I found this article about Kathleen Edward on Fox News (THIS ARTICLE IS NOT MINE, it was posted on Fox New’s site!)
“The family of a 7-year-old Trenton, Mich. girl who is battling a terminal illness has had to take on a very different battle: taunts about the child’s condition from their neighbors.
Kathleen Edward is in the late stages of Huntington’s disease, a genetic degenerative brain disorder, according to media reports. Her mother, Laura Edward, died of Huntington’s last year.
Because of what the Edward family said was a longstanding feud with their neighbors, Jennifer and Scott Petkov, Jennifer Petkov posted images on Facebook of Laura in the arms of the Grim Reaper and Kathleen above a set of crossbones. Neighbors also say the Petkovs built a coffin, put it on their truck and drove past the Edward home, honking the horn.
When asked by a reporter from Detroit television station WJBK why she posted the photos, Jennifer Petkov said it was for “personal satisfaction” and because it upset the child’s grandmother.
Shortly after the feud was mentioned in news stories, people from around the world posted Facebook, YouTube and Twitter pages of their own attacking Jennifer Petkov. The Petkovs have also allegedly received death threats and had eggs thrown at their house. The Petkovs have since apologized to the Edward family, telling The Detroit News their actions were “ignorant.” They said they would apologize in person, but the Edward family has personal protective orders against their neighbors.
Mental health experts, who have no relationship with either family, say without knowing more about the Petkovs, it’s difficult to say exactly why the couple behaved the way they did. The experts believe there could be a variety of reasons for their behavior, including poor conflict resolution skills, a lack of moral development and the desire to bully.
An ‘Extreme Case’ of Cyber-bullying
“This is probably the most extreme case [of cyber-bullying] I’ve ever heard of,” said Cheryl Dellasega, author and professor of humanities at Penn State University College of Medicine in Hershey, Penn. “It’s another way that people can say things that are really cruel that they wouldn’t say to somebody’s face. They’re angry, resentful and jealous and put it up on Facebook knowing that the other person will see it.”
Peter Sheras, a clinical psychologist and professor at the University of Virginia as well as an author of several books on bullying, disagrees that what the Petkovs did is a form of bullying. He said it’s a very striking example of how many people in society have tremendous difficulty settling disputes.
“We don’t have very good skills at managing conflict,” said Sheras. “We don’t have enough mechanisms for socializing people into civility.”
Family With Huntington’s Disease Taunted Online
Dr. Ken Robbins, clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin, said, “Some people don’t make it to full moral development and don’t learn about empathy or feel guilt or remorse.”
He also said that the Petkovs did exhibit bullying behavior, and adults who are bullies lash out at others for the same reason children who are bullies do.
“It’s a way to feel like they’re taking control of a situation, acquiring power by demeaning others and by making others feel humiliated.”
Experts believe there could be some underlying psychological problem as well.”
To be honest, it’s beyond me how somebody could be that cruel to another human being; let alone a dying 7 year old.
I posted this on here to raise awareness of Kathleen and her family’s struggle–if you have a Facebook, log in on another window or tab and go to this link:
It’s a support group for Kathleen and her family
Here’s another support group:
And if you want to vent about how horrible people like that are (I know that I wanted to, lol!), here’s a Facebook page for that:
And an actual group for that:
I’ve heard that Kathleen only has 3 months left. The fact that a little girl that cute, pretty, and precious who is dying has to go through that sickens me.
Spread the word about Kathleen!!!
Kathleen, if you or your family are reading this: You’re in my prayers and my family’s as well. Stay strong, little one; what goes around comes around. As one of my friends would say, “they’ll get theirs”. Don’t worry your little pretty head about anyone who says or does anything mean to you: just have fun. I wish I knew you in real life so I could give you a big hug. And never, ever forget that God loves you. You have my family’s support.