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The massacre in Parkland, FL could’ve been prevented in a number of ways. Perhaps the most obvious was the fact that no one did anything despite the fact that the killer (who shall go unnamed) had been posting pictures of guns with threatening messages on social media. And no one did anything about it.
So you would think that anything resembling this would be taken seriously. But in Coventry, RI that apparently is not the case. Lots of people were buzzing about a student posting threatening things on social media about today’s “walkout” along with images of guns:
FYI this kid made the news last month and is known to the media as the “snow angel” because he goes around digging out the elderly and disabled. Which is very nice of him, but certainly doesn’t excuse this.
Way to go, David Fournier Jr.!
Job well done!!
Coventry teen digs out snowed-in neighbors in need… https://t.co/TwiK0S6GQV
— Coventry RI Police Dept. (@Coventry_RI_PD) January 6, 2018
Some students perceived these snapchatted images that the student posted as a threat to the walkout today:
It’s caused a lot of uproar in Coventry, prompting the police department to issue this statement on the Facebook machine:
They’re “confident it’s not a credible threat,” because it was a “purposeful hoax in anticipation of tomorrow’s national walkout day.”
Oh yea, no big deal. Just a little “I’m gonna shoot up your protest” joke on social media. It’s a hoax. Get it? School shootings are funny now!!
Clearly we’ve learned absolutely NOTHING from last month’s shooting. As usual everyone will blame guns, while threats like this are dismissed as “hoaxes.” Because unless they actually murder your children, it’s just fun and games. Kids being kids. That’s what the Florida shooter was doing too – he was just fucking around with all those posts on social media. Until he killed 17 people. Then it was the gun’s fault. Better protest guns rather than get to the actual root of the problem.
His posts were shared by adults (who thought this matter of public interest should be discussed openly) in a Coventry Facebook group, but were removed because apparently the kid who posted the threats is the victim of “bullying” in school. Here’s what one of his classmates had to say:
Newsflash – lots of people get bullied. It does’t excuse making vague threats to kill people less than a month after a deadly school shooting. Keep in mind, this kid has been all over the news as a local hero. People love him. He’s not some weird goth kid that’s never been patted on the back and told that he’s a good person. This was obviously done to get a rise out of people, and we shouldn’t be poo-pooing the fact that he’s posting images of guns and ammo on Instaface.
But lets suppose for a moment that he has been relentlessly bullied in school. If that’s the case then this child needs love and counseling. What he does not need is for strangers to make excuses for his actions. Seriously, all we do is try to find ways to make sure that no one is responsible for their behavior. Ever. You got bullied? Tough shit. Deal with it. Being bullied is part of life. I’ve been bullied relentlessly. Yea, it sucked at the time but you get through it. What you don’t do is threaten to go on a shooting spree as some sort of sick, twisted act of vengeance.
Nevertheless the PC patrol in Coventry has been out and about in full force blaming everyone who shared these images, while making excuses for the kid who posted them in the first place:
No Jess, the “bullies” (if in fact they exist) are not “just as bad” as the kid who threatened to shoot up the protest. Only a complete and utter moron would reach that conclusion. And if the bullies are the problem here, then why aren’t these student protests focusing on ways to eliminate bullying? Instead they’re protesting gun laws in a state that has some of the strictest gun laws in the country.
“I’m not saying that being bullied is an excuse to make threats. Now excuse me while I come up with a plethora of excuses for this child who made threats while blaming his actions on other students.”
It’s OK though because “everyone makes mistakes”:
God, what is wrong these dolts? Yea, lots of kids make mistakes. Like copying someone else’s homework, or destroying your parent’s computer with viruses by going on the wrong porn site. Posting threatening messages on social media is not a “mistake.”
Then there was this:
Jesus H. Christ. This is what a society that has gone insane looks like people. Bullies who are “convicted” (because bullying is a crime now) should go to jail. They’re the real problem here. Not kids threatening to shoot up the school. That kid had no choice because of the bullying.
