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Earlier this week, two-year-old Bryson Ross drowned in a swimming pool at his family's new home in Florida. About a half hour after calling paramedics, his mom, Shellie Ross—who blogs about being mom at blog4mom, and has a twitter account (military_mom) with more than 5,000 followers—tweeted about the accident. Five hours later, she wrote "remembering my million dollar baby," and posted photos of Bryson on her Twitter account.
Debates erupted on Twitter and in newspapers about the appropriateness of her actions. Some people called Shellie callous and say she was probably twittering while her son was in danger; others says she was simply reaching out to her Twitter followers for comfort during a tragedy.
Although the tweets have been deleted and her account changed to private, here is the chronology of tweets and events as reported by Florida Today:
On the day of the accident, she tweeted throughout the day about what was going on in her life, including decorating the family’s Christmas tree.
At 5:22 p.m. she tweeted about the fog as she worked in her chicken coop.
According to 9-1-1 records, a phone call from Ross came in at 5:38 p.m. that she had found her son at the bottom of their screened-in swimming pool.
She posted a tweet at 6:12 p.m.: “Please pray like never before, my 2 yr old fell in the pool.”
Five hours later she posted “remembering my million dollar baby” along with photos of a smiling Bryson.
In a tweet posted the next day, Ross wrote, “I was outside with him and it took two seconds for him to slip away."
I can't imagine this mom's pain and my heart goes out to her and her family.
What do you think about Shellie Ross's tweets? Would you reach out to your online community minutes after a tragedy?