Imagine hanging out with your friends and y’all have nothing to do. Nobody in the whole ass teenagery group can think of anything to do, but… play on a bridge. Story here.
The bridge is minding its business being a bridge, but you and your friends are bored and peer pressure one friend to jump from the bridge.
When you tell your friends that you are scared, but proceed to climb over the railing that is there for your safety… you expect your friends to understand, right? Mind you, you are still on the ledge and over the railing that’s there for YOUR safety.
However, one friend decides that even tho you are scared, she’ll give you a push anyway. Once again, she’s not the one over the railing that’s there for YOUR safety!!
Now, it’s a problem. You are pushed. You fall. You are greatly injured. Your lung is punctured. Your ribs are broken. You suffer emotionally, anxiety and panic attacks.
In the days that follow, your friend doesn’t visit while you are recovering.
You’re still suffering tho. There’s no apology. You’re still suffering tho.
Court date arrives. Your friend gets 2 days in jail and some other minor convictions, but still… she has not paid in time, nearly the consequences that you have b/c she shed some faux tears and the judge took pity on her.
What do you do? How do you go on knowing that your crying, pleading, and safety are at risk?
Tay’lor, who is considered an adult, pushed Holgerson, now 17, 50 feet off the bridge into a river. Holgerson sustained multiple injuries as a result.
According to People, “The teen spent three days in the hospital recovering from her injuries, including multiple broken ribs and a punctured lung.”
Holgerson said to People, “I didn’t ask for any of this but last summer my said-to-be good friend changed my life for the worse,” Holgerson said before breaking down into tears. “This nightmare started for me when I was falling through the air.”
According to People, “In addition to two days in jail, the judge sentenced Smith to 38 days on a work crew and ordered her to have no contact with the victim for two years. She also must pay a $300 fine.”
Holgerson’s mother, stated, “My issue is that Tay’lor has had no sympathy… she asked the judge to “force” Smith to “spend as many days in jail” as her daughter did in a hospital bed.”
Tay’lor stated in her defense, “She wanted to jump and she was scared and she had asked me to give her a push, and I didn’t think about the consequences. I thought she would be fine.”
A Rant in my Spirit:
Listen, Tabitha… I got questions.
I wonder if you secretly didn’t like her or something?
What did the other girls say when they were questioned? Were they questioned? This should have gone to trial b/c there’s definitely more to this story.
While I know that peer pressure is hard to resist, you knew better. As an adult, possibly the only adult there, you knew better! 😒
You got two days in jail and 38 days on a work crew b/c of your tears and skin color. What the hell is a work crew anyway?
You got away scot-free when you should have been punished much harsher than you were. Honestly, I don’t know what the hell that stupid judge was thinking!
I guess tears are powerful. I don’t even think you were truly remorseful. It definitely doesn’t look like it, but that’s not my real problem.
My real issue is if that were anyone else, perhaps someone with a darker hue than you, that would have been attempted murder and the highest bond set possible.
The unequal lines of justice where Caucasians get away with damn near everything they do is wild! Meanwhile, black and brown people can’t even breathe or do anything without being killed, questioned, or reported to the police. 😠😠
But… whatever! 😑
Word of Advice:
I really don’t have anything to say other than your tears, skin color, and privilege are why you’re able to resume your life like nothing happened.
Your so-called friend has been traumatized and scarred for life, while you roam freely. Unbothered. I don’t think you were her friend in the first place.
The good thing about this is that karma will catch up to you somehow, some way. You will be held accountable for what you did to her.
Finally, you know damn well she didn’t ask you to push her. You did that b/c you wanted to and she was already out on the ledge. Space and opportunity presented itself, so you gladly obliged. 😒
Some friend you are.