While I understand an older teenager flirting with or dating a younger teenager is frowned upon, especially in more puritanical locations, there is nothing objectively wrong with it. At this point, people being overly judgmental have set their brains aside and are just virtue signalling. As far as I know, this boy did not harm anyone.
On the other hand, mass gang-bullying a teenager to the point of suicide is incredibly harmful. I'd say fucking despicable.
No, saying that asking a 14 year old girl for pictures of her masturbating is not virtue signaling. That is solicitation of child pornography. It's a crime in these parts at least.
This wasn't a 16 year old hitting on a 14 year old. He was 19 at the time. Just because his age ended in "teen" does not mean they were remotely developmentally close. This is a college sophmore with a highschool freshman. A 14 year old messaged him saying she was a fan and he immediately saw this as an opportunity for sexual gratification. Likely not the only time.
He is not a teenager, he is now 25. I don't know that he was mass bullied. He likely should have retreated from the internet anyway. But I find it hard to imagine anyone said anything to him that was worse then asking a 14 year old girl for photos of her masturbating. His reaction when called out did not seem to show genuine remorse or a genuine attempt to get better. When called out he made a statement acting as if he didn't remember anything about what was said and backhandedly implying that the accuser was lying, leading to them receiving backlash and hate. When more evidence came out, he copped to as little as possible, posting enough to seem like he was "confessing" but intentionally leaving out enough details (like the girl telling him he was 14 right up front). Then eventually he had no choice but to confess.
Zero is the author of his own misfortune. Hope he recovers and then gets whatever help he needs to not be a predator, but holding someone accountable is not bullying.
Yeah, he seems to be judged a bit too harshly. I dont know the whole story, but it seems like he sent some sexually charged texts to some younger teenagers when he was 19. If he was like 25 or older I would get the hate. I dont know. I was never a fan of the guy. He always seemed a bit obnoxious to me, but I dont think he deserves the hate. Unless Im missing something about the story...
He was 19 at the time and among other things he requested pictures of a 14 year old masturbating. Do you find that acceptable?