Getting away with murder?
I recently was made aware of a particular story that has me outraged. There are several things that need to be covered here, and I expect this is something of little controversy, other than what people think of bullying.
First, background ... A young almost 14 year old girl is allowed to use an account on myspace, is monitored closely, and appears to have been the victim of an adult who created another myspace account specifically to gain the girl's confidence. The account was then used to dash the girl's esteem, which appears to have been the trigger event in the girl taking her own life. A newspaper article on the story is at:
There are two issues I'd like to address. One, is how some people in society have hideously accused the parents of the girl who did monitor activities on the account of not doing so closely enough, and two, how the adults who perpetrated this are not guilty of any crime (at least not one with which they can be charged).
First, let me point out that the mom in this case did keep the password for the account and only allowed access when the girl was monitored almost continually. That is what the story stated. In essence, the circumstances that came together to allow her access outside that particular time were strange and can only be described as a fluke. The parents were being careful, and even in that care they saw the initial activity as not being dangerous. What I find outrageous is people that believe that children should be prisoners -- their every move monitored, their every interaction watched -- as if the children of the world are the ones that perpetrate this kind of evil. 50 years ago, anyone who stalked a child like this would have been lynched. Now it is the parents of children that are being told there are bad people out there, so imprison your child. I think we have it backwards. We imprison children so perverts and criminals don't have their "civil rights" infringed.
The second thing I would want to address is that the laws of our land cannot be perfect -- there aren't enough books to cover all the hideous acts a person could perform. Things that are wrong -- like the person that lured this girl into thinking a handsome young boy was taking an interest in her, knew she was under psychiatric care, and then dashed her to the ground. While it appears the acts violated no laws, these actions were clearly wrong. A reasonable society should have nothing to do with such a person. While the laws may not call those actions murder, it would appear the result was the taking of another's life.
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