FRANKFORT, KY – “Cyber bullying is a very serious issue in our country and it’s gotten so bad that some teenagers are even taking their own lives after being bullied on social networks like Facebook and Twitter,” says local resident Shelly Parone. “I can’t believe someone in our community, in our state, would target such hateful words and bullying tactics just because someone voiced their opinion. People need to realize that we do still live in a free country. If I want to go to Wal-Mart and voice my opinion about what people wear in public then I’m allowed to do it. Now, sure, it wouldn’t be a good decision because one of those crazy people might attack me but it’s my right to voice my opinion. These people just need to leave that woman alone. She’s just voicing her opinion, she ain’t hurting anyone.”
According to authorities, a local blogger, Brandy Parrish, made a statement on one of her blogs that caused her to get bullied and threatened on Facebook. On her blog, Parrish said, “I don’t like men with long hair. They look like hippies and are probably using the same hair products as me and other women. What’s so manly about that? Maybe they should look inside their boxers and see if they still have enough equipment to be called a man.” Such a comment would certainly rub more then a few people wrong but instead of responding directly on her Creative Aluminum Can Projects Tumblr blog, a certain person found Parrish on Facebook and made verbal threats on her timeline. Brandy, who did not have any security settings in place on her Facebook page, immediately received support from family members following social networking aggression. Even all 13 of her friends on Facebook were appalled by the attack.
Upon further investigation, however, authorities discovered that Brandy had made those threats herself by creating a fake Facebook account. Frankfort officials say that Ms. Parrish did, in fact, author the online threats but then lied about it. “She’ll receive a misdemeanor charge of interfering with an investigation but we’re unsure of how to proceed with this right now,” said Frankfort police spokesman Joseph Tiller. “Ms. Parrish says it wasn’t actually her who made the threats to herself, it was the voice in her head who made the threat. We are currently waiting for some legal advice on how to proceed; nobody wants the wrong person charged.”
In the mean time, Brandy says she will continue with her blog while the legal issue gets worked out. “Maybe I’ll get some more followers on Tumblr and will add a few more friends on Facebook because of all of this,” Brandy said. Perhaps, Ms. Parrish, there are other ways to get attention.