Progress on the Richardson crash shrine.

johnboy 1 June 2009 114

Following on from the weekend’s big story on the Clift Crescent shrine in Richardson there’s been some movement on the subject of the Facebook group where regrettable things were said.

The group has now been made private and I’m told it’s been locked with the comments removed.

The two most outspoken commenters on that group have also made what I consider to be heartfelt apologies for their rash speaking.

Crystal Wheeler had this to say:

    Crystal Wheeler wrote
    at 8:27pm
    If people would read the comments being left at the following website http://the-riotact.com/?p=12271#comment-209136

    I agree with Brendan, we have all shown such an ugly side to ourselves, including myself. And this group is picking up attention for all the wrong reasons. We all say crude things when we are upset or angry but sometimes its those horrible words that stand out from all the good things.

    It is my understanding that the home owners are coming to agreements with the families. Sam and Karla if you could shed some light on that, it would be appreciated.

    As someone whos name has now been tainted along with many others including Brendan and Cory, I’m ashamed.
    I never joined this group to be looked down upon. And I feel terrible that I’ve lowered myself to that degree.
    Maybe if we all took a step back we’d remember what we’re here for, which is not slander and threats.

Cory Mckinnon went as far as to log on here to say this:

    #179 posted by cm
    (Newbie)
    16:23, 31 May 2009 edit
    Quote

    I refer to my early comment in which i stated that we should continue to put the memorial up and that someone should burn the home owners house down. A comment that was never intended as a threat nor an idea to be acted on, it has not been an easy time for any of us, nor the homeowner who we know assisted when the accident happened. I wrote the comment through severe frustration, only just hearing what had happened with the site. I now know the full story of what has happened and i applogise for such a stupid comment.

    We know now what the home owner has suggested for the site and i am sorry for commenting before i knew the full story .It is now clear that the story has turned into he said she said and become twisted along the way because nobody knew the truth.

    Can i just say that this has been blown out of preportion and taken way to far then it ever should have gone. People are still trying to wrap their heads around the fact that they have lost two close friends at the same time, little own its only been two months and the memorial of those two lives lost is already gone.For most if not all of Steve and Megans friends the crash site is part of our greiving process, some people need to remember that and think also how they would feel if roles were reversed.

    Cory

Brendan Bassett and Samantha Minney have also expressed sincere regret for the way things took off.

So I think it’s best if we all take a deep breathe, have a group hug, and move on.

And please stop sending angry emails to Samantha who, we should remember, has lost her sister.


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CrystalWheeler CrystalWheeler 6:19 pm 07 Jun 09

The facebook group I was associated with has been shut down, but before it was shut down, I left left the group, Cory and I have apologised, to the wrong people? Yes. What makes it right for you to threaten us, saying that you will name and shame us.. Cory and I didnt get a chance to apologise before we were named and shamed.. and the stupid thing is we felt we should apologise to this group. Obviously in this situation, two wrongs do make a right.
I said terrible things about someone I had never met on a public website without knowing the full story.. But atleast I know what I did wrong.
However, this group, who had NO association to the matter discussed on the facebook group has belittled me, used my full name and named my workplace. Yes I know that information is on facebook, but that is because I choose to put it there. It should be my right to where my infomation is disclosed.
I was confused, frustrated and completely gobsmacked when I heard about the petition. Purhaps if I had let it sit for a while without my imput I wouldnt be in this situation.
We all do stupid things, but they are just a part of learning.

I feel terrible for acting out of anger and saying the disgusting things i said.
It makes me wonder though, we’ve all apologised and the slander and threats have been removed. Are you any better than us, you are slandering our names, threatening to post a list of names of the people that joined the group, and now because of this site, hatemail is being sent to family members of the ones who have passed away.

I just want to mourn my friend, and I’m comfortable doing that from the privacy of my four walls. However, it is nice to be able to have somewhere to go that makes ME feel that little bit closer to Steven.

May I remind eveyone this matter has been resolved with the homeowner, now you are only argueing for your own entertainment. If you feel you the need to continue this discussion, I would appreciate my name not being furthered mentioned.

Crystal Wheeler

BerraBoy68 BerraBoy68 11:45 am 02 Jun 09

Frog.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy 9:51 am 02 Jun 09

Ha!

peterh peterh 9:34 am 02 Jun 09

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

If I CaCh eNy tEeN WaNkaZ BeIn diSreSpecFooL t00 thA bIg p00ssy thAIr’ll bEE heLL t00 PaI!

kind of like, if you build it, VY will come?

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy 9:04 am 02 Jun 09

If I CaCh eNy tEeN WaNkaZ BeIn diSreSpecFooL t00 thA bIg p00ssy thAIr’ll bEE heLL t00 PaI!

ahappychappy ahappychappy 8:30 am 02 Jun 09

MWF said :

ahappychappy said :

Sorry – Wrote that when in a rush on the way out of work.
What I meant was:

Damn, whatever you meant you spent a lot of time on this forum when you were meant to be working! I’m counting at least 14 long winded posts. Let’s hope you work for yourself and aren’t a pube. Although, all signs to point NOT to that. And if you work for a private company they would be even crosser with you for wasting so much work time posting here when you should be working. Fingers crossed that your workplace isn’t logging all internet activity at the moment, you’ll be well and truly…..Oh, I know your next post, you own your own business, yeah right.That’s why you rushed out of work when the bell rang.

