19 Year old Californian, ThunderRoo had been looking for a change in his life. Recently through contact with KaiWulf on Twitter, Roo was offered a job as a cable tech, made a commitment, bought a ticket and flew across the country to Atlanta GA to start a new life.
Before the jetlag had even worn off, ThunderRoo was contacted by his parents who indicated that his father was critically injured in an accident and was in the hospital. Red flags went up for those who know the situation; to get closure and ease his sense of guilt, ThunderRoo boarded a plane back to California.
When he arrived back, he found out he had been deceived. His parents lied to him and lured him back to keep him from venturing out on his own. His phone was taken. His social accounts such as twitter were suspended. At this point, the community knew something was going bad – real bad.
A message was sent to Roos phone by ScottJFox. Scott got this message in return:
ScottJFox then started a rescue:
. @ThunderRoo is 19 years of age. He has moved out, and his parents lied to forcefully keep him in California. @DragonOrca and I will be leaving shortly to pick him up. What his parents have done is illegal. There was no “car accident” and his father was not severely hospitalized. Wish us luck, and hopefully voilence does not come of this.Scott used GPS Data posted in ThunderRoo’s tweets provided by HenriWatson to get his location. It was not long till he and Dragonorca were heading to the Roo’s Jouse in Joshua Tree, California to pick him up and possibly confront his parents.#FreeThunderRoo Officially heading out to pick up @ThunderRoo , wish us luck! Game Plan is going to the door, asking to speak with Mathew. Should they refuse, I will thank them, turn around, and then involve the local Sheriff. Will update when possible, going to do everything we can to avoid violence etc etc etc.Details were thin during the confrontation – we got this tweet:#FreeThunderRoo I have sucessfully come in contact with @ThunderRoo. He’s in the car with me, and safe. *hugs him 9001 times* <3
Currently ThunderRoo is safe. You can get in touch with his new Twitter account @ThunderRoo1
From ScottJFox’s FA Journal:
I wish there were some way for me to directly reply to everybody from tonight’s events, however seeing as it would be impossible to do so I’ve concluded to write an FA journal and link to it instead.
From the Beginning to the End.. My own views and understanding. Thunder’s asleep on my couch as of now so I’m unable to verify details of things (will edit the journal at a later time if need be).
ThunderRoo is a 19 year old male, and he quoteunquote ‘ran away’ (moved out, considering he’s over 18) from his California home after finding work in Atlanta Georgia. Leaving a note with his parents stating he was moving out, he boarded the next available flight, taking only his phone and the clothes on his back.
Shortly after arriving in Georgia , I received a text from him stating he’s already headed on his way back to California (the airline ticket there was paid for to my understanding, the one back was not). As story would have it, his father was severely hospitalized after a car accident, so Thunder had the decency of flying back to visit his father in the hospital, even though it caused him to lose his newfound job before he had the chance to start.
Earlier this afternoon, news started appearing on Twitter that ThunderRoo’s twitter account had been suspended. I quickly shot him a text message to be greeted with this: http://img210.imageshack.us/img210/…..7clipboard.png
To make a very long story short, ThunderRoo is 19 years of age. He had moved out, and his parents lied to forcefully bring him back to and attempt to keep him in California. DragonOrca and I left shortly after to pick him up from his place. What his parents did was illegal. There was no “car accident” and his father was not severely hospitalized. Thankfully, no violence came of this. ThunderRoo left his home and headed to a local church, where DragonOrca and I picked him up. Drove home stopping for food, and as of now he’s sleeping safe and sound.
Should there anything I’ve left out, or any questions I’ve left unanswered, please let me know! It’s approximately 2:16am where we’re both located, so I’m going to be headed out to sleep.
Thank you to EVERYBODY who gave concern! It did not go unappreciated.
Also, as far as the initial start of the story, FNN did a pretty decent job of writing up an explanation here: http://www.furrynewsnetwork.com/201…..roo-in-crisis/
It’s really awesome! Their entire website has been very helpful, and I would like to personally thank them. (:
During the crisis, a hash tag was created – #freeThunderRoo – he was the #1 topic of conversation during the rescue exercise. Because Twitter no longer keeps long term tweets in search, you will only be able to search for #FreeThunderRoo for the next 24 – 48 hours.
This crisis forced ThunderRoo to use all of his savings. For the time being, he is safe, away from his parents but still stranded in California. We would like to head up a Donation Campaign to try to get some funds back to him so he can function as he tries to get back to Atlanta.
Edit – Jan 21, 2011
We were running a donation drive for ThunderRoo.
Because of continued suspicions and accusations from several very vocal members of the community, FNN is pulling the donations button from the site. We thank those of you who donated. The funds collected have already been sent to ThunderRoo and should help get him back on his feet.
To be clear on this – ThunderRoo did not ask me to do a donation drive for him. That was my idea. The reasons for it are explained in the Editorial post HERE.
I’m going to get a bit unprofessional here. The donations drive was called “crass”, “an insult to hundreds of furs who are suffering, but didn’t get a “popufur” to “rescue” them”, other tweets and comments have come in questioning ThunderRoo’s motives. Wondering if he ever even made the flight out to Atlanta. There have been conspiracy theories and accusations that it was just a way for him to make money.
Well, I know for a fact he made the flight from California to Georgia. I was called by his employer to ask if I wanted to ride along to pick him up. I had to miss that trip, but I did meet ThunderRoo and KaiWulf (his employer) for a late dinner/early breakfast not long after his flight came in. The photo above was taken with my phone at that meeting. Why did I take the photo? I was adding him to my contacts.
I also talked with KaiWulf about the situation when ThunderRoo got the call from his parents. So I had all the information from the personal meeting to him being called back to California. So yes. It is a credible story. It really did happen just as described by myself and ScottJFox.
Again, thank you to all who gave ThunderRoo both moral support, and those that added some financial support. You guys are the reason this fandom is worth being in.
Edit: 1/21/2011 – 4:33pm EST
Scott Fox – tweetdeck.com – Public
. @ThunderRoo1, @DragonOrca and I were walking back to the house from Subway, when a car slammed on their brakes and stopped in front of us. ThunderRoo exclaims, “Oh crap. My parents.” Thunder’s father gets out of the driver’s side door and SLAMS the door shut, and then his mother gets out. They were talking in spanish, but Thunder said the conversation started off with them saying they were really mad, then they asked if he was okay, and then said they have his clothes. His father took a deep breath, shook our hands, and said, “Take care of our son.” before driving off.
Uhhh…. @ThunderRoo1 ‘s parents are here… >>; shhhiitttt
They’re talking in Spanish and don’t seem pissed.. they’re giving him his clothes and stuff. >>;
They told @DragonOrca and I to ‘take care of their son’ and handed us his clothing. Mother fucker I’ve never been so relieved in my life. xD
Everything’s okay, we’re back home now. I guess somebody let them know where I lived, and they came to drop off his things.. #phew #thankgod
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