Disgusting Trolls Force Sandy Hook Teacher's Family to Trademark Her Heroic Name

Victoria Soto

Victoria Soto was just 27 years old when she was killed during the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. After the gunman entered the school, Soto hid her students, then died trying to protect them. By and large, Soto has been hailed as a hero since her untimely passing, but her family has recently had been forced to apply to trademark her name in a last-ditch attempt to stop others from misusing it on social media.

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Authorities have said Soto hid students and tried to shield others from the gunman who killed 20 children and 6 women who worked as teachers or administrators during the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. Eleven students in her classroom survived when Adam Lanza opened fire in the December 14, 2012 shooting.

Soto’s final courageous acts were lauded after the tragedy by the mayor in her hometown of Stratford, Connecticut:

You have a teacher who cared more about her students than herself. That speaks volumes to her character, and her commitment and dedication.

Unfortunately, it seems some people have been using her name to promote conspiracy theories about the massacre — and even to harass her family members. According to her sister Jillian Soto,

Vicki did a heroic thing, there are 11 kids that are alive today because of the actions of my sister. And we don’t need anything negative to be tied to her name any longer.

She also said the misuse of her sister’s name also makes it harder for people to find links to the Vicki Soto Memorial Fund, which raises money for scholarships for aspiring educators.

Basically, every time an abusive or unauthorized Twitter account appears, the family has to fill out a form and send it to the company. Twitter then investigates and determines whether the account violates the company’s policies and should be removed, but the process is time-consuming and allows abusers to repeatedly exploit Soto’s name and images. Soto's sister says the trademark protection should expedite the steps between abuse and removal.

Now we can say, 'Look they can’t use this name, it has to come down right now.'

Every time I think I’ve seen it all, the Internet proves me wrong: the bottom is always deeper than it seems. I honestly don’t know what could possibly compel a person to use this woman’s photo to harass her family or promote some insane theory that the shooting was all made up, aside from mental illness. This goes way beyond trolling, it’s just reprehensible. I’m sorry her family has to go through the hassle of filing for trademark protection, but if it ultimately makes it harder for soulless people to misuse Victoria Soto’s name, then I’m all for it. It’s too bad these anonymous cowards can’t be instantly punished for stooping so low — I’m thinking electronic shock delivered by keyboard sounds about right.

Can you believe people have been misusing this young woman’s name like this?


Image via VickiSotoMemorial.com

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