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Mom Heather Wyatt faces lawsuit from teens’ parents after claims 4 girls ‘bullied daughter Aubreigh, 13, into suicide’

THE mother of a teen who died by suicide has been sued by the parents of four girls who claim she wrongly blamed them for her daughter’s death.

Mom Heather Wyatt began posting on social media about her daughter, Aubreigh, shortly after the teen was found dead in her room over Labor Day weekend last year.

Thirteen-year-old Aubreigh Wyatt died by suicide in September 2023, and now her mother faces a lawsuit for allegedly blaming four teens for her death
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Heather Wyatt shared posts on social media about Aubreigh’s struggle with cyberbullying after she died[/caption]

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Although the mom did not name who allegedly bullied her daughter, other online users soon identified four teen girls and shared their information widely[/caption]

Heather claimed Aubreigh faced extreme bullying online, particularly from peers in Ocean Springs, Mississippi — about 60 miles west of Mobile, Alabama.

According to local reporters at The Sun Herald, her posts were viewed millions of times on Facebook and TikTok, and calls for “justice” for Aubreigh were reposted by dozens of other accounts.

Although Heather did not name the four teens or threaten them herself, other online users soon did.

The four minors’ names, photos, and private information were shared and reposted several times, with at least one girl having her home address shared publically.

Heather was served a legal notice by an Ocean Springs judge on Monday demanding she cease and desist from further posts that could endanger the four girls.

The emergency order said that Heather must temporarily take down all her social media accounts “to protect the minor children involved in this case, as reported by The Sun Herald.

LIVING IN ‘DAILY FEAR’

The lawsuit against the grieving mother, filed by the parents of the four teens, accuses her of acting with malice to commit slander, defamation, and negligence against the girls.

The parents claimed that Aubreigh died from other causes and “had previously attempted suicide and did not receive the proper medical attention,” according to the complaint, filed by attorneys Patrick Guild and Tim Holleman of Boyce Holleman & Associates in Gulfport.

“As a direct and proximate cause of the false, defamatory and slanderous social media posts of the defendant, Heather Wyatt, the plaintiffs’ minor children have been receiving insulting and revolting messages from around the world attacking them, calling them vulgar names, sexualizing them, etc.” the claim states.

“These young ladies WERE IN THE 8TH GRADE!!”


Comments they received ranged from offensive to terrifying.

“We will turn your world upside down, burn it down and make your life a living hell,” one commenter wrote.

“The plaintiff minor children have had to live in daily fear that something may happen to any of them, their family, or their friends,” attorneys stated.

An investigation into Aubreigh’s death by local authorities found the allegations of cyberbullying were “unsubstantiated,” according to the complaint.

The parents are seeking unspecified compensation for therapy and medical bills caused by the emotional distress from the situation, along with punitive damages and attorneys’ fees.

THE DANGERS OF CYBERBULLYING

Heather has largely focused her latest posts on mental health awareness.

“I think it (bullying) is a subject that needs to be addressed, but I don’t want to create hate for anyone, so I chose to only focus on the mental health aspect of it,” Heather told The Sun Herald.

We will turn your world upside down, burn it down and make your life a living hell.


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“I felt like that would be helpful and it would also not cause any animosity or any conflict to any other individuals,” said the former elementary school teacher.

Previously, she had made more bold statements about the culprits behind her daughter’s death.

At one point, Heather said she had become frustrated after talking to authorities in February.

She wrote that she could provide evidence supporting her allegations, with the names of the girls involved crossed out.

“The whole city knows who these kids are,” she added.

She alleged that one of the teens slapped Aubreigh, a claim the police said was “patently false,” and that the girls mocked Aubreigh online following her death.

MORE DETAILS TO COME

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Now the parents of the teen girls are suing Heather for defamation and slander after their daughters were allegedly attacked due to the mom’s posts[/caption]

Heather has filed her own lawsuit against various social media companies for their role in the cyberbullying of her daughter.

Although the initial investigation into Aubreigh’s death determined Heather’s claims were unfounded, the case will be heard in front of a county grand jury as is customary in the unnatural death of a young person.

Heather set up a GoFundMe page to help her family pay for the legal costs associated with her campaign for justice last month.

“As we strive for justice and accountability, we have encountered a significant financial obstacle,” she wrote.

“Despite our best efforts, we have reached a financial impasse. Therefore, with a humble heart, I am reaching out to each and every one of you for help during this trying time.”

She posted an update on July 8 thanking those who donated and sharing that the family had increased the goal of the fundraiser to accommodate the outpouring of requests to help.

At the time of writing, $88,840 had been donated of a $100,000 goal.

Attorneys for Heather and the four teens did not immediately respond to a request for comment by The U.S. Sun.

If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call or text the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988, chat on 988lifeline.org, or text Crisis Text Line at 741741.

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