Some people REALLY need to shut up

Remember this post?

There’s a classic example of that kind of thing right here. Most of the comments are shockingly insensitive, even cruel. They are either insinuating nasty things about Brittanee, blaming her mother for not supervising her enough, or actually accusing her mother of involvement in her disappearance.

One comment: Usually, parents with missing children won’t even face the thought that their child may be deceased, let alone say it publicly at this early stage of the search. Things don’t add up is right, and it’s with the moms behavior. Um, no. I can guarantee I’ve read a lot more about moms of missing kids than you, and there is no “normal” way for them to act, and some of them do face the worst possibilities even this early on. Other commenters say she must be involved because “she does not seem all that upset” and doesn’t sob hysterically in front of the camera. As if there was some manual on how parents are supposed to behave in these situations!

I don’t know a thing about the Brittanee Drexel case — I usually don’t start following missing person cases until they’re old enough to make my site — but people have no business saying such hurtful things like this in a public forum. Sometimes I just want to find these people and smack them, I swear.

3 thoughts on “Some people REALLY need to shut up

  1. Emily May 3, 2009 / 3:58 pm

    It’s truly disgusting to see people blindly speculate without the slightest clue of what they’re talking about. That’s not to say I haven’t guessed about a missing or deceased person’s fate and who may be responsible for it – but to decide a parent isn’t “acting right” is appalling.
    There is a case generating a lot of interest right now in Toronto – a little girl named Victoria Stafford. She was only 9 and appears to have been abducted nearly a month ago. I’ve kept up with the case by reading online updates of Canadian papers and some of the comments are disgusting. Some people seem to think that just because Tori’s mother is a so-called “biker” that she owed money to drug dealers, and that by extension her daughter is dead and it doesn’t matter, because she was being raised by “losers” and wouldn’t amount to much. I’m paraphrasing, but that’s the gist. It’s truly appalling, to use a word I’ve already used a couple of times. All the publicly released info points to a stranger abduction. True, maybe the police know more about the circumstances and are holding some things back, but none of us know that for sure and it’s awful to speculate that not only does her mother know what happened to Tori, but that it doesn’t matter because she was a kid growing up in a nontraditional household.

  2. Joanne May 4, 2009 / 1:50 am

    Calling a biker gal who owed money to drug dealers a “nontraditional” household who is being picked on is pushing it I think

    If police ignored the leads generated by her poor life choices, they would be getting called all kinds of names

    Having a child and being involved with drug dealers at all is cruel, and does expose the child to hideous danger. She chose to expose her child to this hideous danger. She should have cared enough about the child to find a safe home for the child.

  3. Emily May 5, 2009 / 7:18 pm

    My point was that people in the comments section of these stories were making these accusations. I saw no information from reliable sources that Tori’s mom owed money to anyone. Until presented with proof I’ll still find it appalling that people are quick to judge someone just because they live a nontraditional lifestyle and aren’t the model family that goes to church every Sunday and lives in an upscale neighborhood.

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