Content warning: this post contains a video some may find disturbing.
A mother of a teenager who broke both of her feet after jumping off a roof and landing on concrete instead of the intended pool is trying to raise funds on the Internet to cover her daughter's expenses. But the Web, in general, is showing it has little sympathy for this fundraising effort.
Wheelchair-bound for at least the next six months and therefore unable to work, the mother of 19-year-old Nicole Easton started a GoFundMe page seeking to raise $4,200 to cover her daughter's rent, food, toiletries, phone, etc.
Here's what mother Carrie Yunker wrote:
My daughter Nicole Just graduated from high school. She had a good job, and had just moved into her very first house as an adult on her own. I'm so proud of her.
Unfortunately Nicole with her roommates, and a girlfriend were being crazy young adults one afternoon. Jumping from the roof of their house into the pool. I'm surprised that Nicole would even try something like that. She's not the very daring type. She hesitated at the last moment. She missed the pool.
Nicole is expected to be disabled for at least 6 months to a year. She's in a wheel chair. Not taking it very well I might add. The issue is that Nicole had just moved into her first house with the best roommates. Nicole not being able to work can't pay her share of the bills. This threatens not only her losing her place to live, but her roommate's as well. Their credit too. They have signed a years lease.
I paid her share this month, but We need help while Nicole is in recovery. Living expenses. I've broken it down for you.
Expected time down is 6 months.
Nicole's share of the rent is $300 x 6 = $1800
Add up to $400 a month x 6 = $2400
Yunker also posted a graphic video of the accident as it happened, but it has since been removed from the site and YouTube.
Easton getting ready to jump off the roof. (Image: YouTube screenshot)
The footage, which is painful even just to watch, remains on LiveLeak though (Warning: while the video does not show anything overtly graphic, it is still painful to watch):
Instead of an outpouring of support, as many of these crowd-funding sites are able to turn over for some causes, Yunker has seen criticism instead. So much so, that the comments section on the GoFundMe site has been disabled, but some of those against Yunker's plea for her daughter were reported by others.
"So we're supposed to feel sorry for your daughter doing something stupid?" Cory Noll wrote on the site, according to Parentdish, before comments were disabled. "I'm only 27 and when I was young and did something stupid on my own, I had to pay for the consequences, not anyone else.
"If anything, no one should donate and this will serve as a lesson for your daughter. She's supposedly an adult now and she'll have to pay the consequences for her stupidity," Noll continued.
Yunker of Show Low, Arizona, clarified to AZ Family that the funding page was geared more toward family and not the public at large.
"It was our friends and family trying to pull together to help Nicole out," Yunker said, noting she has been accused of being "beggar, bad parenting, horrible things" since the story went viral.
Easton said she knew her mom's intentions were in the right place and that she herself recognizes jumping off the roof was a bad decision.
"You're right. And I'm paying for my choices," Easton, who is scheduled to have surgery on her feet soon, told AZ Family.
So far, the GoFundMe site has raised $230 of its $4,200 goal.