Daisy Coleman, the Maryville, Missouri, teenager whose rape by a politically well-connected classmate attracted nationwide attention, tried to commit suicide this week.
Daisy was raped in 2012 at age 14 by some of her male classmates at a party she attended with a girl friend. Both girls were given alcohol by older boys and allegedly raped while drunk; one of the rapes was allegedly recorded with an iPhone camera and passed around school. The night, the boys dropped Daisy and her friend, Paige Parkhurst, off at Daisy’s home. While Paige made it inside, Daisy was left outside on the front lawn overnight in freezing temperatures while drunk. Her alleged rapist, high school football player Matthew Barnett, then 17, had all charges dismissed against him. Matthew is the grandson of a MO state representative. Keep reading »
On Friday morning I had just sat down at my desk at work when I got the message: my friend Ned committed suicide the day before.
What? No, not Ned. No. No. What? Why? Why now?
I don’t have anything original to say about grief, other than that incredulity, anger and sadness are on rapid spin cycle.
Yes. Yes, Ned. Keep reading »
Even more wildly inappropriate than the funeral selfie is the suicide selfie. An anonymous woman was caught snapping a selfie at exactly the same time a man was attempting to commit suicide by jumping off the Brooklyn Bridge. And naturally, her “selfie-ish” picture landed on the cover of the New York Post. Because the woman declined to speak with the press, it’s hard to know whether or not she was fully aware that there was an attempted suicide in progress when she posed for her camera phone, but according to the Post, she was well aware of the situation:
“With scores of onlookers watching the dramatic 10 a.m. rescue by cops, the crass camerawoman turned her back to the scene, angled her phone toward the bridge and snapped a shot. The scarf-clad blonde even cracked a thin smile. When approached by The Post afterward, she suddenly became camera-shy.’I’d rather not,’she said when asked for her name. She then hustled out of Brooklyn Bridge Park.”
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Darnell Barton, a Buffalo bus driver, saw a woman who’d climbed over a guardrail and was leaning over traffic on the expressway below her. He knew he had to do something. Because nobody else was stopping their car, Barton wasn’t sure at first whether the woman was in distress. But he’s a former volunteer firefighter and member of the Buffalo Special Police, He stopped the bus and approached the distressed woman, giving her a hug and asking if she wanted to come back to the other side of the guard rail. After he’d gotten her to safety and returned to his bus, he was met with applause from his 20 high school-aged passengers. What a nice reminder that sometimes people really are everyday heroes and fate puts us on one another’s paths for a reason. I know it’s cliche, but it really does take a lot of courage to do the right thing sometimes — and this man is about as humble as people come. BRB, I’m getting seriously emotional over here. [USA Today]