7-year-old Kathleen Edward of Trenton, Michigan, suffers (and will likely die) from Huntington’s Disease. Kathleen has been mercilessly mocked by a grown woman, Jennifer Petkov, who has posted photoshopped images to Facebook of Kathleen’s mother, Laura – who also died of Huntington’s Disease - including “Laura in the arms of the grim reaper” and Kathleen with her “face superimposed over a skull and crossbones,” reports Jezebel.
All this over an unanswered text about a birthday party. If you haven’t yet come to the conclusion that cyberbulling is out-of-control – and that adults are largely responsible for some of the most reprehensible behavior online toward children, I suggest you get on board, asap.
Jezebel reports that Petkov has admitted her guilt and apologized for her abysmal actions, saying, “And to that little girl, I apologize if you’ve been hurt. There’s not much more I can say.” Apparently, there literally isn’t much more Petkov can do, because a restraining order has been placed against her. Otherwise she’d, “walk right across this street now and apologize” face to face.
Yeah – because I’m sure a dying little girl wants to see the woman who mocked her and her mother in their indigent state.
According to a Facebook invitation for the anti-bullying rally being held in Kathleen’s honor on October 23, the Petkov’s have displayed a “Death Truck w/a makeshift Coffin” in their front yard, which they claim is a Halloween decoration, “and they pull in front of the House and Rev the engines and Yell, ‘Satan is waiting and we can’t wait till you die like your Mother’.” MyFox Detroit reports that Jennifer Petkov’s husband, Scott, has “dismantled the coffin and has moved [the] truck up his driveway, out of public view. He says he plans to paint the truck and make things right for Kathleen’s sake,” adding, “She is after all, still alive.”
Yes, and little Kathleen will be treated to a $9,000 toy shopping spree, thanks to locals who’ve donated to Tree Town Toys in Ann Arbor. Aside from all the unflattering media attention the Petkovs have received, Sadie Stein at Jezebel writes, “There have been negative repercussions for the Petkovs: the husband, Scott, may lose his job and the Petkovs’ son was sent home from school for fighting after another boy confronted him about his family’s behavior.”
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