Early last week, 2 girls were filmed on a bus. Have you heard this story? They were filmed abusing – verbally and physically – an elderly gentleman who had asked them to please stop swearing. The “ferals” as they’ve been labelled by social media, were foul mouthed and behaving poorly after being at the Murwillumbah Races all day. To make matters worse, the gentleman that was attacked is partially blind and couldn’t even tell how many of them there were attacking him, because he can’t see.
The video, filmed by a 13 year old girl, went viral instantly on Facebook. Even the Gold Coast Bulletin had a status on their FB page saying the ferals needed to be “hunted down.” That lead to all kinds of comments as well as other pages such as Meanwhile In Australia picking up on the incident.
While I don’t condone what the girls did, and I do believe there should be punishment, I don’t think it is up to the public to decide what that punishment should be. Furthermore, some of the comments the
brave stupid people hiding behind their computers made are just as violent if not more so than what these girls did on the bus. Here are some examples of what I’m talking about.
This guy manages to insult every Gold Coast girl. What a wanker. And he can’t even tell the difference between there and they’re. Double wank.
This woman may appear to be happy and smiley in her profile pic, but judging by her language, don’t cross her in a dark alley. Takes a gronk (???) to know a gronk?
I can’t even repeat what this person has to say. Sure, blame the parents right away. Because clearly you know these girls, their parents, how they were raised and everything about the “feral pigs.” With that language, I’d hazard a guess that Jaye is just as feral as these girls.
Once again, another happy family profile pic, but big tough talker and also doesn’t know the difference between your and you’re. That really irritates me. “If you think you’s are tough.” I wonder how tough this Reenee-Jee is when she steps out from behind her computer?
Another blame-game player. Blame the government for giving kids too many rights! Another conclusion jumped to.
I’ve seen, read and heard far worse comments about these two girls. I just picked a handful of ones from the particular page I was reading. I think it’s disgusting that people can say things like this and not see that it makes them just as bad as the two girls.
As much as I would love to defend my child if he was being bullied, I don’t think bullying bullies is the right answer.
I don’t think local newspapers should put the wrods “hunt down the ferals” in their publication or on their FaceBook page.
People are calling for the maximum penalty, which for assault I can’t imagine is very much prison time. Let’s face it, we have one of the softest justice systems around. I feel like volunteering their time with the elderly or those less fortunate could be a better punishment.
Regardless, we are not the judge nor the jury and we need to let the police and the justice system do their job.
It seems we are pretty quick to forget what everyone was writing about just last week – Charlotte Dawson, bullying, depression, suicide. Yes these girls did the wrong thing, but people are calling for them to be shot, raped, beaten. It’s just unacceptable and it makes me worry about what my son will deal with in 10 years or however long I can keep him protected from social media for.
Do you worry about how out of control social media can get?
Linking up with Jess for IBOT, because, well, it’s what we do on Tuesdays!