About ten days ago a news story broke about neighbors so heinous they engaged in taunting a dying 7-year old child to retaliate for what allegedly began as a perceived etiquette slight.
Published : Thursday, 07 Oct 2010, 11:56 PM EDT
myFOXDetroit.com Staff – Her family says 7-year-old Kathleen Edward is in the final stages of a degenerative brain disorder diagnosed as Huntington’s Disease – the same disease which killed her mother, Laura Edward, when she was only 24.
Neighbors Jennifer and Scott Petkov, who have been feuding with the family, admitted to posting grim depictions of Laura and Kathleen on Facebook. One photo depicts Laura in the arms of the grim reaper, while the other features Kathleen’s face as part of a “skull and crossbone.”
The couple hitched a coffin to a pick-up truck in front of the house, which they say is nothing more than a halloween decoration.
What compels supposedly mature adults to taunt a dying child? On the news video, which readers should watch, Jennifer Petkov rages, ” Because it burns Rebecca Rose’s ass raw for me to make fun of her dead daughter on that page.” And why exactly is it imperative for Jennifer Petkov to make sure the grandmother of the dying 7-year old Kathleen Edward gets her backside suitably chafed? Police told the news reporter that they have been called to this street before, dealing with long-standing “family-feud” issues:
A member of Kathleen’s family says the bad blood started about two-years ago after the two families had a falling out over a birthday party at the Rose house. At the party, kids were using a “bounce-house” and playing games in the front yard. The source says that Jennifer Petkov texted someone in the Rose family, asking if her kids could come to the event. A response to the text did not come quickly enough and it angered Jennifer. According to the Rose family, she’s been harassing them ever since.
Awww, how awful! Jennifer Petkov’s kids were not invited to a party and lest they endure the tragedy of this deprivation, Jennifer tries to get them invited anyway and when her entitlement expectations were not met, she begins a campaign of harassment to punish her neighbors using a deceased mother and dying 7 year old as her weapons in her warfare. Anyone who has known me or read my writings over the years knows how profoundly deep my disdain is for adults who use children as props in their little battles and machinations. I can’t control the sneer of disgust that is on my face as I type this and my mental daydreams of horsewhipping Jennifer Petkov are hard to suppress.
Once the story made the news, the public reaction was swift and hard against the Petkovs. Faced with a world solidly against them, as well as unfortunate death threats against them, the Petkovs issue an apology:
“And to that little girl, I apologize if you’ve been hurt. There’s not much more I can say. And hopefully we can live our lives peacefully from now on.”
Scott Petkov also said he was sorry earlier Friday. “We apologize for our actions and stupidity. It was an ignorant thing that we did and it was basically in retaliation about things that were said about my house and my wife.”
Oh, Jennifer. You should have been reading Ehell for the past few years. You would have found out that apologies with the word “IF” in them are not valid apologies at all. Especially the kind that end with “if so-and-so was hurt/offended”. There is no ownership of the wrongness of the deed and therefore no real regret expressed. Scott Petkov at least does take ownership of his actions but then somewhat negates it as being justified in defense of his house and his wife.
One lesson readers could take away from this story is that there is no such thing any more as a “little neighborly feud” in this age of cell phone cameras and rapid information dissemination. Really botch it up and the entire world can know the depth of your idiocy within minutes. And it will live on FOREVER in news archives online.