A week has passed and the entire situation has created an opening for discussion amongst parents and teens about not only sexuality, but the use (and abuse) of social media.
Clearly the name “Amber Cole” is a fictitious pseudonym, but the truth of the matter is, there was still an actual real live girl on that tape doing things some grown folks don’t even do (regardless of her real name).
All of the teenagers involved in the incident are students at Douglass High School but school officials say the incident didn’t happen there.
It happened after school outside a building not used for instructional purposes.
Of the hundreds of comments posted around the web, everyone wondered why the hell this child’s parents hadn’t come forward to speak up for their child.
Well now, “Amber Cole”‘s father has come forward to clear the air about the situation, including revealing that the twitter account that many have been depending on for their “Amber Cole” updates is as fake as the “Amber Cole” name.
According to WJZ-TV, the young girl’s dad is furious about the video and spoke exclusively to them about his daughter’s situation. He says that his daughter did not know she was being taped and was “forced to do this. She was bullied, harassed into doing this.”
They did nothing to protect my daughter and I’m furious. I mean, any parent would be.
It hurts a lot of people– not just her, not just her reputation– but also her family.
The girl’s father also hopes someone pays for this.
The one that videotaped it, I hope he’s incarcerated. I’m hoping he gets some serious time out of this.
Police told the local CBS affiliate that the rumors of any arrests were false, as they are still investigating the case of “Amber Cole”. The child is a minor and therefore her “real” name may never really be revealed, but that’s in all actuality a good thing.
The teenage girl involved has since been transferred to another school after the incident and Baltimore City police continue to work with school officials in an ongoing investigation, while school officials are offering parents and students support in the wake of a difficult situation.
“In the meantime, city schools are working with the families of the students allegedly involved in the incident to make sure they receive the support they need,” says WJZ-TV.
Child Psychologist Dr. James Dasinger also notes,
“If they’re doing this kind of behavior, I think these are children in need of treatment or help in some manner, shape or form.”
And I totally agree…
What do you think about her father’s comments?
If it were your child how would you handle the situation?