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IN: Mother crusades to save other bullied kids after losing daughter

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – As a matter of policy, WLFI does not cover suicides. Numerous studies point to a potential “copycat effect” following media coverage of suicides. But when the mother of a 14-year-old girl who took her own life due to bullying reached out to us, we had to tell her story.  

Danielle Green’s daughter hanged herself from a tree outside the family’s mobile home park on March 5. … Danielle says the bullying started on Feb. 28 of 2012. She says Angel’s father was put in jail for molesting her, and when the private matter went public, the teasing began. Article

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  1. J

    Where are the public officials coming to the aid of this family in their time of need?

    • anon

      They are busy trying to sweep the bullying that was done under the rug.

  2. mike

    Aside from the bullying by the middle schooler’s, who is going to sit down with the news media and educate them on responsible reporting. According to this article this teasing was all brought on when a “juicy news piece” ran amok in the community bringing everyone’s attention to the family that was reaching out for help for child sexual abuse. This is exactly why so many child molestations are unreported! What has happened here is that any child in this community, especially this middle school, has been silenced now in what might have be a desperate attempt to get some help if they’re currently being molested at home. Sure, give the kids some lessons in respect, but let this be a learning experience for the media everywhere including the shaming websites. This blood is on their hands too.

  3. J

    When public disclosure came into vogue to feed the hungry mob, it became apparent that the reason this specific information had not been released historically was not an oversight. It seems that somewhere along the line, there was the realization of the damage that could be done to victims and innocent family members alike. As the information gets pushed out en masse, there are disclaimers up and down but those ultimately don’t protect the innocent people on the periphery of these cases. So while the public’s insatiable thirst for prurient and scintillating details is gladly afforded by opportunistic bottom feeding politicians, where is the thirst for the protection and privacy of the innocent family members on both sides of the issue?

    Until the lawmakers are held responsible for the downrange effects of this chaotic feeding frenzy, will they take up the issues with a real sense of humanity and prioritize accordingly.

    Quoting LBJ – “You do not examine legislation in the light of the benefits it will convey if properly administered, but in the light of the wrongs it would do and the harms it would cause if improperly administered.”

    • mike

      I think publicly funded victims advocacy groups should use this case to boost awareness to the newspaper editors, D.a.’s, and politico’s about the collateral harms created when they chose not to use discretion on sensitive matters regarding public disclosure. The victims advocates tend to get a better audience than a registrant or a defendant trying to protect his family.

      • J

        Never losing site of the victims is important if anyone is going to learn from this situation and prevent any further harm. The authorities are very apprehensive about acknowledging any collateral damage because when they do, they take ownership of problems created and that is just not in their composition as we have see time and time again. Once the term bullying is used, you could turn blue in the face trying to show how they failed to protect kids but they sure do grandstand when they submit a law about it. The sheriff in this case ought to be fired and barred from holding any future public office after denying that bullying was a factor here. This girl is a victim from the primary case and from people harassing her after the fact. The sheriff could easily say that he would hold people responsible but this poor child not only had to suffer from the abusive situation her father put her through but then to have society shun her tells the very sad story about what a morally bankrupt society does naturally preying on the weakest and most vulnerable. Shame shame shame on just about everyone in this situation who when called upon for help, seemed to run away with their tails between their legs. You know they will all be up for re-election and damn anyone who dares to bring this up as they already seemed to wash their hands of the matter.

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