2-year old falls in pool. Mom calls 911, sends a tweet. Followers rake her over the coals.

by Mike
Posted December 18th, 2009 at 7:17 am

Would you consider yourself sympathetic and caring or would you label yourself a tad differently? Differently as in cynical and less compassionate? Think about that as you read this.

A story running in Florida Today about a socially apt mother and the tragedy that has befallen her. Sometime between @military_mom’s tweet at 5:22pm and 5:38pm, her 2-year old son fell into the pool. Authorities identified her phone call to 911 at 5:38pm. At 6:11pm the woman — Shellie Ross — updated her Twitter page stating:

‘Please pray like never before, my 2 yr old fell in the pool.”

Shortly thereafter, a follow up tweet confirmed what many likely feared — her son had died.

It’s sad in indeed. Though even sadder are the responses she has been receiving. Many of her followers tweeted back that it was the mothers fault the child was dead as well as calling her out for being so socially addicted. I find such things extremely short sighted. Shellie claims it “was only two seconds” that she turned her back. People will always criticize and judge when they’re not the ones in the extreme circumstances and tough positions. Furthermore, several followers even called out her usage of social networking at all, criticizing her even tweeting during the ordeal.

Personally, if she called 911 what more can she do? A lot of people don’t know CPR or other live saving techniques that are critical in those first few seconds and minutes following a drowning and whatnot. It’s times like these where people need to chill out and stop rushing to conclusions. A child died in unfortunate circumstances. Stop jumping down the mother’s throat.


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  • Jordan
    December 19, 2009 at 11:07 am

    She could of prayed like never before instead of twatting!!!!!!!

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