It took two and a half months for a video of a dead girl to end up at her parents' house. If that were the most horrifying part, the world could just send Jeff and Lucretia Kempson a few bouquets of flowers and be done with it.
But there's the little matter of what happened with the video of Dayna Kempson-Schacht at the scene of the car accident that claimed her life in the two and a half months before it ended up at the Kempsons' house.
It traveled through an entire town. And people looked at it.
Shot by a local firefighter who responded to the scene of the accident in July, it was a video that was deemed too disturbing for local news channels to air on the public airwaves and included people saying things like, "Look at that piece of skull right there on the console.”
Dayna had lost control of her vehicle, crashing into a grove of trees. The 23-year-old died instantly, so by the time responders got to the scene, there was no chance they could have simply been trying to document her last moments for her parents.
The shooting of the video calls to mind the poor judgment of the doctors who snapped photos of a dying man at a Long Beach, California hospital earlier this year, then posted them to Facebook. The so-called caregivers were disciplined for being so callous -- four staffers were even fired for the incident.
This firefighter skipped Facebook, going straight for the "viral via text message" mode. He allegedly talked up the video of Dayna at the scene of the accident at the local bar, then whipped out his cell phone and sent it along to interested patrons.
Who says, "Hey, can you send me video of that dead chick?"
And who looks at it, then passes it along to someone else?
The firefighter's actions were questionable at best here -- he's been suspended for the incident -- but the rest of the residents of Spalding County, Georgia could have put an end to it at any time with a simple click of the "delete" button on their phones.
Unfortunately, the growing number of these videos -- from a gang rape of a teen girl to a woman throwing puppies in a river -- prove it isn't just Spalding County, Georgia that's got a problem with getting off on people's pain. Everybody's rubbernecking. Everybody's compounding the Kempsons' pain.
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