Target: Latah County Sheriff Wayne Rausch
Goal: Fire sheriff’s deputy who posted sarcastic message about teenager’s warrant for arrest, leading to his suicide
Recently, a 19-year-old boy took his own life after an Idaho county sheriff’s office posted a mocking public message on Facebook about him. Andrew Cain did have a warrant out for his arrest, but this was made public knowledge in an extremely insensitive way. Faced with cyberbullying from citizens who saw the message and the sheriff’s office itself, Cain chose to commit suicide. Although the office has apologized to Cain’s family, the deputy who posted the original message has not faced any consequences for causing the death of a teenager.
Cain had three warrants out for his arrest, one of which was marijuana related. The Latah County sheriff’s office posted a photo of Cain on their Facebook page along with the comment, ‘We have decided that Andrew Cain is no longer the Wanted Person of the Week … he is the Wanted Person for the Month of June. Congratulations!’ Due to this message, Cain faced negative and abusive messages from many people who saw the Facebook post. The sheriff’s deputy who posted the original message also sent a private message to Cain saying, ‘If you turn yourself in, I’ll give you a copy of the wanted poster.’ As he was already suffering from depression, this constant ridicule pushed Cain to the point of suicide.
Although Sheriff Wayne Rausch has apologized to Cain’s family, no one has truly answered for this harassment. Sheriff Rausch has stood by the decision to post about Cain on a public website such as Facebook. The deputy who posted the message and sent the private message to Cain has not apologized or faced any consequences, even though his actions led to this boy’s death. Demand that this deputy be fired for his insensitive and damaging actions.
Dear Sheriff Rausch:
Recently, your office posted a sarcastic message on Facebook about 19-year-old Andrew Cain. The message mocked Cain for being ‘the Wanted Person for the Month of June.’ Due to this message, Cain faced constant public abuse and ridicule, as well as harassing messages from the deputy who posted the original message. As he was already suffering from depression, this harassment pushed Cain to end his own life.
I ask you to fire the deputy who was responsible for this harassment. In an age when cyberbullying is a severe problem, law enforcement officers should be helping to solve the problem instead of contributing to it. Cain took his life as a direct consequence of this deputy’s actions. The deputy must also face consequences, and be fired.
[Your Name Here]