When a community loses a child, it is always a tragedy…. but when it is compounded by hatred, irresponsibility and the failures of people and public systems to hear and validate cries for help, or even apologize, it is an unending nightmare.

     Grace McComas was a joyful and bright child from birth, until the day of a drug-assisted sexual assault at age 14, followed by malicious cyberbullying, character assassination. and shunning by her community.  She was a communicative teen and we were aware of what was happening to her. We got her support, and did everything the ‘bullying experts’ suggest, by taking screen shots and alerting schools, police, courts and even members of our church requesting help, which either didn’t come, or came too late to matter. She died by suicide Easter Sunday 2012.

    Grace and the injustice of her story deserves to be heard. Her voice has been silenced, but I, her mother, will speak for her, work to improve the world which allowed this to happen, and hopefully find some small measure of peace and justice in the process. The 2013 unanimous  passage of Maryland’s “Grace’s Law” (which makes the repeated cyberharassment of a minor a crime) is a start, but much more needs to be done to promote awareness of the dangers posed by the misuse of social media in the digital age, and to encourage  civility, respect for human dignity and compassion in our culture.

I hope you will follow our story and join our cause.

 Christine Pfister McComas

Grace McComas 10/9/96 ~ 4/8/12

Grace McComas
10/9/96 ~ 4/8/12

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