Jessica Logan – Setting The Record Straight and Calling Out The Perpetrators Of This Tragedy
October 12, 2013
Sometimes, no matter how much research I do, I get it wrong. First, it is important that I apologize to Jessica Logan’s family and friends for reporting misinformation. For those of you who know me, you know that my intentions are NEVER to hurt anybody. My attempt is to honor those who have lost their lives to the bullies of this sometimes cruel world by telling their stories in a respectful, positive way.
Earlier this week I received an email from Cynthia Logan, Jessica Logan’s mother. She asked me to set the record straight about her daughter. In my original post I reported, as was widely reported by the media, that Jessica sexted a nude picture of herself to her boyfriend. While taking a nude picture of yourself on your cell phone is never a good idea, in and of itself, is not a crime. Jessica’s only mistake was making the bad decision to take the photo. What actually happened next was much more sinister than Jessica herself sending the photo to her boyfriend. Complete with a police incident report to back-up what really occurred, we learned that the photo, which Jessica never sent to anyone, including her boyfriend at the time, was stolen off of her cell phone by a couple of girls who got a hold of Jessica’s phone and sent the picture to everyone on Jessica’s contact list. Shortly after Jessica died, these girls admitted to Jessica’s best friend, Sami Bruce, what they had done. A core group of 4 girls and Jessica’s ex-boyfriend took it upon themselves to maliciously send the photo to four (4) school districts…and only God knows where it went from there. As you will see when you read Jessica Logan’s story, she lost her battle to these bullies on July 3, 2008. Jessica was an artist extraordinaire! She not only excelled in the art of drawing, but the art of writing as well. To see her story either click on the link on the left-hand side of this page, or Jessica’s picture above.
Sadly, 5-years later, the media continues to report that Jessica is to blame, even after the facts have been plainly presented for all to see. Sami wrote this understandably scathing piece asking the media to STOP reporting that this was Jessica’s fault. Here’s that statement:
Seriously? Get your facts right! I find this extremely offensive because Jessie was my dear friend. Journalists who continue to report that Jessie was the one who sent the photograph are WRONG. One of her “friends” was the one who STOLE the photo off of Jessie’s phone and sent it to whoever she thought would like to see it. She’s an evil, merciless being who looked at me dead in the eyes after we buried Jessie a week prior and smirked about how she was the one who sent the photo. As a journalist, we have to give details but THE RIGHT ONES. Every news station, newspaper, magazine and any other form of media has failed to state the truth about Jessie’s case. Where is your law and ethics? What happened to reporting the truth? Is it merely to raise your viewing rates because sexting was such a hot topic at that time? C’mon people. Where’s the dignity? For all of you reading this, know the truth and spread the word. Jessie was innocent and never demeaned herself like everyone is stating. This angers the Logan’s tremendously because we all know the truth but everyone fails to see it. I’m glad Cynthia Logan and her husband, Bert can now find peace because they are amazing people who deserve it and I love them with all my heart. As for Sycamore, you have a problem but fail to see it. Wake up!
My daughter’s only mistake was taking the photo. The rest was the fault of the abusive peers decimating the photo, and the school officials who were not charged in our lawsuit. It is a shame a school can get away with this crime. They had no regard for my teenager.
About Mr. Kevin
I was born and raised in suburban Philadelphia. I graduated from Millersville University of Pennsylvania in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. I am a writer, blogger and teen advocate. The books I have written include the award-winning TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL, A 9/11 SHORT STORY, OUR LITTLE SECRET, A SECRET CHILL, BANI’S DILEMMA, BANI FINDS HER SOMETHING and BANI – LIKE A PRAYER.
I have been accused of being an incurable romantic and very passionate. maybe that’s what makes me a good writer…or maybe not…that’s for you to decide. Living in New York City I love all that it has to offer, from theatre to movies, to museums to the thousands of great restaurants. What a better way to do all of that than with that special person…living, loving, laughing, talking, holding hands, enjoying each others company and sharing each others lives. I am a big Yankees fan. My interests also include traveling, cooking and shopping.
On June 20, 2008, life as I knew it changed forever. It's the day I married my best friend...the love of my life...WALTER INFANTE. With him there are no more voids in my life. I have found happiness beyond my wildest dreams...a happiness that I pray everyone can experience in their life times. Whoever said that turning 50 meant that you were on the down-sloop of your life was soooo wrong! I have never felt better or younger!
I told you I was an incurable romantic!
Way back in 1981 I graduated from one of the top linguistic schools in the country - Millersville University of Pennsylvania, located in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country. I woke up post mornings to the smell of cow manure emanating from the working farm across the street from my dorm, and the clip-clop of horse and buggies on their way to work or church, the primary mode of transportation for most Amish people in this part of rural Lancaster County. It was here where I became fluent in German, Russian, Polish and French. I didn't master Spanish until after I met Walter...go figure.
I have often been asked what the key is to being a good writer. There, of course, is no one answer to that question. For me there are a couple of things. First, you need to be motivated. You need to be fired-up and believe that you can do this. What many people don't realize is that writing, if you are doing it for a living, is work, and you must treat it as such. I believe that to be a good writer you must persevere and write every single day-including Saturday and Sunday-no matter how bad you might think the stuff you are writing is. I like to journal. I've been doing it since I was 13-years old. Back than I used it as therapy to recover from my sexually abusive life at the time. Back than I never thought that the stuff I wrote would ever see the light of day. The truth is I prayed that no one would ever read what I was writing. It was for my eyes only. But now, when I'm working on my books I often refer back to those journals for inspiration. It's amazing what little gems I unwittingly write down that at the time seemed like nothing, but end up becoming pivotal scenes in my stories.