The bullying trial of Jason Thomas has been dragging on for a couple of years now in Bossier District Court. Thomas was originally charged with cyber bullying against Danielle Cox, a minor.
ur not important’
2011, one of Danielle’s friends had posted Danielle’s number on
Facebook and asked that her friends text her and tell her not to kill herself.
Rather than offering help, the state alleges that Thomas used a program called
ClamTXT to send multiple messages to Danielle’s phone, each purporting to come
from a different person. The messages read ‘I won’t miss u’, ‘ ur
not important’ and ‘just end it all’.
On January 25th Danielle ingested an excessive amount of medication in a suicide attempt. She survived.
In February Thomas was arrested on the Cyber Bullying charge. On
May 20th, 2011,
Danielle did kill herself. The charge was amended to Criminal Assistance to
There will be a status hearing on Tuesday to see if the case is ready to go to trial. I’ll keep everyone posted on that.
I’m not going into any detail on the most recent bully related suicides, but will note that both occurred very recently.
Two more students are victims
In light of two more suicides that are bully related, this case does take on new significance. What I’m about to say isn’t accusatory, but facts are facts.
A bad problem exists, and it is centered around South Bossier,
and Elm Grove
Middle School . The Parkway band can’t make overnight trips
for the next two years because of an incident that happened in April. Eight
band members simulated a sex act on a freshman boy against his will as the
students were walking to the bus. That is co-incidental to the suicides, and not nearly as serious, but it
does reflect the culture that exists where bullying seems to have some
Part of the solution
Obviously, something has to be done. As I said, I’m not being accusatory and blaming the schools for children killing themselves; I’m not saying that the schools are the cause of the problem.
However, they certainly need to be part of the solution. Something has to be done, and it will take people uniting and forcing action.
We’ll delve into this deeper in the weeks to come. Meanwhile, to find out more, you can go to Facebook and check out these two pages:
Something has to be done, and it will take people uniting and forcing action.