Archive | March 22, 2010

Sue Scheff: Texting Terror – Josie Lou Ratley 15 year old nearly beaten to death over text message

Wake up parents, teachers, schools, and all other that work with today’s youth; those keystokes, clicks of a mouse, taps of fingers can lead to nearly deadly results.

Ironically at the same school that Michael Brewer attended, the teen that was doused in alcohol by other teens and set on fire, 15 year old Josie Lou Rately was nearly beaten to death and is in a medically induced coma.

According to NBC Miami Josie Lou Ratley, 15, has undergone two surgeries to relieve pressure on her brain from the savage beating that took place last Wednesday outside Deerfield Beach Middle School.

Doctors at Broward General Medical Center said Friday that they’re optimistic about Ratley’s recovery, but that it’s now a matter of waiting for her to heal.

Her alleged attacker, 15-year-old Wayne Treacy, is being held at a juvenile detention center. Treacy’s 13-year-old alleged accomplice, Kayla Manson, is also being held. Manson is charged as a principal because she helped Treacy find Ratley, authorities say. (See photo’s below in slideshow).

Appearing on the NBC’s Today Show and CBS’s Early Show, Josie Lou’s mother Hilda Gotay Ratley, and aunt Linda Sarmiento stated Josie did not know the suspect. They also asked that families reach out and talk to their own kid about this incident and make this a teachable moment. The dangers of school violence, bullying and terrors of texting is a growing problem that parents need to be in tune with and open lines of communication.

Visit STOMP OUT BULLYING and learn more on talking to your children about this sensitive and critical subject.

Bullying is a problem that affects millions of students of all races and classes. 1 out of 4 kids is bullied and 42% of kids have been bullied while online. Child and teen Bullying and Cyberbullying are at an all-time high. Some kids are so tormented that suicide has become an alternative for them. It has everyone worried. Not just the kids on its receiving end, but the parents, teachers and others who may not understand how extreme bullying can get. Love Our Children USA is working aggressively to prevent these issues and to help the kids and teens affected by it. – STOMPOUTBULLYING

Be an educated parent, you will have safer children.

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