After One Life to Live’s amazing teen cyberbullying plot, The Young and the Restless is beginning to weave their own cautionary tale of bullying, beginning this coming Monday November 5th!
According to TV Guide, “look for the story to feature Summer Newman, the troubled teen played by Hunter King. Summer will create a fake identity on FacePlace — that’s Y&R‘s version of Facebook — in order to friend Jamie (Daniel Polo), the boy being mentored by Genoa City cop Ronan Malloy (Jeff Branson)!”
“Summer is in such a screwed-up state over the divorce of her parents that she misguidedly decides to hurt Ronan by hurting this kid he cares so much about,” says the soap’s Emmy-winning head writer Josh Griffith. “She uses her phony online persona called ‘Brittni’ to form a relationship with Jamie and draw information out of him — deeply personal and hurtful stuff about his past troubles with the law — and then she blasts it out to everyone on FacePlace. She’ll also be using texting and instant messaging to disparage him further.”
Of course as in any good soap there is a twist on a twist, and Summer starts to like the guy she is tormenting! “She realizes he’s a kid who’s had a really terrible life and that she’s doing things to him he doesn’t deserve,” says Griffith. “But, at that point, it’s way too late. The tiger is out of the cage.”
But what looks to make this even more upsetting is that Fen Baldwin (Max Ehrich) who is also into Summer, becomes her partner in crime and he will take things a few dangerous steps further once he sees Summer’s growing fondness for Jamie. Apparently that will eventually dovetail this story into involving Michael (Christian LeBlanc) and Lauren (Tracey E. Bregman) that will have huge ramifications for both the Newmans and the Baldwins. In addition, CBS plans to air anti-bullying PSA’s throughout the storyline.
So soapers, what do you think of the Genoa City Teen Cyberbullying storyline on paper? Will you be tuning-in to see what goes down, especially since bullying is a very prevalent issue these days? Let us know!