How Can Anyone Be So Cruel?

By Clarissa, age 21, Texas

My older brother - the only person in this world I can truly say I love unconditionally and has never hurt me - is in some serious trouble. He could possibly go to jail for a VERY long time for something he didn't do. I know he didn't do it. I'm not deluding myself just because I'm his sister. I KNOW he is telling the truth.

This girl that I used to be absolute best friends with has been causing problems lately. We used to date on and off. It wasn't a good relationship - in fact, it was abusive. So I got out of it. But now she is treating me horribly. And after I told her that I was done with her crap - I really told her off - she did the most horrid thing I couldn't ever imagine.

She posted the news article of my brother (it was complete lies and crucified him). She posted it on Tumblr and Facebook, so everyone who hadn't heard the news already heard it now. She even made a "like" page group for it on Facebook, and got all of her friends to like it.

I just didn't know how anybody could be so cruel. My family is losing everything and she is just pouring salt into our wounds. I can't handle any of this anymore. How should I deal with her? And with the other people? Even when I try to ignore them they keep coming at me. I can't stand hearing people say those things about my brother. He is a good kid. He doesn't deserve this. What should I do?

Annika Lee, 16

Hello Annika Lee,

I would like to start off by first saying that I am sorry for what is going on with you and your family. I am sure this is a difficult time for everyone who is involved. I will keep you in my thoughts and in my prayers. Right now, even though I'm sure it can't be easy, you have to find strength and hold your head up. Your brother needs somebody to lean on now, so try to be strong.

Unfortunately, friends, associates, and people in general can be cruel. I wish I had a solution that would just make it all go away but I don't. No matter what you do or don't do someone will always have something to say. Right now your brother is the topic of conversation because he is what's "hot" right now. People like business, but trust me, something else will happen and it will become old news in the back of their minds. Until then, all you can do is stay strong in your convictions. Sticks and stones do hurt no matter how much our mothers and fathers told us they wouldn't. It's ok to go home and cry, but don't let them see you falling. In your heart, if you know what the truth is, don't let anyone take that away from you. You and your family have my best wishes.


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March 15, 2012

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