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We return now to our top story today as we await -- news conference about arrests in the tragic death of the fifteen year old girl.
Audrey pot was described as a normal healthy teenager.
And her suicide last September came as a shock to her parents who say they had no idea anything was wrong.
They now know that eight days before their child took her own life last September.
Bobby was drinking at a house party and woke up to what the family's attorney calls quote the worst nightmare imaginable.
That attorney says three teenage boys had sexually assaulted Audrey while she was unconscious.
They -- -- shared with friends and classmates.
It took months before the -- family learned what had happened tawdry.
And police arrested all three boys.
Just last Thursday.
Joining me now in their first interview about the case Sheila and Larry pot -- mother and father Lisa pot.
And their attorney Robert -- thank you all so much for being here and I'm so sorry about the circumstances we are very grateful to you for speaking out about.
A case that resembles too many others we have been seeing in the news as of late she'll let me start with you is -- smother.
-- do you believe now.
Several months later why do you now believe Audrey took her own life.
It is very clear to me from me.
Conversations that are captured on -- -- That she felt like her reputation was -- -- and and that there was no way that she could recover from that.
She made attempts to error during that Wednesdays following the attack to find out.
Exactly what had happened because she it was passed out unconscious.
So when she did find out it was more and workers have meant she had ever imagined and she did reach out to some classmates just.
She did try to resume a normal life but -- -- conversations.
That clearly indicated.
She felt like her life was ruined and there was no way she could fix it.
Larry what I understand that you did not you none of you knew anything about this you know you are going to party and and a week in a day later she she hanged herself.
And and it was only after her death that you started to learn more -- did -- say nothing to any of you after.
The sexual assault.
No she didn't we.
Had absolutely no idea.
Schools you know -- just started back up again and and so.
She was busy with with you know normal activities -- school and and we had no inclination and it's -- anything that happened.
In and I want to thank you both for providing us with some videotape of Audrey that we have not yet seen the viewers have not yet seen -- showing her when she was a little younger singing.
And a vibrant beautiful.
Everything going for her child I can't imagine what -- this is like for you and our condolences go out to you.
I want to -- to you Robert is the family attorney because I know you were quoted as saying those boys these football players quoted unimaginable things to her while she was unconscious.
I wanna get into the details any more than any of you do but I do want to ask you whether Audrey was raped if if he's he's your contention that she was raped.
-- are contention these -- young men.
The label of -- I think it's inappropriate.
They were young men engaging in very serious adult like crimes.
When he called -- rape or what he called a sexual assault what we do know happened.
Is that -- was helpless.
She was unconscious.
And she was violated in the worst way imaginable by three -- -- friends it's important to note these -- not strangers to her and they knew these three -- she knew these three boys for a period of time and they took great advantage of her so.
We do intend to move forward.
With with the argument that she was sexually assaulted.
-- your thoughts on that I mean just.
-- it's not unusual for young.
Teenagers to try alcohol and to not be familiar with the limits.
Of their own in -- tolerance but but to find out the three of her friends her so called friends.
And took advantage of your daughter sexually assaulting -- you say actually photographing their crime I mean.
I don't know how you get -- -- that.
That's why I think that.
The crime is so much worse because it it wasn't committed by strangers.
-- was committed by people that she -- -- So it was an ultimate betrayal.
It would be difficult for an adult to deal with something like that let alone a child -- Larry how did how did you find out when your daughter.
Kills herself and you are dealing with the devastation of that and then how -- -- first coming to your attention.
About what she had been going through.
We heard her memorial service was the Saturday.
That's Saturday following her death and we had just buried her in.
That Sunday evening.
Lisa and I were.
We're in bad -- just trying to get through tonight reflecting on what happened in.
We received a call.
From a friend of the family that.
They felt today that there and that there was knowledge of this party had just began to circulate.
That there -- is there was information that some of the children had -- We felt too.
Would be vital to for us to find out and so.
That Sunday night we began to call around.
And investigate talk to the kids.
In quickly -- we're able to piece together -- that something had happened.
That next Monday.
We called the senator -- county sheriff's office and they came down and met with us and and let us know that they were starting an investigation and that.
If something happened something terrible about it.
You know I know -- -- so many issues here but but -- a couple of the top -- Bob include.
Whether she was sexually assaulted.
Whether that this cyber bullying took place thereafter and -- -- blog needs to change.
To -- to stiffen the penalties for those two -- me right now my understanding is in California the state legislator just legislature just set a higher than usual standard.
For prosecuting as adults.
That -- sexual assaults on other miners I want ask you about that I want to ask you -- about the cyber bullying because now.
Some on the defense side of pushing back saying she was a sizable -- -- bullied at most there was one photo.