And when adults who are concerned about their children’s safety post about it on social media, this is also “bullying”:
Gee whiz, I wonder why nothing ever changes.
Nicole Picard has apparently appointed herself to be town hero and is telling anyone who wants to know all the facts about this threat that they need to sit down and shut up:
“I think we should all be able to know the facts.”
“Stop being nosy.”
And if you post a picture of those threats because you think they are worthy of public discussion, Nicole is calling the Facebook Popo!
And she’s armed with screenshots!
Watch out Internet bullies! She’s watching you!
She was backed up by several Facebook legal experts:
Better call up Dick N. Vulva, because Turtleboy is about to get “served” again!!
No Rhonda, it shouldn’t be illegal to post pictures of kids who are threatening to shoot other kids. That’s a very dumb thing to say.
Christie Luther has a PhD in Facebook legal studies with a minor in cyberbullying:
And no, the policy of the Providence schools is not to handcuff and arrest “bullies.” You’re literally making that up because you get off on the sound of your own voice, and you want people to think you know what you’re talking about you. But you don’t, and we see right through your bullshit.
And because this whole thing is being kept hush-hush, more rumors are spreading:
Someone is pretending to be him? Wait…what? Are you saying his account was hacked over a period of several months and that this was all just a big setup to frame him? Well then, some chicks on the Internet said it is so, so it must be so.
Don’t worry though – Nicole has a solution:
Good point Nicole. We need to “do something about this.” We can’t just write words on the Internet. A good way to figure out how to get this done is by writing more words on the Internet so that people hit that like button and it makes you nice, warm, and fuzzy inside.
Ironically for a woman who is so deeply devoted to ending cyberbullying, she seems to do a lot of that herself. Ya see, Nicole wants to open a coffee shop in town, and she wisely posted her business idea on social media. Unfortunately some “local bitch” took her “idea” that she posted on a public town Facebook page:
But wait Nicole – I thought we were supposed to be nice to these people? How exactly does posting, “a Big FU” to another woman in town make you any better than the bullies you’re so devoted to stopping? This wasn’t very nice either:
“This bitch leased Indigo pizza.”
“Some people deserve to rot in hell.”
“Is it wrong that I hope she fails?”
Yup, this is what a woman whose primary goal is to eradicate bullying posts on her Facebook page. Makes sense.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – you need to get over the fact that you were bullied. Unfortunately it’s part of life. Most of us have been bullied before. It makes you a stronger person, especially when it motivates you to become better people than your tormenters. Or just kick the shit out of them. That usually works too because they never expect you to actually fight back.
Excuse making just opens the door for whiny adults who can’t get over the fact that someone was mean to them 20 years ago in high school:
Yup, it’s the Internet “consensus” that the schools are to blame for the fact that your kid was bullied. Because it’s their job to police your kid’s social media, emails, and text messages. Not the parents though. They’re not to blame for anything.
No Nicole. That never actually happened. Your sister was not “kicked and thrown down a flight of stairs.” The imaginary students who didn’t do this were not excused by the schools for their violent behavior either. You’re literally just making this up because it’s cool to be a victim now.
Yea that never happened either Christie. You never punched a 14 year old who was “giving you a lap dance.” He was never “arrested” for this. You were never told that you were allowed to punch him because you were defending yourself from a lap dance. You’re literally making that up because just like all these other fools, you’re trying to find a way to victimize yourself.
The bottom line is that the kid who posted this needs to be punished and made very clear to him that shit like this can’t be explained by claiming that it’s a “hoax.” No more hoaxes. No more fucking around with this shit. If you post threatening shit on the Internet you get treated like a criminal. I do hope the kid gets help if he’s actually mentally ill, but if he’s just blaming this on a bad joke then he needs to be dealt with appropriately. And the public has a right to discuss this, considering their kids also go to school with him.