Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling didn’t just lash out at Twitter trolls who responded offensively to his congratulatory note to his daughter, he shined a spotlight on the growing problem of cyberbullying and even identified some of the individuals who attacked his daughter on social media.
This all started with this tweet from a proud father Sunday:
Congrats to Gabby Schilling who will pitch for the Salve Regina Seahawks next year!!— Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) February 25, 2015
Schilling said he expected some inappropriate responses, but nothing like the some of the vulgar tweets he received directed as his daughter.
“I expected the trolls,” he told Boston sports radio station WEEI on Tuesday morning. “The one kid kind of came at me and said, ‘I can’t wait to take your daughter out.’ Kind of borderline stuff, which again, I expected. I’ve been on the Internet since, I started playing on computers in 1980, so I understand how it works and I knew there would be stuff. The stuff that they did, that is not bad or vile, it’s illegal. It’s against the law.
“When that started -- again, I thought it might be a one-off, but then it started to steamroll. And then [my daughter] started to get private correspondence and then I said 'OK, this needs to get fixed.’ This generation of kids doesn’t understand, and adults too, doesn’t understand that the Internet is not even remotely anonymous.”
Any angry Schilling took to his blog to call out the behavior and even identified a couple of the offenders by name.
One of the offenders outed by Schilling was a part-time ticket-seller for the Yankees and has since been fired, the team’s director of communications confirmed to NJ.com.
Another, a student at a community college in New Jersey, was reportedly suspended from school.