The case of the Steubenville High school football players has ended and the boys have been found guilty of rape, the case was busted wide open when photos of the victim was passed around by the players on their cell phones. The pictures showed a teen girl completely knocked out and drunk being dragged around by the boys who all had sex with her. This story brings to mind another young girl who was in a similar situation but did not live to see her tormentors brought to justice.
Felicia Garcia and cellphone pictures
Felicia Garcia was a 15 year old high school student who grew up with no family, her parents were killed at an early age in an accident and she grew up in various foster homes. Felicia, like so many young girls today had no father and very little direction, one day she made the mistake of sleeping with a member of a Staten Island football team, this turned into a very bad situation for her as 4 members of the football team all ended up having intercourse with her all at the same time, as bad as the situation was it became worst.
Cellphones are the new parents
Teens do everything on their phones today, the most intimate details of their lives are shared with friends on their phones, it is a world where adults are not permitted to enter. One of the most disturbing trends among teenagers is the sharing of details by cellphone video, the boys who had sex with Felicia recorded it on their cellphones and shared the footage, soon many of the students were passing around Felicia’s bad decision with the football team. Humiliated, she was taunted continually in school and tried to ignore what happened that horrible night but she confessed to a friend that she could not take it anymore. When Felecia could not take the taunting and the video that lived forever on the boy's cellphones she stood on a train platform and as scores of students waited for the train she jumped in front of an on coming train , she died at the scene.
Sadly in the United States 15 year old boys are heroes if they can kick or catch a ball, many of the Staten Island parents were worried that the boys would be suspended and miss some “important games”. Many blame the school for protecting the players (One who had a scholarship to play college football) In a fatherless generation many of the young girls are suffering, the role of a loving supportive male is crucial to a young girl's development. The hidden world of teen cellphones has caused bullying to be taken to another level. It is time parents demand to know what is happening on their teen's phone, at 15 teens do not have the intelligence or experience to be unsupervised on these mobile devices, it is time for parent to step up and start parenting. Catching a football does not make a child exceptional, character and behavior does.
In Memory of Felicia Garcia