Gabby Schilling, the daughter of former Red Sox star Curt Schilling, was recently the victim of cyberbullying via Twitter when it was announced that she was accepted to Salve Regina College on a softball scholarship. A swarm of Twitter users sent shocking sexually aggressive tweets at Gabby Schilling and her father, which caused Curt to unleash his wrath on the bullies. However, Gabby Schilling may not need her father to stand up for her.
According to the New York Post, Curt and Gabby Schilling appeared on Good Morning America to talk about the cyberbullies. Gabby’s father is making a conscious effort to expose the Twitter users who threatened his daughter and hold them accountable for their behavior. During the interview, Gabby expressed her full support of her father’s quest and voiced her own opinion of the internet trolls.
“Nobody should be able to get away with saying things like that to a father about their daughter,” Gabby Schilling said.
So far, the efforts of the Schillings have been surprisingly fruitful so far. Curt started by writing a blog post about the Twitter trolls, claiming that he’s taking legal action against the offenders since Gabby Schilling is technically a minor.
“Lost in all of this is, my daughter is 17. She’s a minor. And these guys are all adults. I’m pursuing legal recourse on a couple of them because they broke the law. What they did can have them labeled as a sex offender for the rest of their lives.”
Curt and Gabby have already succeeded in getting at least nine of the cyberbullies suspended from his school or fired from their jobs. According to the New York Daily News, one of those trolls was revealed to be a former ticket-seller for the New York Yankees, which could explain where some of the resentment came from that provoked him to lash out against Gabby Schilling.
“There is no place for anything like this and the Yankees have zero tolerance for anything of this nature,” said Jason Zillo, the Yankees’ executive director of communications. “He is no longer with us.”
In the interview with Good Morning America, Curt said of Gabby “I’ll do everything I can do to not embarrass her, but I’ll never not protect her.”
How would you react if to internet trolls threatening your daughter like they did to Gabby Schilling?
For more on Curt Schilling, read about how his cancer has gone into remission.