A Florida judge on Monday terminated a stalking case that TikTok star Ava Majury carried against her immature schoolmate. The 15-year-old girl appeared in a Collier County, Florida, courtroom against a boy from her high school in a criminal stalking case.
Ava’s father, Rob Majury, filed the stalking complaint in January against the juvenile from Naples, who was suspect of intimidating and following Ava beginning in 2021 after a separate stalking instance.
Ava alleged that the juvenile was always behind her or in her general vicinity at school no matter what. She accused the boy of going out of his way to follow her around school for months.
Ava said in her testament that she was scared and took herself out of many things that she love and that she has nightmares about the whole thing and feels frightened at night. Ava has since been pulled out of school.
The case follows a distinct stalking episode that led to chaos in July 2021 when a suspected 18-year-old stalker named Eric Rohan Justin from Maryland showed up at Ava’s Florida home with a shotgun.
Ava’s father, a former New Jersey police officer, shot and killed Justin, who had been following Ava for months on social media and bullying her for pictures. Ava and her lawyers argued that the accused juvenile had been in communication with Justin who, according to Ava’s words, “tried to murder” her family.
Ava says that she had blocked Justin in reply to unsuitable desires for explicit content and that he was harassing her and her friends. She also blocked the accused juvenile stalker, whom she said began to follow her in school after the shooting incident.
Regardless of blocking the juvenile, Ava turned to him seldom for info about Justin because she knew the two had been in contact with each other. The juvenile sent Ava photos of his Snapchat exchanges with Justin at her demand. In one such conversation, Justin sent the juvenile a grape emoji with the phrase, “I want to [grape emoji] her, bro,” which Ava described during her testimony that meant “sexual assault”.
The boy took photos of conversations with Justin on his phone using an iPad because he didn’t want to screenshot the conversations. When one Snapchat user screenshots a conversation, other users involved in that conversation get an alert informing them of the screenshot.
The juvenile’s attorney claimed that he was willingly sending Ava information about Justin in an endeavour to help her and that Ava’s testimony did not establish the definition of stalking.
The judge mull over for about 10 minutes after the hour-and-a-half-long hearing, eventually deciding to terminate the case.
The social media star said in a February statement posted to her Instagram that she and her family have agonized since the instance. She erased her main TikTok account, though her Instagram page is still live but quiet.
The case has highlighted the dangers of social media stardom and how it can take a toll on not only youth mental health but physical safety.
Rob Majury and Kim Majury said all they’ve ever wanted is the best for Ava. The pair said in a statement that while becoming social media famous was not in the plan but they support their daughter’s endeavors entirely.
They said that never in their wildest dreams did they think a fun pastime could lead to a near-death experience.
They continued saying that they beg local authorities to take this scary ordeal earnestly and parents to inspire their children to report suspect activity on social media and not be complacent in threatening behavior that too often leads to disaster.
Majury downloaded TikTok when she was 13 and initiated posting videos of herself dancing. By the next year, she had total a million followers and three quarters of them male. Majury told that she was making upwards of $1,000 for a single publicity video due to her large following.
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