Michelle Carter is the now infamous female who sent texts to her boyfriend Conrad Roy encouraging him to complete his suicide attempt. She was recently found guilty by a juvenile court judge of involuntary manslaughter. The various internet apps were quick to offer that which they do.
Sadly a young man took his own life. Suicide is never the right answer. Roy had battled his demons whatever they were and although grossly underreported received positive pleas from Carter not to end his life.
Carter undeniably deserves worst girlfriend credentials and all the scorn the first stone types care to ignorantly offer. The judge has secondary to the prosecution and the gnashing of teeth from the chatterati ruled in a most inappropriate manner and will likely see his decision successfully appealed.
Jail time or not Carter isn’t scoring high on the “will live a normal life” chart. The courts and the Massachusetts Legislature are apt to either passing really shitty legislation not unlike the US House GOP teen sexting debacle or perhaps some less devious and more sound bills that address the truer issue, mental health stigma. This is ironic given the Bay States crusades over the “opiate overdose epidemic”.
This brings us to the shining nugget of truth. The common core of We the People and our aversion to accepting responsibility and our hyped devotion to feelings over facts.
Roy was a messed up kid whose weakness stretches beyond the texts of a girlfriend. His premeditated actions had little to do with her and the shocking ” get back in the car” text only proves Darwin was right. Just like the scumbags who abuse their prescription meds well beyond pain relief and end up overdosed in the morgue self responsibility is discounted to the detriment of the rest of us.
Roy should be held more responsible for his suicide than Carter. Carter should be free on appeal. Massachusetts should not pass legislation that careless talk (or texts etc) is acceptable grounds for offense in cases of suicide. In fact contrary to the urging of others we should be very careful about how we approach curtailing speech. Beacon Hill would be far wiser if they took this up as a teachable moment to address suicide,depression and bullying paired with access to care and reporting sources.