Online Teen Relationship Ends in Tragedy
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Authorities say teen girl encouraged her online boyfriend to commit suicide, coaching him through the process.
"Everyone will be sad for a while but they will get over it and move on." These are the chilling words texted by 18-year-old Michelle Carter to her online boyfriend Conrad Roy III before he committed suicide in July 2014. It's every parent's worst nightmare; someone talking to their teen and coaching them to do something dangerous or extreme without the parent ever knowing. Yet this is exactly what happened and what authorities are contributing to the leading cause of Roy's suicide.
The online relationship between Carter and Roy had lasted about two year's before his death, but even in that time the young couple only met in person once or twice. In that time the teens exchanged thousands of text messages, including the ones in which Carter encourages Roy "to just do it" in reference to his suicidal thoughts.
Perhaps most disturbing is the fact that Carter even helped Roy research the best methods and gave him alternatives if one didn't work. When Roy suggested that he was hesitant to follow through with it, Carter's response to him was "You always say you're gonna do it, but you never do," she texted. "I just want to make sure tonight is the real thing."
Carter will be charged with involuntary manslaughter for her texts encouraging her online boyfriend to commit suicide..
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