The Ugly Face of Social Media

As I said in an earlier post, I’ve taken the plunge again and returned to Facbook to keep in contact with family and some local news entities. One of the pages I started following is Grayson County Scanner run by a guy named Roy. He has another page called Tornado Termites as a storm spotter.

Well, dear ‘ol Roy revealed his true colors today when he showed up on the scene of a roll-over accident in Denison, Tx where minor children were trapped in a vehicle. He was asked to stop filming and to step back off of the edge of the roadway…he had parked illegally on the grass along the roadway and was standing illegally in the roadway.

The officer was polite and low key, simply asked Roy to stop filming due to under age children being trapped in the vehicle. Now, any parent seeing that video, and there were hundreds by the way to judge by the negative comments, would have been incensed at Roy’s behavior. First of all, who wants to learn on social media that their child is in danger or possibly dead? Seriously! Secondly, Roy tried to make it all about him being denied his constitutional rights! At one point he actually said to the officer who was concerned for the children, “I don’t care about the kids!”

This is the link to the Facebook page: Grayson County Scanner and you can scroll down to find the video of the accident at Austin Avenue and Coffin St in Denison. At last glance there were over 800 responses and very few of them were positive.

I reported his video, Facebook is reviewing it, not that I expect anything to be done about it since they hate cops anyway, but it looked really bad when Roy said what he did about not caring about the kids. I un-followed both of his pages and I’m calling the Denison Police Dept in the morning to support the officer who was treated so badly and disrespected when he was doing an admirable job and putting the needs of the victims first. Roy also went off on our local news agency, KXII, so I emailed them with a head’s up about the video that was posted on Facebook and that he had verbally attacked them as well.

Nothing would make me happier than to see this incident hit the local news and see this idiot’s pages on Facebook shut down for good. He has a website and on the ‘About Us’ page he states how much their Christian beliefs mean to them. Right.

When he starts yelling at the officer he almost referred to himself as a journalist, but managed to dial that back just in time. Numerous people responded to the post with comments that he seemed like a disgruntled would-be cop who’d had some bad experiences with local law enforcement. Apparently he caused a scene at his wife’s former place of employment after she was let go and the cops were called. He’s just an all around charming character! He’s been getting away with this sort of thing for much too long and I am going to do my best to see he is held accountable for it.

I commented on both of his pages and emailed him at his website. I intend to make it clear to the PD tomorrow that the officer went above and beyond and probably just didn’t have the time to arrest him at the moment, being concerned with traffic and the ongoing rescue of the children.

If you are on Facebook, check out the video. The longer you watch, the angrier you’ll become. It’s time to do something about this guy. He’s gone too far. I hope someone sues him purple.

Published by thenerdyyarnlady

I am a Native Texan, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Catholic Convert residing in rural North East Texas since 1975 when I married my husband and this small town girl became a country girl. I was taught to knit at the age of ten and discovered the writings of Elizabeth Zimmerman shortly after I married. I learned to ‘unvent’ things as I went along, to create my own patterns and generally have a blast with yarn and needles. In the mid 1980’s I explored the idea of spinning my own yarn and eventually got interested in weaving on a floor loom. I have three spinning wheels and a 24″ four-shaft Herald floor loom that I purchased from a friend in the 1990’s. I also enjoy sewing, tatting and making rosaries. I have a work room that contains my fiber, yarn, floor loom, sewing machines, serger and rosary making supplies. I have a spinning corner in a bedroom next to my work room, both with north windows looking toward the creek.

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