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The Lesson Of Kayla Mendoza

On this Cinco de Mayo, lovingly referred to as “Drinko de Mayo,” all teens should think of Kayla Mendoza before they down shots of tequila or smoke pot and then get behind the wheel. Kayla Mendoza is a brutal hard knocks example for any teen in the modern era. The “pothead princess” from South Florida killed Kaitlyn Ferrante and Marisa Catronio, both 21, in November 2014. She was recently convicted of DUI manslaughter in this fatal crash. A Daily News article states:

Mendoza, from Hallandale Beach, allegedly had a blood alcohol content of nearly twice the legal limit at 1:45 a.m. on Nov. 17 when she rammed her Hyundai Sonata head-on into Ferrante and Catronio’s Toyota Camry while going the wrong way on the Sawgrass Expressway. Catronio, who was in the passenger seat, was pronounced dead at the scene, while Ferrante died from her injuries days later at Broward Health North hospital. They were both 21.

What made the story even worse was that she tweeted “2 Drunk 2 Care” before the crash. There are two startling lessons here: how one bad decision can change your whole life, and how much social media plays in a teenager’s reckless behavior. Mendoza maintains that the tweet was directed at her boyfriend only since they had been fighting before the crash. But investigation into her Twitter account displayed a party girl lifestyle that she had no problem sharing with the world.

Teens + drugs + alcohol has always been a deadly combination. The difference between today and two decades ago is that a teenager is more apt to share their reckless decisions or actions with the world. When it comes to social media, today’s teenager walks that fine line between having fun with their selfies and oversharing. There are tons of examples of inappropriate texts, photos, videos and chat conversations that parents have to worry about now. These technological worries didn’t exist in the 80s or 90s. Parental intervention is even more crucial today than ever before.

With Highster Mobile cell phone monitoring software, a parent like Kayla’s can monitor a teen’s cell phone using these three easy steps:

  1. Download
  2. Install
  3. Monitor

Once installed, the user control panel allows any parent to view all social media activity, photos, videos, GPS location and more. And guess what? There’s a good chance there won’t be any “Too Drunk Too Care” tweets from a monitored phone. With Highster Mobile, a parent can also track all texts, even the deleted ones. What concerned parent wouldn’t want to track a mobile phone in the name of child safety?

As for Kayla Mendoza, there are no signs of forgiveness from either family at this time. The article goes on to say “Kaitlyn Ferrante’s sister, Ashley, told CBS Miami Monday’s event was the first step along the road to justice.”

“We need to see her in that courtroom … wearing that jumpsuit, and knowing that she destroyed a life and now she destroyed her own.”

About Pat S.
Blogger, writer, yoga enthusiast, and cell phone monitoring software expert.

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