How upsetting! A mother claimed that her son was harassed and attacked in a local Walmart for wearing a pink headband, and now she’s been hospitalized for stress after being inundated with thousands of threats. Kathleen blogged about her experience, but received threatening messages and emails when she made the encounter public.
Kathleen Carpenter, 31, who blogs under the name Katie Vyktoria, shared her experience with her readers on her blog, AMotherThing. The site has been temporarily taken down due to an onslaught of harsh threats! In her post, Katie explained an altercation that she claims took place in her local Clermont, Florida Walmart, where her two-year-old son Dexter was physically and verbally attacked by an unidentified man, who screamed gay slurs at the young boy for wearing a pink headband.
Boy’s Pink Headband — Update: Mom Hospitalized For Stress
A two-year-old boy was reportedly harassed at a Florida Walmart after a stranger screamed offensive gay slurs about his wearing of a pink headband and physically removed the frilly hairpiece from his head.
Just days after sharing the details of this harrowing Walmart ordeal, mom Katie was taken to a medical center after suffering from severe stress. According to the Orlando Sentinel, the mom was taken to a hospital because she struggling to cope with the publicity of the incident. The Sentinel reports that Katie told the police in a police report:
That the attention obtained by her story and the negative comments and communications to her had become too much stress and she could not handle the situation … anymore.
The paper also reports that the mother-of-two was thinking of committing suicide, and the situation become very serious.
Police Investigate Story of Young Boy Being Harassed
Once details of the incident were released, some blog readers began doubting the situation, questioning why the mother would not press charges immediately following the encounter. Katie has since closed her blog and social media accounts, but not before posting a last message on her Facebook account, seen by News 13:
I a[m] going to be offline for the next while until all of this is resolved.
The Lake County police are currently investigating the situation, and are working to obtain surveillance tape from the Walmart to confirm Katie’s story. A case for harassing communication has also been started, after Katie received phone calls and more than 11,000 emails. Katie has reportedly been advised by the police not to publicly discuss the incident any further.
Our thoughts are with the family. We hope that Katie gets the necessary help to resolve her issues with stress.
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— Lindsay Goldstein