Parents, there's a reason that I urge you to monitor your children closely when they're online or on their phones. I hope to help prevent tragedies like the one that recently occurred. It really breaks my heart.
An 18-year-old girl, Michelle Carter, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter after shocking text messages to a friend were revealed. They appear to be urging him to take his own life.
The boy in question, 18-year-old Conrad Roy III, was an accomplished athlete and had just been accepted to Fitchburg State University. He had also received his captain's license from Northeast Maritime Institute and graduated from Old Rochester Regional High School with a 3.8 GPA.
Roy was also suffering from suicidal thoughts and had previously tried to take his own life, something that Carter knew. “Instead of attempting to assist him or notify his family or school officials, Ms. Carter is alleged to have strongly influenced his decision to take his own life, encouraged him to commit suicide, and guided him in his engagement of activities which led to his death,” the office said in a statement.