One of my friends updated her Facebook that she was saddened by the Plainfield tragedy. Curious, I looked to Plainfield Patch (Go Patch!), knowing I would find a story from a local journalist's perspective.
What I didn't expect to find was a thread of heartless comments.
It's not just the readers of Patch. I have seen this on The Huffington Post, New York Times and NBC Chicago's websites.
People have the ability to be so cruel.
Words have power. Technology has accelerated that power to a questionable point.
I believe in freedom of speech, but I wish that people would think a lot more before exercising this right.
I am an opinionated person and I'm not afraid to share my viewpoints in the proper forum.
A news story about 3 teenagers dying in a tragic accident is not the proper forum to express opinions about texting and driving. It is not the proper forum to express any opinion.
If you think texting and driving is a problem among teenagers - great. Start a blog. Ask if you can blog for Patch. Make a hundred Facebook status updates about it.
But please, don't spew it in a comment thread that a grieving family is sure to read.