Fourteen Year Old Charged With Cyber-harassment and Ethnic Intimidation

After an approximate 3-month investigation, a 14-year-old Northampton, PA student has been charged with cyber harassment and ethnic intimidation.  The 14-year old took a video of a 16-year old student eating lunch and posted it on Snapchat.  The 14-year old is White.  The 16-year old is Black.

Northampton County District Attorney, John Morganelli, said of the video;

“I reviewed the video today and I find it to be highly offensive and reprehensible. It depicts the 16-year-old minding his own business eating chicken wings while the 14-year-old records him and narrates it by describing the scene as ‘a N-word eating chicken.’

“The video demeans the 16-year-old with numerous uses of the N-word and references to being broke and on welfare. As bad as that is, the 14-year-old published the offensive video on social media including Snapchat that was viewed by numerous students as well as the 16-year-old male, …”

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Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli at a news conference on Jan. 3, 2017. (Rudy Miller)

However, the District Attorney did not know of the video until after the 16-year old Black student was arrested and charged with simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct.  That’s because while at a football game attended by both student, the Black student retaliated by opening a can of whoop-ass on the 14-year old.

Neither teen has been publicly identified by authorities.

D.A. Morganelli will allow the 14-year-old to seek an “informal adjustment” in juvenile court. If he completes the probationary requirements, he will not be charged with the crimes.

The 16-year old Black student will also be allowed an “informal adjustment.”  Morganelli said the black student had previously been the subject of discrimination from a group of students calling themselves “the rednecks.” He said he had a confederate flag thrown on him when he transferred to the school from out of state. Continue reading

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The Taboo That Benefits the Abuser

Psychopath Resistance

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Dr George K Simon, author of
In Sheep’s Clothing—Understanding and Dealing With Manipulative People:

sheepsclothing“Recognizing the inherent aggression in manipulative behavior and becoming more aware of the slick, surreptitious ways that manipulative people prefer to aggress against us is extremely important. Not recognizing and accurately labeling their subtly aggressive moves causes most people to misinterpret the behavior of manipulators and, therefore, fail to respond to them in an appropriate fashion. Recognizing when and how manipulators are fighting with covertly aggressive tactics is essential.”


What Dr Simon is urging us to do when we are faced with a toxic, covertly aggressive individual is to recognize and address their nasty maneuvers. Knowledge about psychopathic traits is helpful, as well as a good measure of self-awareness.

Some pathological and fantastical liars seem to be unaware that there is a real reality out there, confusing reality with the verbal claim of reality. Sociopaths simply use words for strategic…

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Attorney Disciplinary Commission Takes On Complaint of Harassment

Harassment by electronic means is an issue now before the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission.

ardcThe case is pending, but I’m reporting on it because the attorney has admitted that she “…regrettably sent…” the subject communications. The attorney has denied that she did so for the purpose to embarrass, delay or burden the employees of the firm that contracted with her.

The purpose of the attorney disciplinary process is not to punish the attorneys for misconduct, but to safeguard the public, maintain the integrity of the profession and protect the administration of justice from reproach.

The attorney is Cynthia Jean Koroll, who has been licensed to practice law in Illinois since November 2001.  The practice of law is her third career after serving in the military, being a registered nurse, and teaching nursing for a university.   Continue reading

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Versatile Blogger Award

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Flightattendantfailures has been nominated by Petre41 for the Versatile Blogger Award.  You can read the history of this award at Versatile Blogger Award.

Thank you for this precious gesture!  This is a great honor.

It’s taken me awhile to accept this nomination because I always worry over not passing it on to a blogger who deserves it.  As well, I like nominating bloggers who I’ve not nominated previously.

The award rules are:

Thank the person who nominated you

Share the award on your blog

Share seven random facts about yourself

Select 15 bloggers and let them know that they have been nominated. Continue reading

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New York Man Sentenced To 24 Months in Prison For Internet Offenses, Including “Doxing” and Cyber-Stalking

cyberbullying-and-doxxingOn July 11, 2016, the United States Department of Justice published a press release announcing the sentencing of Mir Islam of New York, NY.   Islam, 22-years old, was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison on three federal charges stemming from a conspiracy to commit various crimes related to the “swatting” and “doxing” of dozens of victims, interstate transmission of threats, cyber-stalking, making a false bomb threat against a university in Arizona ,and a pattern of online harassment constituting cyber-stalking against a university student.  All of the charges stem from Islam’s activities that took place between February and September 2013.

Mir Islam, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Bangladesh, was arrested in September 2013. In addition to the prison time, the Honorable Randolph D. Moss ordered Islam to be placed on three years of supervised release following the prison term.  During his supervised release, Mir Islam must agree to computer monitoring and other conditions. Continue reading

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Cyberharasser Files Fraudulent Copyright Infringement Notice

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On October 17, 2016, I received notification from Automattic that Santiago Rodriguez filed  a DMCA notice against this blog.  It was for a photo that I posted on Cyberharassers Make Direct Threats To Blogger Xena – Update.   The photo is from Santiago’s Facebook page, “Diego Rodriguez” and I captioned it as such.   As of this posting, the link is still active.

Here’s the notice;

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Appeals Court Reinstates Anthony Elonis’ Conviction For Threats On Facebook

Cross posted from We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident.

Last year, this case caught much attention and I was informed by some victims of cyberharassment that law enforcement used the case decision as an excuse to not pursue charges for online threats.  Some internet trolls were happy with the U.S. Supreme Court decision, assuming it addressed free speech.  The decision did not.  Rather, it addressed the reasonable person standard in the jury’s instructions, finding that the standard should have been reckless disregard.

The Morning Call reports: Continue reading

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