Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words will never hurt me? Not in this case, and not in the Bible, either. Franklin Graham weighs in on the case impassioning America right now, as it hits very close to home in this acceptance-driven, media-consumed era.
Parents, especially, are so disturbed by this case, as we all feel each of our children could be influenced by a close friend to do something life-shattering. Carter and 18-year-old Conrad Roy III were dating in 2012 when she began to encourage him to commit suicide via text.
CNN reports, "The state argued that the evidence was damning. Carter sent Roy numerous text messages urging him to commit suicide, listened over the phone as he suffocated -- and failed to alert authorities or his family that he'd died." Here is a sample text between the two of them:
Roy: "I'm overthinking"
Carter: "I thought you wanted to do this. The time is right and you're ready, you just need to do it! You can't keep living this way. You just need to do it like you did last time and not think about it and just do it babe. You can't keep doing this every day."
The Roys are understandably distraught and are just hoping that their son's unfortunate suicide will help save others from the same fate. "There is not one day that I do not mourn the loss of my beloved son," said the mother, Lynn Roy. In a sadly all too similar story, a 12 year old girl just committed suicide because of terrible cyberbullying.
Do you agree with Graham, that even though Carter did not physically aid in her boyfriend's suicide, that she is responsible for her words? Share your thoughts and prayers for the family in the comments! Thank you!