Archive Monthly Archives: January 2017

It is time to stop the social media bullying and violence – Sign the Petition!

Each year, tens of thousands of kids are bullied and cyberbullied with virtually no consequences. And now, with social media in the hands of almost every child, we are seeing more and more acts of violence and hate with each passing day.  On December 2nd 2016, my son was viciously attacked while walking out of Wendy’s with his friends. As a result, he spent five days at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, including two days in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. What makes this overwhelmingly worse is the fact that the attack was recorded—before, during, and after—and shared on social media (SnapChat story) almost immediately.

WHY? Why would someone viciously attack my son and then casually walk away from the scene, leaving him with a skull fracture, ruptured ear drum, a brain bleed, permanent hearing loss, and untold future injuries. And WHY would someone knowingly record the incident and then gleefully post it for everyone to see? For likes? To gain popularity? To get more followers?

This disgusting behavior is becoming common place and currently there are no legal penalties for an individual person who knowingly records a crime for no other reason than entertainment purposes. Recording a crime of which you have prior knowledge and sharing that recording for entertainment purposes should in itself be a crime, one with real consequences.  And this is why we need your signature.

We are working with local government officials to draft, submit, and create a law (“Jordan’s Law”) that will make this kind of appalling act a punishable offense. We were not able to prevent this from happening to our son but maybe we can help prevent it from happening to your child.

We have created a website, www.jordanstrong.org where you can follow the progress of this law. In addition, we are partnering with several anti-bullying organizations, all of which can be accessed via jordanstrong.org.

You cannot control ignorance, you can only control how you react to it.  Please help us make a difference and sign the PETITION!

 

 

Follow me

Really!  When did we become a nation of followers?  I was raised to do the best I could do and always lead by example.  I remember hearing my mother tell me (more than once), “Eddie, if your friends jumped off a bridge, would you follow them?”  The answer is no, I would not.  It is time to stop following everyone and start LEADING BY EXAMPLE.

A New Year – A New Path

As I sit at my keyboard reflecting back over the last 30 days, I feel as if the incident that changed my son’s life was a lifetime ago.  It is hard for me to believe that such a brief amount of time has passed.  There are still so many unanswered questions that … Click to Continue reading

It’s up to you – Get involved NOW

An important part of addressing a cyberbullying situation is keeping a record of what has happened. It’s tempting for children who are being cyberbullied to delete messages and other bullying content sent to them, especially if they … Click to Continue reading

The Desire to Live-Stream Violence

Why would four suspects in Chicago broadcast the torture of a man on Facebook Live?

Two men and two women in Chicago were arrested and charged Thursday with kidnapping and torturing a man, slicing off a piece of his hair, down to his scalp, with a knife. Many people were witness to the assault, because it was streamed on Facebook Live.

Jordan Hill, Tesfaye Cooper, Brittany Covington, all 18, and Tanishia Covington, who is … Click to Continue reading