Everyone – or most everyone – who came across my post from yesterday about a blog written by a woman who seems to be full of contempt and anger towards her stepdaughter, a young girl with Down syndrome is understandably concerned. The blog leaves readers with the impression that the girl is certainly in harm’s way, and the woman seems to have no qualms writing about her disgust and disdain for the girl, and interweaving her commentary with heavy doses of Christianity, which, to be honest, makes her sound all the more bizarre and sick.
I’ve received so many comments that I wanted to update with what I know at this point.
I am concerned, too. I’ve been heartsick over it, wondering how this little girl is, wondering if there is anyone looking out for her. Her father left two comments here yesterday: the first one asking if anyone has tried to help rather than just passing judgment, and the next one basically saying that the situation is under control and they don’t need anyone’s help or concern.
I don’t know what to make of any of it. Some have questioned if the woman is even for real – I wondered this myself. I’ve had enough experience with internet trolls on message boards to wonder. If you’re unaware of what a troll is, it’s someone who concocts a false identity and elaborate stories that get a lot of people distressed. They do this for a variety of reasons: boredom, loneliness, and just plain being whack. I don’t know if this woman is for real or not; she’s easy enough to find on Pinterest and Facebook, but that doesn’t mean much. There are apparently people who have had private contact with her and believe her to be for real. As of today, she has made her blog viewable by invitation only, so I guess she’s not liking the outrage, concern, and negative feedback so much.
A fellow Ds parent contacted the local Down syndrome organization where this family apparently lives, and the organization assured the parent that they are aware of the blog and the family and that the situation is not being ignored. A lot of people are aware, concerned, and are doing what they can.