If the title of this blog entry and the image with it doesn’t make your blood boil, then it’s probably because you don’t recognize the name Obdulia Sanchez. Let me give you a sickening refresher course on who she is.
Obdulia Sanchez is the 18-year-old woman who decided to get behind the wheel of a car while intoxicated. Her 14-year-old sister and her sister’s friend were in the backseat of the car. Neither of those girls were wearing a seatbelt. Oh, and Obdulia also decided it would be a good idea to live stream her drunk driving to Instagram.
Needless to say, the drive ended in disaster when Obdulia crashed the car. Her sister was ejected from the car and died. The sister’s friend was also thrown from the car but survived. All of which was broadcast live on Instagram.
In her infinite wisdom, Obdulia then decided to CONTINUE broadcasting live while showing her sister dying. She alternates between saying she knows she is going to jail for life for killing her sister and telling her sister she loves her and is sorry for killing her.
NOTE: I have decided not to post the video here. There are many places where you can watch it if you really want to. I’ve seen it, and I don’t recommend watching it. Especially the part after the crash.
What Obdulia Sanchez did is not why I am writing this blog entry. As bad as Obdulia’s decisions, and the car accident, were, the story gets oh-so-much worse.
You see, someone created a Facebook page with the name Free Obdulia Sanchez. The image at the top of this post is from that page. The title of this blog entry? That’s their basic message to the world. It appears the same people also run a Facebook group of the same name.
Below is an image of the Facebook page’s first post. If you want to see the post on Facebook directly, click here.
The stupid. It burns.
Obdulia Sanchez is 18-years-old and, as such, she is no longer considered to be “a child.” At the age of 18, a girl child becomes a woman. Yes, she is still a teenager, and will be until she turns 20, but “a child” she is not.
“An error in judgement?” Just one error in judgement???? That would be laughable if this wasn’t such a sad, preventable tragedy.
“A scapegoat.” That word does not mean what the poster thinks it means. I suggest that the owner of this Facebook page go back to elementary school for some more learning.
And here is the meat of their argument: “It is not Obdulia’s fault. She should not be held responsible for this terrible tragedy, which says more about our society and what is deemed acceptable. We need to look at society and see where we went wrong, and how we can prevent this from happening in the future, but there is NO REASON why Obdulia should bear the brunt of the consequences.”
This has got to be a joke! Ashton Kutcher is hiding just around the corner about to jump out and tell us we’ve all been punk’d! No one could possibly be THIS stupid and be able to function properly in the world!
You are darn right that society deems it acceptable to jail a person WHO DRIVES DRUNK AND KILLS SOMEONE WHILE DOING SO. Furthermore, society has made attempts to prevent drunk driving from happening by supporting groups like Mothers Against Drunk Drivers and by electing politicians who support drunk driving laws and their associated penalties.
As for bearing “the brunt of the consequences?” No matter what Obdulia’s final punishment ends up being, or how guilty she feels for killing her sister, she will have faced the least amount of consequences in this tragedy. Her sister DIED as a result of Obdulia’s actions. There is no greater “brunt of the consequences.”
It is a sad, sorry world we live in where people truly believe Obdulia is the victim in all this. To think that Obdulia is somehow facing a bigger “brunt of the consequences” of her actions than her dead sister is outrageous. To suggest that society is bad for seeking to hold Obdulia responsible for her actions is the height of stupidity.