Curt Schilling is amazed that anyone would tell him to simply ignore the men who ruthlessly bullied and harassed his 17-year-old daughter, Gabby online.
The incident began when the proud dad tweeted congratulations to his daughter on her announcement to attend and play softball for Salve Regina University in Rhode Island. Shockingly, a flood of sexually oriented and violent comments in reference to Gabby followed. Understandably, Schilling went into protective dad mode. He took his furry to his blog and outed 2 of the bullies by name and occupation.
“My daughter comes to me beyond upset. She didn’t do anything, she never said anything, yet she’s now receiving personal messages with guys saying things to her, well let’s just say I can’t repeat and I’m getting beyond angry thinking about it. Her boyfriend, a wicked good hockey player who has a fighting streak I absolutely love is going out of his mind to be let off his leash but unlike the athletes tweeting this stuff he understands the potential consequences of his actions and knows the time and place will hopefully come when he can make it right on his own terms. These boys have yet to understand one of life’s most important lessons. In the real world you get held accountable for the things you say and if you are not careful that can mean some different things.”
There have already some consequences. One offender was suspended from Brookdale Community College. The other was terminated from his job as a ticket-taker for the Yankees.
The frustration continued for Schilling, as people criticized him for ratting out the bullies who tormented his daughter. Again, he responded on his blog, 38 Pitches.
“H*ll no. For those of you saying ‘just block it’ or ‘get off twitter’, stop reading now. I would bet 100 [percent] of you are either childless fathers or single. Here’s the thing. You can do whatever you choose when someone tries to verbally or physically attack one of your children. Me? I don’t possess the ‘turn the other cheek’ gene when it gets there. [sic]”
He made it very clear that he does not intend to let the bullies’ heartless actions go quietly.
“But you want to say and post things attacking my family? I won’t say you can’t, because I cannot stop you. But I will tell you this. I can and will find you and if what you’ve done has harmed my children mentally/physically then it will not end well. That’s not me talking trash or acting tough, that’s me, and every single father on the planet explaining how this sort of stuff ends.”
He also expressed absolutely no regret for revealing the offenders or for any fallout they may face as a result.
“The boys that have gotten bad fallout from this. Do I feel bad? No. Do I sympathize? No. Whatever is their result is 100 [percent] on them…”
Curt Schilling emphasizes that kids are killing themselves over cyber-bullying and that people — not social media — need to be held accountable in the real world for their actions online. According to CBS Sports, Schilling plans to “pursue all legal options.”
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