You seem to assume there are only three jobs which would warrant a constant internet connection. Maybe I’m a paper pusher with no papers to push? Maybe my retail job has an internet connection? Or maybe I just type rather fluently and quickly.

Anyway – Let’s all hug beside this large pussy.

MWF MWF 11:26 pm 01 Jun 09

ahappychappy said :

Sorry – Wrote that when in a rush on the way out of work.
What I meant was:

Damn, whatever you meant you spent a lot of time on this forum when you were meant to be working! I’m counting at least 14 long winded posts. Let’s hope you work for yourself and aren’t a pube. Although, all signs to point NOT to that. And if you work for a private company they would be even crosser with you for wasting so much work time posting here when you should be working. Fingers crossed that your workplace isn’t logging all internet activity at the moment, you’ll be well and truly…..Oh, I know your next post, you own your own business, yeah right.That’s why you rushed out of work when the bell rang.

bd84 bd84 10:58 pm 01 Jun 09

It’s good to know the “report” button on facebook works 😉

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy 10:43 pm 01 Jun 09

Yes, a large and hairy cat that purrs when I stroke it…

Thumper Thumper 10:28 pm 01 Jun 09

A large cat?

Spideydog Spideydog 10:18 pm 01 Jun 09

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

A giant pussy statue memorial to commonsense. Brilliant idea.
And where will this giant statue of a pussy be erected? I must come, pay my respects…

ROFLMAO, Sounds like a plan

Spideydog Spideydog 10:16 pm 01 Jun 09

Deadmandrinking said :

Clown Killer said :

I’m still not impressed by the Riot-Act’s conduct in this manner

I know this is an oldie but a goodie – but you don’t like it here can leave anytime DMD.

Personally, I applaud JBs actions over the weekend and see the progress so far as one of the positives of the on-line media.

ClownKiller, JB was threatening to do something that did concern a community wider that the Riot-Act. As a member of society, I have a right to criticize that.

It would be hypocritical of the Riot-ACT to dish out criticism with such vigilance and not accept it in return. Hopefully, this will pass and the Riot-Act will regain it’s better moral standing.

Here, I return the favour DMD. I agree.

Now let us bury the hatchet and move on. Megan Minney and Steven Rial need to rest in peace, the home owners need to live in peace. All have suffered enough.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy 10:12 pm 01 Jun 09

A giant pussy statue memorial to commonsense. Brilliant idea.
And where will this giant statue of a pussy be erected? I must come, pay my respects…

el el 8:51 pm 01 Jun 09

If you had read the posts instead of just making an opinion off others opinions and just jumping on the bandwagon, you would see that everyone in the original thread was whinging and calling for an apology to the homeowners. When I have said, how about an apology for pulicly outing people in the same way and fashion, I was told to get over it and not everyone gets what they ask for.

BIG difference.

The homeowners weren’t threatening violence and abusing people when driving past their homes at all hours of the morning. The only people ‘publicly outed’ (when they were already members of a PUBLIC group on Facebook with their comments in plain view) were those that made absolutely despicable comments.

TAD TAD 8:39 pm 01 Jun 09

JB

I think it’s time for another riot-act get together.

Some things are best resolved in person over a drink. (my reasons for passionately siding with the homeowners on this forum include that I was present at the crash (professionally).

ahappychappy ahappychappy 8:10 pm 01 Jun 09

Jim Jones said :

ahappychappy said :

Jim – If you have read any of the posts instead of just jumping on the bandwagon, and then throwing your two cents in you would probably have seen everyone whinging and bitching for an apology yet when someone else does it that is the response.

What in all hell does that mean? And how is it an example of hypocrisy?

Answers in 500 words or less. Bonus points for intelligible grammar.

Sorry – Wrote that when in a rush on the way out of work.
What I meant was:

If you had read the posts instead of just making an opinion off others opinions and just jumping on the bandwagon, you would see that everyone in the original thread was whinging and calling for an apology to the homeowners. When I have said, how about an apology for pulicly outing people in the same way and fashion, I was told to get over it and not everyone gets what they ask for.

As for “digging myself into a hole” I personally don’t see where this has happened. I’ve not been proved to have contradicted myself, and my points have been valid. Unfortunately it is easy to gang up on the one who stands up and says something.

jessieduck jessieduck 7:46 pm 01 Jun 09

Just so there is no question mark over my head I did not email Samantha. I would never go to that extent.

Ari Ari 7:39 pm 01 Jun 09

Frog.

But I said it.

BerraBoy68 BerraBoy68 7:28 pm 01 Jun 09

OK as long as I get the last word.

Frog.

rottweiler rottweiler 6:54 pm 01 Jun 09

Hank said :

I think its time to move on from this discussion, enough people have been dragged in.

My thoughts are with all peoples affected by this tragedy.

peterh said :

how about we go and talk about fireworks, babars bathrooms, really slow drivers and let this thread end?

plus 100 live and let die

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