Cyberbully hears from teen’s mom
Florida mom Debbie Piscitella allegedly took matters into her own hands in protecting her daughter, McKenna. The fourteen year old was the victim of cyberbullying on Facebook. Comments included name-calling and vile remarks such as she’s “a fat ******whale and didn’t deserve to live because she is so nasty that he wouldn’t even rape her.”
The girl’s father tried unsuccessfully to get the bully to stop. Her mother reported the bullying to the school resource officer and the police but nothing was done. Then when Jon, the 14-year-old bully was seen at a mall in St. Petersburg in May, 2012, the mother approached him. She reportedly yelled at him before choking him. Debbie claims to have placed one hand on his neck, not both. However, security videos and marks on his neck suggest otherwise. Debbie commented afterwards on Facebook that the police “understood exactly why I did it.” She was arrested, taken to jail and charged with child abuse.
When Debbie posted bail, she appeared on Good Morning America and admitted she lost it. She doesn’t want to be seen as a monster who goes after kids, but when Jon told her he wasn’t going to stop the bullying, she reacted. McKenna appeared upset during the interview and, her mother stated, wanted to hurt herself because of the online comments. Debbie regrets not contacting Jon’s parents about the situation before confronting Jon personally. Oftentimes, contacting the bully’s parents is the way to go. Many times, they have no idea that their teen is bullying other kids at school or online. Once notified, they can address it directly with their son or daughter and put an end to it.