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Mom Who Choked Daughter's Facebook Bully Speaks Out

Mon, June 4, 2012 12:45pm EDT by 5 Comments
Mother Chokes Facebook Bully

The Florida mom arrested for choking a boy over his vicious Facebook comments to her daughter said she ‘lost it’ when she put her hands around his neck in the middle of a mall.

Debbie Piscitella replayed the incident and spoke about the emotions that overcame her when she choked the 14-year-old boy in the St. Petersburg mall.

Debbie recalled on the June 4 Good Morning America broadcast how she confronted the boy, whose name has not been released. “I said, ‘Stop saying things about my daughter on Facebook,’ and I did use some expletives, and I was told that he wasn’t going to stop and he didn’t have to stop.”

Debbie, 46, and her 13-year-old daughter McKenna were shopping on May 28 when they spotted the alleged Facebook bully who commented that McKenna’s picture looked like “a fat f—— whale and didn’t deserve to live because she is so nasty that he wouldn’t even rape her.”

“What really, really did it was when she was so upset about it,” continued Debbie. “She wanted to hurt herself. That, to me, as a parent, seeing my daughter like that really angered me.”

A tearful McKenna also shared what made her most upset about the whole ordeal: “Just the things that he was saying about me.”

Debbie said she and McKenna’s father, Jim, had tried to contact authorities to stop the bullying, but it had fallen on deaf ears. “I went to the school. I went to the SRO, the School Resource Office,” she said. “They [McKenna’s father] contacted the police even that night and they were like, ‘Oh, there’s nothing we can do about it.’

Debbie offered advice on what other parents can learn from the incident, saying “I want people to, obviously, try to go through the proper channels. I want you to monitor your children and what your children are doing on Facebook because, obviously, if you look on the Facebook of the children in question, the things that are on there, as a parent, I would shut it down immediately.”

Debbie is charged for child abuse.

Check out the video below, HollyMoms. Vote! Do you think Debbie’s actions were justified?

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