We report our fair share of horrifying stories here on The Stir, but this one has to be one of the most upsetting ones yet. A 14-year-old girl in Florida is currently being accused of choking her newborn baby to death moments after he was born. I'm not going to get into all of the extremely disturbing details, as they're basically much too much to type, but I will fill you in on the basics of this god-awful story.
Cassidy Goodson, a freshman in high school, reportedly got pregnant. And she was too scared to tell her mother. She hid her pregnancy the entire time by wearing baggy clothes, and even showed her mom, who was supposedly in "complete denial", two "negative" pregnancy tests. But other family members -- two aunts -- suspected otherwise. And nothing was done about the situation.
So, fast forward to nine months later, and Cassidy gives birth to a baby boy -- alone in her bathroom. And that's when things go horribly, horribly wrong. Goodson allegedly choked the newborn to death while he was still attached to her by the umbilical cord. Then, three days later, police received a phone call from Cassidy's mother, who, let's just put it this way: Found the baby.
To say that this story is upsetting and disturbing is the understatement of the century. It makes most of us wonder how the hell anything so awful could ever happen in this world. It also makes us wonder if anything could have been done to prevent something so tragic from happening.
Clearly, Cassidy is a person who needs a lot of help. Almost everyone knows that killing is wrong, regardless of age, but the fact that she was so afraid to tell her mother she was pregnant speaks volumes. And it also begs the questions: If sex education were more effective in schools, would this have happened? Or if resources and information were more readily available from the state, would this have occurred? The onus isn't solely on the state or the school system, obviously, but could they have helped?
Whether you're pro-life or pro-choice, I think it goes without saying that an abortion would have been a far better option than the awfulness of what occurred in Cassidy's home. And, obviously, it would have been even better if this never occurred at all -- IE, if she knew the benefits of protection/had easy access to them.
It's hard to even figure out what to make of terribly gruesome stories like this, but I think one thing is for sure: We all would like to see a whole lot less of them -- by any means necessary.
What do you think of this?
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