‘Speak the truth’ posters upset Rehtaeh Parsons’ family

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Signs were up in Halifax that supported the boys in the Rehtaeh Parsons case.

HALIFAX – The RCMP say they’re concerned posters that have appeared on Halifax streets in support of four boys accused of sexually assaulting Rehtaeh Parsons could incite vigilante behaviour against the teens.

The brightly coloured posters bear the words, “Speak the Truth” in large, bold print and urge people to support the boys, though it does not identify them.

RCMP Sgt. Scott MacRae say the posters don’t break any laws, but police have received a number of complaints from residents about the flyers.

In a recent post on Facebook, Rehtaeh’s family say the posters are “disrespectful” and are an attempt to paint the 17-year-old girl in a negative light after her death.

The family alleges Rehtaeh was sexually assaulted by four boys at a home in November 2011 and bullied for months before she hanged herself on April 4.

She was taken off life-support a few days later.

MacRae says a Facebook page created in support of the four boys was recently taken down by its administrator after the Mounties raised concerns that the identities of the boys could be made public and interfere with an ongoing police investigation into the matter.


Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: HALIFAX

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  • Prairie Pagan
    April 19, 2013 - 09:24

    Vigilantes! People telling me I'm not a true Canadian? Comparing these boys to Paul Bernardo or Karla Homolka?? Yes, of course I am so off center, so disgusting, so deceived, so monstrous in my opinion just becasue I refuse to judge and convict based upon media exposure. You people can just paint the picture you need, just like a true lynch mob in order to satisfy your emotion. You have it all figured out.....you good citizens, and of course the people who care for these boys and stand by these boys, and the police, and the prosecutors, and the authorities are just so wrong.........all because poor Rehtaeh chose to end her life, and her grieving mother has her 15 minutes in the media light for vengence without debate. If she did that......of course she was raped and we need to round up all connected and burn them alive in the public square. We don't need a trial, or opposing opinion, or police, or fair, or right or wrong......we just need the media, and one side of the story to incite the masses Good luck with that.

  • noodle
    April 18, 2013 - 20:36

    To David: Oh yes those boys are so monsters! Carla Homolka's parents felt for her too but it didn't make the two 15-year-old girls she helped rape and murder any less dead. I don't give a rat's @ss how any of those boys' parents feel. If they'd have done a better job parenting their sons, Rehtaeh Parsons might not have ended up dead.

    • Tom K
      April 19, 2013 - 10:19


  • noodle
    April 18, 2013 - 20:28

    To Prairie Pagan: How dare you try to justify what happened to that poor girl by implying that she was somehow to blame for being raped or that those who did it were innocent children who didn't know full well what they were doing!! I don't care how drunk she got - the girl was passed out and vomiting and those evil little b@st@rds raped her without any second thought or remorse whatsoever. Not only did they take a photo of the rape but they also repeatedly bragged about it.

  • Prairie Pagan
    April 18, 2013 - 14:02

    The only restraint I need to incorporate is the lesson that is learned from this tragedy.

  • Ridiculous
    April 18, 2013 - 11:56

    Supporting the boys - are you kidding me?! She was 15 years old and they took photos which they distributed. All 3 of these things are illegal. I don't understand the issue with the cops - he said she said - are you kidding me. She was underage. End of story.

    • Prairie Pagan
      April 18, 2013 - 13:12

      Illegal?? These boys were younger than she was. Nothing illegal there. Wrong...Yes!! Illegal no. They were all underage, so, no....not end of story. Again, what we are hearing is information passed on to a mother who is now grieving. If an assualt had taken place, why did she not seek out the authorities or tell her mother sooner when something could have been done? Now, after her death, and over a year, you've got a mother using heresay to condemn minors. Always two sides and all we're heard are allegations of a grieving mother searching for vengence for a lost child. What 15 year old girl goes drinking alone in a strange house with 4 boys? Poor judgement then regret, or rape?

  • Prairie Pagan
    April 18, 2013 - 10:42

    I do not fault the authorities. There is a reason that charges were not laid. It is a tragedy that this young girl felt she must end her life, there is always two sides to a story. If Reheah's mother wants to make accusations with information that she has received from her daughter, then she has no one to be upset with when others defend themselves. Again, it is a true tragedy, but my daughter as a young teen, will not have tattoos, tongue piercings and will not be consuming alcohol in a strange home alone with teenage boys.

    • James Bailie
      April 18, 2013 - 11:49

      Just wondering what method of restraint will you be using? Careful now some of them are illegal.

    • Halina
      April 18, 2013 - 13:53

      I am so sorry for Reheah and her family. My heart goes out to them. I hope they know that Prairie Pagan does not represent true Canadians and that their comments are shocking, disgusting and sickening to Canadians.

  • Johnny smoke
    April 18, 2013 - 08:34

    Here we go again the RCMP showing the province and the world in general what a wanting group of incompetents they really are. They rush out to shut down a face book page because as they say the names of the accused may be divulged however the let the accused supporters distribute posters around HRM without any interference. All this when a board of inquiry is being assembled at the orders of the premier. Call about key stone cops, this whole force needs to be overhauled if not out right disbanded. They remind me of the paratroop regiment that went beyond their mandate in Somilia, complete and utter disarray. Sadly no one to reign them in, a small force of armed members who think that they are a law unto themselves. And to think that the minister of justice the top cop in Nova Scotia is a former RCMP member, it just gets better and better? No it just gets worse, and this is only the beginning.

    • Big Red
      April 18, 2013 - 12:02

      Hit the nail on the head Johnnie, when law enforcers become become too easily swayed by crown prosecutors whose whole career is based on how many convitionsm they can rack up it is a sad day for justice in this province.The appointment of an ex mountie to the position of chief law enforcer is in effact a conflict of interest in itself. I doubt that many ex cops would be appointed to the bench, even if they had the credentials.It would be the blatant removal of impartiality . Why then was it considered to be prudent to appoint Mr Landry as the justice minister who oversees the police? Just one more item to blow up given the proper circumstances.

  • noodle
    April 18, 2013 - 07:47

    Clearly they know how to play the system by attempting to create reasonable doubt. We as a society can't bring Rehtaeh back but we can try to prevent it from happening again by making an example out of those who hurt her.

    • David
      April 18, 2013 - 11:58

      I agree. Justtice needs to be served if Rehteah was wronged. These boys are not alien monsters, or constructs of inanimate material, they are also the children of others, and their parents feel for them as Ms. Parsons feels for Rehteah. We cannot bring her back, but we serve no higher order by lynching boys on the say so of a grieving mother using information her daughter divulged to her for purposes unknown. There is a reason the police did not lay charges.