Just when it seemed like there was no way to battle online bullying, former baseball star Curt Schilling proves otherwise.
The protective dad decided to respond when he discovered that some young men had been harassing his daughter, Gabby Schilling, via Twitter. The social media harassment came as a response to Schilling’s congratulatory message to his daughter, on Twitter, following her acceptance to college.
“Congrats to Gabby Schilling who will pitch for the Salve Regina Seahawks next year,” read Schilling’s tweet.
The responses, mostly positive, got disturbing, however, when fellow prospective students used violent and vulgar language directed at Gabby. “[There were] tweets with the word rape, bloody underwear and pretty much every other vulgar and defiling word you could likely fathom began to follow,” Schilling commented. “I get it. Guys will be guys. Guys will say dumb cr-p, often. But I can’t ever remember, drunk, in a clubhouse, with best friends, with anyone, ever speaking like this to someone,” he added.
Schilling decided to take matters into his own hands and track down two of the offensive tweeters. He went on to publicly shame the two men, one of them a student at Brookdale Community College, the other, Sean MacDonald, a fraternity member at Montclair State University.
“I gotta believe if Theta Xi is cool with a VP of one of their chapters acting like this I’d prefer to have no one I know in it. Also, does anyone attending Montclair State University have a student handbook? If so can you pass it along because I am pretty sure there are about 90 violations in this idiot’s tweets,” Schilling wrote online.
In the wake of the harsh paternal reaction, both offensive Twitter accounts have been deleted. Brookdale Community College has supposedly suspended the student in question. The second young man, an employee of the Yankees baseball club, has been fired.
Schilling is pleased with his actions and their repercussions. “In the real world you get held accountable for the things you say,” he commented, in reference to online bullying.