responsible for taking the pictures of Todd and plastering them across Facebook.
Vigilantism happens, when faith in law and justice breaks down.
I don't know if he did it. I honestly don't, but I do know that if this former Facebook employee did due his utmost to devastate this teenager, then I genuinely believe he never would have been punished for the actions that lead to her death.
But on the other hand I genuinely don't know if Anonymous got the right person. If they've fingered the wrong man, and that is very possible, then they're going to compound the tragedy of Amanda Todd's death with the harrasment and abuse, quite possibly leading to his death, of another man.
Innocent until proven guilty is the ideal, but what happens when no one is willing or capable of trying to prove someone guilty. Where does joe average have recourse, when the powers that be are silent.
Here is what I know. A 15 year old girl was bullied, so badly she felt no option left to here but death.
I've been bullied, when I was the same sort of age, and I have a deep, bone deep loathing for the kind of monstrous scum that bullies others.
But I don't trust Anonymous. Vigilantism without oversight is ultimately nothing more than mob rule, and mobs cannot be trusted to make fair or even decent decisions.
Anonymous will get it wrong. No one is perfect, and an umbrella organisation such as Anonymous which per definition contains hundreds, if not thousands of individuals will get it wrong as often as not.
As importantly, I don't have faith in Anonymous' motives. One day they are outing bullies, the next they are the bullies.
Vigilantism happens when people lose faith in justice. In a world where Amanda Todd was bullied to death, and only Anonymous seems to be hunting the perpetrator, who does a person choose to support.
The right to privacy, which a bully can hide a crime behind? Vigilante justice, with all of it's terrying consequences. The law, which often seems to be both incompetent and impotent in actually punishing criminals?