Hate: To dislike intensely or passionately; feel extreme aversion for or extreme hostility toward; detest: to hate the enemy; to hate bigotry.
Respect: Esteem for or a sense of the worth or excellence of a person, a personal quality or ability, or something considered as a manifestation of a personal quality or ability: I have great respect for her judgment.
Accept: To accommodate or reconcile oneself to: to accept the situation.
As parents we teach our children and teens that hate is not healthy. We teach them to respect others. We teach them in life there are things we need to accept.
But how do you explain the unexplainable?
The trial, which is being called the trial of the decade, is over, the outcome has brought more hate in our country. Is it justifiable hate and outrage? Many say – “YES.”
Casey Anthony will be a free woman within hours. Although she was found “not guilty” does that mean she is innocence? Does that mean we have a baby killer that will be set free? Does that mean Florida condones child abuse and neglect? When was the last time you lost your child and didn’t report it for over a month?
The jurors in this case are being vilified by many, including people that work in the legal system. With only two jurors speaking so far (and many hope not to hear from anymore), it is clear they didn’t have a full understanding that circumstantial evidence is evidence, it is clearer that they didn’t understand the jury instructions. As one juror stated, they didn’t see motive (which the state did provide and legally didn’t have to – if they read the instructions, they would have known this) and another juror stated there wasn’t a cause of death. Again, frustration grows among the public since the state wasn’t required to give a cause of death, yet did.
As some media tells the public they need to accept this verdict and move on, it is true, but it doesn’t mean we have to respect it. It is blatant the jurors didn’t respect the law, (jury instructions), so it is hard for many to respect the verdict. Actually many call it an insult to their intelligence.
Ft. Lauderdale resident, Trish S. stated, “My stomach is still sick over this travesty, and the pain is not going away. My anger is at the jurors for not taking their time to review all the tons of evidence.”
Her feelings are echoed over and over on many Facebook pages.
With almost 45,000 LIKEs on “I Hate Casey Anthony Page” and over 750,000 LIKEs on “F*** Casey Anthony” this anger is not subsiding soon.
Working with parents of teenagers, it is common to hear that a teen has runaway. As the authorities are called in some cases, the parent is told this is usually typical teen behavior, and most are confident they will come home. A report is usually filled out, and most teens are home before it gets filed.
Now we are proposing Caylee’s Law, which will be beneficial to some, but is too late for Caylee Marie Anthony.
Social media is now the wave that is launching new ways to vent your anger. What pages have you joined? Feel free to vent your anger, your opinions, and your pages to share with others in comments below.
Aris Fernandez, a Green Cove resident and father, created Boycott Casey Anthony Page shortly after the verdict was read. His page started with a few members, and is now well over 16,000.
Yes, we have to accept this verdict, but we don’t have to respect it. Hate is not healthy, but when a death of a child is involved, it is very hard to accept.
Let’s end on a positive note, listen to Rascal Flatts song, “She’s Going Places,” in dedication to and a tribute to Caylee Marie Anthony.
Watch the video on the sidebar.
Although we never meet her, we all fell in love with her.