Ignore the Postings – Guest Post
August 12, 2009 by admncc
Here at The Constant Complainer, in addition to my posts, readers can submit Guest Posts on topics they’d like to complain about. Leo Nevoli submitted the below-Guest Post. His complaint has to do with the Internet and certain people’s cries for help. It’s a deep and very interesting topic. Without further adieu, here’s Leo…
If you read on a friend’s web site that they were looking forward to a high school reunion, because they couldn’t wait to show those who made fun of them that they were better then them, would it concern you? What it concern you if the web site said, “It would be sweet revenge to get back at them?” Or maybe they posted something about an event and they begin talking about looking forward to the death of someone or their own death. As a true friend, you may like to think they will not do anything. Are you just going to ignore their postings, and not contact them or others to let them know of your concerns? You may feel it is none of your business, even if other’s lives are involved. What key words would get you really concerned?
I have read the unedited blogs posted by George Sodini on his My Space page. If his name does not ring a bell, it may when I tell you he was the guy who on August 4, 2009; by walking in to a LA Fitness in Bridgeville, PA; turned off the lights in an exercise room filled with women, and fired off approximately 30 rounds. He killed three women, one of which was a friend of my co-worker. He also injured about 10 more women, before he then turned the gun on himself. Since November 2008; he had made updates about what he planned to do, but waited until after the election last year, because he was curious about the result. In fact he made an entry on January 6, 2009 that read, “It is 8:45PM: I chickened out! I brought the loaded guns, everything. Hell!” He complained about not having a woman in his life, and it upset him. He also had statements of: “Looking at The List makes me realize how TOTALLY ALONE, a deeper word is ISOLATED, I am from all else.” Just reading some of his postings concerned me of his mental state of mind. If he was my friend or I was someone reading his posting, I would be contacting the authorities. Maybe if his friends read what he said, and they contacted the proper people, they could have prevented what happened. It has been a week, and sadly no one has stepped forward admitting to reading these posts and trying to help him during the past 10 months.
I know no one is paid to patrol websites, looking for people who are planning on killing people, but for several months now I have read about events people planned by posting things on Facebook, My Space, or their web site. Take Paul Zolezzi for example. He had his Facebook status as: “born in San Francisco, became a shooting star over everywhere, and ended his life in Brooklyn . . . And couldn’t have asked for more.” His body was found hanging on the monkey bars of a Brooklyn playground early in the morning hours after posting his status. Not minutes, but hours! HOURS?!?! You are going to tell me that no one read his status and had any concern about him? No one tried to contact him, or called the police about his welfare?
Maybe when people read things, they don’t think about what can happen, or they chose to ignore what they read, because they may feel that if they ignore it they will not feel guilty. I guess I am different in the way I feel for people. I know if I had come across a suicide note in a friend’s trash can, I would confront them about it. I would want to try to do something, instead of thinking about what I could have done to prevent their actions after the worse has happened.
Some people may say that the authorities don’t have time to investigate every call about some threat, but I have to wonder has society gotten to the point that people can read a possible cry for help from a friend, and ignore it? Or is it that some people are totally alone, and they have no one in their life they can call a friend. I know not everything on the Internet is true, and some people use the Internet to reach out for help, or express themselves. People express themselves in different way, and some people just need a push to open up their feelings. Maybe I am different, but if I saw that a friend wrote something that concerns me, I am going to contact them or someone else to make sure nothing bad happens. I’m Leo Nevoli, and that’s my ponderings.