Dad fatally shot when confronting daughter’s cyberbully,


This is an interesting news story about what is potentially a self-defense shooting. It;s tricky though because there doesn’t appear to be any “good guy” in it at first glance. I think there may need to be some reading between the lines on this one though.

I will excerpt a lot of it below but to cut to the chase, a Father went to another man’s property to confront him about his kid, cyber bullying his daughter. Seems admirable. Go stick up for your daughter. Cyber bullying can and does lead to suicide all of the time. I myself saw a FB live stream of a Canadian teen girl hang herself over cyber bullying. It’s serious business. Walking on to another persons property already with confrontation on your mind is not going to end well though. Did the now room temp Father intend to start a fight? Probably not, but only a first class card carrying oaf would not see the potential there for things to escalate.

A Texas dad was fatally shot when he went to confront the parents of a teen who had been cyberbullying his daughter, his family said.

Brandon Curtis, 35, of Houston had hoped to put an end to the harassing messages that a boy had been sending his 15-year-old daughter for nine months, news station KTRK reported.

The teenage mind does not work like an adult mind, and things are way out of proportion to their actual seriousness. I do understand that. But there are many ways to have blocked or ignored the mean messages.

“When he left from here, my husband went to go resolve the issue. He wanted to go speak to the parent,” Curtis’ wife, Shantal Harris, told the news station.

You just don’t go to another man’s castle looking to argue. You just don’t Not when their kid is involved. No matter how big of a piece of shit that kid is, he is some one’s “baby” and will be defended vehemently out of the natural reflex of most parents. Showing up on their land with confrontation on your mind turns the porcupine reflex level up to 11. Would you not agree?

Curtis had spoken to the boy’s father before, but he went over with his daughter and son to address the issue again Friday evening at the home in the Humble area. He kept on and on, justified or not he did not excerise caution and realize the ramifications of walking up to some one else’s house with the intentions of ” by God I will set him and his kid straight!” I’m sure being Texan didn’t help either.

While outside the residence, the confrontation escalated to violence, KTRK reported. Zero surprise there.

A 20-year-old man told police that Curtis hit his younger brother, the outlet reported. And that is when his lack of thinking it through turned lethal.

He claimed he then pulled out a gun to defend the teen boy and shot Curtis, who was pronounced dead at the scene, the outlet reported.

But Curtis’ family strongly denies that he would have become physical with the boy. Well, we know they would do that. They always do. ” He was such a gentle soul”,” he would give you the shirt off his back.” He wouldn’t have hurt a fly” etc etc. And, maybe he wouldn’t but he’s dead now because he didn’t think through the reaction of a man who’s ego was now fired up and his kid was brought into it.

“I know my husband. My husband is not like that,” she said, adding, “For them to claim self-defense, it’s sickening.”

I’m sure it is lady, but he is the one who obviously went to start a confrontation on another man’s property uninvited to accuse a parent’s innocent sweet baby cakes of vile behavior. That was not going to end well. The out come was as predicable as the sun rise.

No charges have been filed against the shooter.

The case will be referred to a grand jury when the investigation is complete, the Laredo Morning Times reported.


  1. Let’s go back up to the this-has-been-happening-for-nine-months point.

    Granted parents don’t find out things immediately … that timescale raises a number of other questions about what was happening to stop this in the meantime.

  2. I’m going to issue a qualified disagreement with you on this one, Shawn. Obviously walking up to somebody’s house with the intent to fight them is very fraught.

    But how else is someone supposed to convey, “Stop treating my daughter this way” in this kind of situation other than by going to their house?

  3. It’s not what you believe, but what you can prove, that matters. The deceased may have had honorable intentions, but unless an incontrovertible proof can be had that establishes murder on the part of the shooter, it’s his word against that of a dead man… and dead men (as we all know) tell no tales. Yeah it sucks, but that’s the breaks. Also, older people operate on the mores of their generation, and those mores always operate at a deficit to the mores of the younger generations, which are looser and less constricting.


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