One Indiana mother recently learned the worst news a parent could possibly hear from the absolute wrong source. Nikkita Milledge's son Anthoney was shot at 1 p.m. on Saturday, and before the police could even identify the 15-year-old's body, Milledge discovered his murder on Facebook. "Someone put on Facebook, 'RIP Anthony, I will miss you,' and then the phone calls started coming in to my house and cellphone," the mourning mother said.
She explained that when he hadn't answered her calls, she figured she'd check online to see where he was, and that's when she came across the tragic truth. What a nightmare ...
Anthoney, who had been spending the night with a friend on Friday, was shot twice outside an Indianapolis apartment. As Milledge put it, he was "gunned down in broad daylight." Completely horrific.
Already, a 19-year-old named Brice Price has been arrested for the shooting. Price and Anthoney were allegedly involved in a robbery, according to local news station WIBC News. Milledge told CNN:
I did everything to keep him busy but it wasn't enough. We all need to take a stand as mothers who have lost children.
So true ... so heartbreaking. But adding even more fuel to the fire is the level of insensitivity exhibited by the teens who supposedly loved Anthoney so much that they felt the need to broadcast his murder on Facebook in real time.
We're all guilty of making serious missteps on social media ... but when it comes to someone's death, especially a young person, we should ALL know better than to be tweeting and Facebook status updating about such a sensitive topic when it is too soon.
Granted, this isn't the first time social media has overstepped its boundaries in a situation like this, and it won't be the last. But maybe seeing how it affects a real mom like Milledge will make some sort of dent in attitudes about what and when it's appropriate to post news about a tragic, untimely death.
How do you feel about how this mother learned of her son's death?