With the discovery and subsequent identification of Wade Steffey's body on Monday in a Purdue dormitory's high-voltage utility room, rumors and speculation have erupted on campus with many believing there is more than meets the eye with Wade's death. Wade Steffey, a 19 year old freshman, is believed to have died from accidental electrocution after walking into an unlocked storage room in January. With many holes in the theory, including how 8 K-9 units could not pick up his scent, why he would be trying recover his coat from a building in which he did not live from a friend who he had already called but who did not answer, how two men who did a cursory inspection of the room the week Wade went missing did not smell his burned body while a maintenance worker who walked in three days ago immediately smelled it, why the day students arrive back on campus from spring break Wade's body suddenly starts being heard making popping noises from grounding electricity, etc., many have been left uneasy with the given explanation.
To take action with all of the questions that have remained largely ignored and unanswered by the powers that be, I decided to devote a Facebook group to the subject so that others who shared my skepticism could voice theirs as well. The group entitled "Wade Steffey Didn't Trip..." gained 74 members in two days and was running wild with posts on various theories or bits and pieces of the story that weren't adding up. It was a huge success. But today, I got home only to discover that Jeanne Norberg, the Purdue spokeswoman who has been dealing with Wade's death, had not only joined the group but also posted on how she considered the skeptical views we all had voiced "disturbing." Four hours later, my group was removed from Facebook. I recieved a notification about a complaint against my group and its removal and that if I made a further violation of their policies, I might lose my access to Facebook altogether. No evidence was offered as to why my group was in violation of Facebook's policies (normally groups who are slanderous or disrespectful are reported and removed). However, none of the content on my group was in violation of Facebook's stated policies. And adding to the curiousness of my group's removal, the group "Wade Steffey was Abducted by Aliens" is still up and running. Clearly, whoever lodged a complaint against my group was motivated by other factors than concern about it being "disrespectful."
Is the right to question authority now being policed on a site that is supposed to promote the free exchange of ideas? I'm very concerned. We are recreating the group which will again be titled "Wade Steffey Didn't Trip..." and I encourage anyone (who is a member of Facebook) who is interested in the case and has doubts about its validity to post your concerns. We won't let Big Brother win easily.
I have spoken with Jeanne Norberg several times since posting this last night and feel confident that she was not behind the deletion of my group. I have gotten further information that a group of zealots are combing Facebook groups about Wade and reporting any that they don't particularly like. Still curious as to why they wouldn't attack "Wade Steffey was Abducted by Aliens." Big Brother still seems to be at work.