Social media rumors difficult to fight Esteban Parra, Brittany Horn and Karl Baker, The News Journal
For more than two weeks, many people in Delaware and beyond believed that Amy Inita Joyner-Francis was beaten to death inside the girls bathroom at Howard High School of Technology.
I thought she died from a heart-attack?
That “knowledge” came from social media rumors because no official source confirmed anything until Monday when the Attorney General’s Office issued a release saying that Amy died of cardiac arrest after being repeatedly punched in the face and chest. It also announced that three teen girls at the school were being charged in her death.
I thought she died from being beaten to death ?
The lack of confirmation did not stop some media outlets from spreading some of the false details.
Well it looks like she was beaten so hard in the chest it triggered a heart-attack! Amy died because she was murdered !
And city and state elected officials, in calling for changes to prevent another school attack, repeated many of the unconfirmed rumors.
If there was no death in this case we wouldn’t hear shit from many elected officials! Where are the elected officials supporting the cries of Skyline’s parents and student?
Experts say a reason for that is people’s need to fill a vacuum of information. And many people, especially young people, believe what they read if it is posted by those in their social media circles.
In the case of the News Journal people seek more information because of the NJ’s bias reporting and dropping to their knees for Rodel and Markell.
They news Journal refuses to report the color of a criminal wanted for a crime or description of the attacked or robber! Yet they have no problem releasing names of minor in the Howard High Case! Two of the girls didn’t even touch Amy!
What happen at Howard High was a school-yard fight gone bad! And yes those involved must pay the piper!
The root of the problem goes beyond the walls of area high schools or the confines of social media, said D.J. Saunders, a 2015 graduate of Dickinson High School in Pike Creek, who knew Joyner-Francis. Growing up in Wilmington, gang shootings create a violent atmosphere that can spread to people not involved in those crimes, he said. Saunders had been involved in violent acts in the past, he said, but declined to elaborate except to attribute it to the city’s toxic environment.
Code for ; if you can’t fix the street, you can’t fix the school!
None of us have the right answer ! Amy is gone and her family will suffer the loss forever.
So what to do with these three girls? Will they become the poster children for real change in Wilmington? Or will they melt into the street after their release or probation?