Facebook … making it possible to humiliate …

He is 15 years old. He is autistic.

The school where it happened

He is 15 years old. He is autistic. On Monday, January 10, his classmates took him into the toilet of their school and roughed him up, in other words, they hit him. They then poured the contents of a garbage bin over his head. All the time a young female scholar filmed this scene of debauchery with her cell (mobile) phone.  Next, she put it on Facebook.

This happened in the school named Collège Maryse Bastie. The town, village rather, where this school is in is named Nantiat which is a four-hour drive southwest from Paris in the Haut-Vienne region.  Little over 1600 people live in the village.

The police have not revealed how they had come to learn of the aggression and that it could be viewed on Facebook, but the aggressors now face a charge of “aggravated violence on a handicapped person.”

The video was removed from Facebook, but not before it had been viewed by many.

Maryse Bastie, who the school was named after, was an aviator who held several records for female aviators. One such award dated from the early 1930s and was for flying solo across the South Atlantic in a record time.  She was killed in 1952 during a solo flight when her plane crashed during take off. She hailed from the region.

What I would like to know is who is to blame here? A social site like Facebook where anything and everything goes, or the failure of parents to bring their children up properly?

Marilyn Z. Tomlins

4 Responses to “Facebook … making it possible to humiliate …”

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    fly in the web Says:

    There is a bullying culture in France and this dreadful event is just one manifestation of it.

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    Marilyn Z. Tomlins Says:

    Yes, one can only hope that those responsible will be made to pay for their behavior. I am so sorry for the autistic boy,

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    Jo Wake Says:

    I do so agree with Amy Lynn. Not taking personal responsibility is one of the biggest problems in the world today, IMHOP. It wasn’t society, your parents, or any one else, it was you.

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    Amy Lynn Burch Says:

    Marilyn~ I share in your anger regarding this horrible abuse and am thankful that the students face charges of aggravated violence against the handicapped. It is a sad phenomenon in the current celebrity-driven global culture that such actions are encouraged and then glorified by so-called reality television and social media. However, I would contend that the blame lay squarely on the shoulders of the perpetrators and not necessarily on Facebook and/or parents.

    It is a sad fact that very many criminally minded individuals come from respectable families with parents that took seriously their roles in raising empathetic and upright children. However, there are very many individuals that will do evil simply because they can regardless of proper upbringing. Examples would be Charles Starkweather, John Hinckley, and Leslie Van Houten. I do agree that there are, indeed, parents that fail to raise their children properly but I think that we need to shift the focus toward individual will and personal responsibility.

    These “children” clearly knew what they were doing, e.g., viciously humiliating a weaker person, so to speak, for entertainment. They are the ones responsible.

    As ever, thank you for your blog and articles. I enjoying reading your site!

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