• Nurse_Robot@lemmy.world
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    7 days ago

    I don’t need to know specifics to know the judge is a fucker for saying that the bullying allegations are false. Fuck off dude, no wonder Trump has such a good chance of becoming president again; everyone in power is a bully, defends bullies at every step, and detests victims. The judge isn’t trying to address what led to this child’s death, instead they’re pissed that the victim’s family is getting attention. The best part is the dumb mother fucker just called way more attention to what they wanted snuffed out.

    • just another dev@lemmy.my-box.dev
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      They’re not taking it offline because they’re denying those kids were bullies, but because they are now harassed themselves, but by the entire Internet.

      Obviously the kids responsible for the suicide should face consequences for their actions. But mob justice isn’t going to fix anything, except for letting a new round of bullies feel good about themselves.

      Can you imagine the damage of one careless keyboard warrior digging up the wrong personal info, and then tend of thousands people harassing them? How many wrongs does it take to make a right?

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        7 days ago

        Are you arguing that this woman shouldn’t be able to tell her story - without naming names - because someone else might get angry and do the wrong thing, and then a bunch of other people might do the wrong thing with the wrong information?

        People are supposed to get angry about shit like this - it’s how change happens. And people have to know about things to get angry.

        The problem here isn’t the woman telling her story, it’s that mob harassment is a tool being used politically and this behavior you are worried about has become normalized. Twenty years ago, this would’ve led to a bunch of people contacting law enforcement and politicians to demand justice, but now everyone harasses people directly because our system isn’t responsive and because mob justice is treated as legitimate as long as it’s enacted upon the right people.

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          Nope, that’s not what I’m arguing at all. I was just pointing out how the commenter above me was misrepresenting the judges reasoning.

          Obviously people should get angry over this. But I do not have enough faith in social media to believe that anger will find a healthy outlet if left unmanaged.

          But if you are asking for my opinion - I think the woman should be allowed to tell her story, as long as she doesn’t encourage naming the perpetrators or does so herself. And, given the circumstances / if possible, disable public comments and reposting to discourage further harassment.

    • nooneescapesthelaw@mander.xyz
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      6 days ago

      The judge didn’t say that no bullying happened, that was one of the lawyers

      Patrick Guild, the plaintiffs’ attorney, said he couldn’t comment on the judge’s order because the case was sealed by court order, adding that he was disappointed to see it posted on social media.

      “What has happened as a result of that is that a lot of different theories, and I’ll say, false information has come out” as to the reasons for the order, Guild said. He added that the accusations of bullying by his clients are “patently false” but have been “elevated to such a grand scale based on Heather Wyatt’s number of followers.”

      “As a result, my clients have been receiving threats that in my opinion can be construed as real concerns for their safety,” he said

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    This is the best summary I could come up with:


    A judge has ordered a Mississippi woman who says her daughter was bullied to death to shut down her social media accounts, as a small-town tragedy balloons into an online drama with millions of onlookers.

    Heather Wyatt attributed her daughter’s death to bullying, both online and offline, at the hands of schoolmates in Ocean Springs, Miss., near Biloxi.

    The saga is playing out online before an audience that reaches far beyond the 20,000 residents of Ocean Springs, illustrating how TikTok can put a national spotlight on a local tragedy in ways that complicate the lives of those involved.

    On July 1, a judge in Jackson County Chancery Court granted an emergency injunction requiring Wyatt to temporarily shut down her TikTok, Facebook and other social media accounts “to protect the minor children in this case.” The order was leaked and circulated widely online despite the court ordering all records sealed, as earlier reported by the Biloxi Sun-Herald.

    In one particularly emotional video, Wyatt showed herself stumbling on her daughter’s suicide notes to members of the family months after her death.

    He added that the accusations of bullying by his clients are “patently false” but have been “elevated to such a grand scale based on Heather Wyatt’s number of followers.”


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