That the boy showed on their phones and didn't circulate via FaceBook or other electronic media.
Well -- want to share that win.
We all met initially.
The number one objective.
By the family that would be to change the way that kids.
Deal with these phones and the cyber bullying in the dangerous caused by personal device between their hands.
Making sure they understand that the power and the damage it can cause.
The camp for the boys says about.
Say about the distribution.
We do know one daughter's own own words.
That in her mind the whole school knew.
And whether the number is that is ten that saw the photograph.
Or -- -- That's ten too many this should've never been done.
Who knows how many people were talking about it.
We can properly delve into the mind of of laundry.
The poor girl was tormented she felt everybody knew about it.
And that's why.
Were contending that this this the message was was so fast now.
-- and that kind of leads -- -- and it was just an Intel that viewers -- what she wrote on her FaceBook page she wrote.
Worst -- ever.
The whole school knows.
My life is like ruined now I mean that you can hear you know and a teenage voice.
The devastation and you know -- says her step mom.
You know we were all fifteen year old girls wanting it and that -- lead to I can never recover from this for.
-- is made a lot quicker when -- fifteen years old you think all your friends know what's happened unit case like this.
Yeah absolutely and being in the -- is is that we read.
-- kept referring to her life my life is over my life is ruined my it wasn't just her reputation she already felt that her life was over.
It was that severe in her mind and I want to clarify something they used -- said.
With regards to the perpetrators.
They were 100% -- that evening they what they did was cold and calculated.
And having an -- and at that party.
Even though they may have provided the alcohol.
Sheila let me ask you whether you had any contact and -- -- 78 months now since the incident.
And the boys were just arrested they've been investigating they say and so on but have you had any contact.
You or Larry from these young men and night -- and I appreciate the clarification Robert they -- young -- Sixteen years old from them or their parents.
None at all.
I'll absolutely no attempt known -- -- reached out to us to either offer condolences or express an apology.
The first attempt on behalf of that any family of the boys after seven months was -- through a group of attorneys.
In in a public statement.
In what they chose to do is not to apologize serve to express the condolences this is a family who has which has been waiting.
For over seven months to hear from someone.
From these families in the first thing we heard was in the paper.
Telling us that we're spreading inaccuracies.
About what has been portrayed.
And number two they are vehemently denying that what they did.
Had anything to do with what Audrey did.
That's one reason why we let me read this area and equipment all Jewish owners are apparently these are boys young men.
Or not accepting responsibility so its -- the families intention to to force them to accept responsibility.
Let me -- and I think issue which you refer quote much of what has been reported over the last several days -- -- from the boy's attorneys.
Is inaccurate most disturbing is the attempt to link Audrey suicide to the specific actions of these three boys.
So they are denying Larry that that -- -- actions had anything to do with your daughter's death and I know now you've.
You're going to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against these young men.
Your thoughts on their allegation Larry that that their behavior had nothing to do.
With your daughters who -- Was absolutely ridiculous first and foremost.
That they admit to the actions they took just like the the report in the school newspaper.
But Roberts said -- ten people three people a hundred people.
The simple fact of the matter is our daughter was sexually assaulted.
So any documented there also and we we stay sober.
We sought your daughter.
We take record -- that we spread it around.
We can humiliated -- humiliate her afterwards.
To try to quiet her.
Try to quiet others throughout a campaign of fear intimidation.
That our campaign has failed and were arrested oh yeah you know those actions that we took -- -- that's that happened.
Nothing to do with that your daughters after eight days later I was just a coincidence pastas eight days.
You know who knows what it who knows what it could've been.
You know there was another article written.
Back when this happened.
-- Certain people were cited as saying -- who knows who you know who knows what happened.
And this afternoon the bullying was out in and so forth and so this is ridiculous.
That they would make that statement -- that.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- over the -- especially since we've been sitting here for seven months trying to piece together what had happened and the first information we get from their families that there's no link between their actions.
And pour hundreds.
It's it's happening too often without casting judgment on this case which has yet to be resolved and legal system.
We we just saw the cases -- -- Ohio where a young girl sexually assault is like two football players who were convicted of rape.
We -- said -- Canada where a girl just hanged herself.
After she and her parents say that she was sexually assaulted and then the cyber bullying again that follow the celebration of the crime.
By the perpetrators of the alleged perpetrators which adds to the young girls torment and and I understand.
How you feel about what has happened in -- -- case thank you all so much for being here all the best to your family in the days and weeks and months ahead.
Thank you yeah.
Thank you very much.
A biography on the artery -- foundation web site.
Notes that -- was in the process of developing the ability to cope with the cruelty of this world.
But had not quite figured it all out.
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