A grieving mom’s TikTok videos spark online speech battle

A Mississippi judge ordered Heather Wyatt to take down posts accusing schoolmates of bullying her daughter to death

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A judge has ordered a Mississippi woman who says her daughter was bullied to death to shut down her social media accounts, as a small-town tragedy balloons into an online drama with millions of onlookers. After 13-year-old Aubreigh Wyatt died by suicide in September 2023, her grieving mother, Heather Wyatt, began posting about her death on TikTok, attracting hundreds of thousands of followers. Heather Wyatt attributed her daughter’s death to bullying, both online and offline, at the hands of schoolmates in Ocean Springs, Miss.

, near Biloxi..