A young seven year old girl, Kathleen Edward, from Michigan with Huntington’s Disease was bullied by her adult neighbors. According to CBS News, the neighbors posted a picture of her face with crossbones on their Facebook networking site plus a picture of Kathleen Edward’s recently deceased mother in the arms of the grim reaper. They also drove past the house with a homemade hearse, honking and beeping, with disturbing pictures painted on the exterior. The public raised money for Kathleen Edward so she could enjoy a shopping spree to a toy store after her bullying became news.
Huntington’s Disease is a neurological disease that typically affects people after middle age. The brain disease eventually leads to dementia and death. Physical signs of Huntington’s Disease include chorea, involuntary muscle spasms. According to ABC News, Kathleen Edward is in the late stages of Huntington’s Disease, and her mother recently passed away from the same condition.
Kathleen Edward’s neighbors were not originally apologetic for their bullying in an interview with their local news station, WJBK. The neighbor, Jennifer Petkov, said she posted the pictures “for personal satisfaction” and showed no remorse for her cruel and inhumane actions against an ill child. According to a follow-up report with WJBK, the neighbors have since changed their stance on their bullying, apologized to Kathleen Edward, and joined the neighborhood in lighting candles for the child. Scott Petkov, Jennifer Petkov’s husband, said “It was an ignorant thing that we did and it was basically in retaliation about things that were said about my house and my wife.”
After the bullying of Kathleen Edwards became news, members of the public began donating money for her to enjoy a toy shopping spree. Babble.com reported that a white limousine picked up Kathleen Edwards for her shopping spree, and that she began her shopping by picking out gifts for her family, rather than herself. According to WJBK, Kathleen Edwards plans to share much of the money raised for her benefit with other suffering children. Any money Kathleen Edward doesn’t use in her shopping spree or towards her care will be donated to local children’s hospitals.
Hopefully Kathleen Edward enjoyed her shopping spree and the toys she was able to purchase. Bullying should never happen and it is especially sickening in this situation, where adults tormented a terminally ill child. Thankfully, generous hearts all over the world created a positive, joyful situation for Kathleen Edward out of her neighbor’s cruel bullying.
Wikipedia Huntington’s Disease
ABC NEWSChild Dying of Huntington’s Disease While Family Taunted by Neighbors
WJKB My Fox DetroitWoman Who Taunted Dying Girl Now Offers Apology
Babble.com 7 Year Old with Huntington’s Disease Gets Shopping Spree/
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