Michelle Carter, seventeen years old, was the girlfriend of Conrad Roy III, who was eighteen. She took social media to a new level that resulting in a devastating ending. By using text messages she encouraged Roy to end his life. Roy was already troubled was in the act of committing suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning. According to a Fox News report on March 1, the teenager was egged on by his girlfriend to not back out of his plans. She now faces charges of involuntary manslaughter, which is punishable by law to up to twenty years in prison.
Teenage girlfriend tells boyfriend to go for it – suicide!
Roy was sitting in his truck that was already filling up with carbon monoxide when he quickly jumped out of the truck with second thoughts. He was parked at a K-Mart in Fairhaven and took along a gas generator so he could take his own life. Since his mind was unsure of whether to continue with the deed or not he reached out to his girlfriend, Michelle Carter with a text telling her he wasn’t sure if he could go through with it or not. She responded in another text to just get back in. He did just that, ending his young life after receiving the response back from his girlfriend.
How can someone who calls themselves “girlfriend”, respond back in such a way to one she was supposed to be in love with. Michelle, it seems has encouraged him to commit suicide multiple times and this time he gave in to her wishes. It is awful to think that she didn’t do what love sick teenagers would do and reach out for help for her boyfriend. She never called the authorities, or asked for medical assistance to help prevent this terrible tragedy from happening. Michelle didn’t bother to call her parents, Conrad’s parents or anyone from school to help him and help prevent his death. She did text additional messages after his death, stating that she missed him and organized a fundraiser called “Homers for Conrad” to help raise awareness about suicide. This was a little too late and more than likely an afterthought, never thinking she would be charged with his death since he actually took his own life.
Nevertheless, Michelle was charged, released on a $2,500 bond and was ordered by the court to staff off of social media sites until after her court appearance which will be held on April 17. She, her lawyer and family seems surprised that Michelle is being charged with this crime, thinking it is outrageous and wrong since Conrad did the deed himself without her being present. Authorities and Conrad’s family beg to differ with their thinking.
Michelle’s family released the following statement to The Boston Herald stating that; “Our hearts have and remain broken for the Roy family. For everyone that does not know our daughter, she is not the villain the media is portraying her to be. She is a quiet, kind, and sympathetic young girl. She tried immensely to help Mr. Roy in his battle with depression. We know that once all of the facts are released, our daughter will be found innocent.”
The April 17 court date is set and isn’t far away. We’ll all know how the judge and jury find Michelle Carter on the charges that she is accused of presently. Whether she’ll be sentenced or not is still yet to be determined. It is a terrible tragedy that a young man took his own life and an even bigger tragedy that the one that was in love with him sat back and didn’t do anything to discourage him from following through with his wishes, didn’t seek help and in fact, actually encouraged him to go through with the suicide.
Deepest sympathies are extended to the family of Conrad Roy.