Autism Politico

Discussing the politics of autism.

Editorial #151: Bullies and Cyberbullies Don’t Discriminate

Autism Politico wants its readers to understand that bullies and cyberbullies don’t always go after autistics.

A recent article talks about how a seven year old Michigan girl dying from Huntington’s disease was bullied and cyberbullied by her adult neighbors.

Jennifer Petkov of Trenton, Michigan, reportedly posted an image of 7-year-old Kathleen Edward’s face next to a skull and crossbones on Facebook after a dispute with the girl’s grandmother, MyFoxDetroit.com reports.

But wait, there’s more! Her mom died of the same disease, and so…

The station reports that Petkov, a neighbor of the girl’s family, also posted a photo of Kathleen’s mother wrapped in the arms of the grim reaper on Facebook. The woman’s husband, Scott Petkov, is accused of painting images of death on the side of his pick-up truck and parking it in front of the girl’s home.

Now what could these people possibly have against a 7 year old girl and their family that they would go to such lengths? And why would anyone do such a thing in the first place?

No one can say for sure that girl’s disease or her mother’s disease is part of the reason for the bullying. But the point can certainly be made that when people bully, they tend to go for the most tender and hurtful spots.

Think about this the next time you are bullied. The people are trying to hurt you where you are most vulnerable, probably because they cannot stand against you where you are the most strongest.

Replies to this editorial are welcome.

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October 25, 2010 - Posted by | Autism & Exploitation, Autism Community & Its Politics | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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