OPINION: Blanchard is back

Gypsy Rose Blanchard released from prison after eight year sentence
OPINION: Blanchard is back

On Dec. 28, Gypsy Rose Blanchard was released on parole, three years before her original release date in 2026. In 2016, Gypsy Blanchard was sentenced to 10 years in prison after her involvement in the murder of her mother Dee Dee Blanchard.

Dee Dee forged all of Gypsy’s medical issues which meant that Gypsy was a victim of Munchausen by proxy. Munchausen by proxy is a form of abuse in which a guardian exaggerates an illness in a child for attention. Dee Dee lied about Gypsy having leukemia, muscular dystrophy, that she was required to have a wheelchair and feeding tube.

I don’t understand how anyone could do this to their child. Watching your child go through pain you put them through, is evil. Munchausen by proxy is such a bizarre form of abuse. I look at physical, mental and sexual abuse, this form is so much scarier. Medicines and treatments can leave a negative long term effect on someone. Not that the other forms of abuse can’t leave those effects on you but this affects your health for the rest of your life.

Gypsy had lots of medications she was prescribed and surgeries she went through such as a salivary gland removal. Gypsy’s teeth eventually began to rot and start falling out due to the amount of medications and enamel health. I knew that if you didn’t take care of your teeth, you would get cavities. That was something I didn’t even know about.

In 2015, Gypsy arranged for her at the time boyfriend, Nicholas Godejohn, to stab her mother, as revenge for the abuse that went on for years. He is currently serving a death sentence in prison.

Gypsy was trying to get out of an awful situation. I see why she did what she did, she had no other way out of the situation. She ran away but she would’ve been found and placed back with her mother. There were doctors that were suspicious of Gypsy’s medical records but didn’t question anything.

On the outside it just looked like a concerned mother trying to get help for her daughter. She shouldn’t have been put in jail with a sentence of 10 years. I think she should’ve served five or six years in prison because the planning of the murder was an act of self defense.

Before Gypsy was even out of prison, fake social media accounts on Tik Tok were created with Gypsy’s name and what seemed to be a recent photo of her. Gypsy joined Instagram in November teasing her documentary “The Prison Confessions od Gypsy Rose Blanchard” which tells her story.

As soon as I saw that Gypsy was being released early I immediately went to my Tiktok and searched up her name. Lots of different accounts came up but there were a couple that looked super real but there wasn’t any video or verification symbol that made it clear.

The day of her release and posted her “first selfie of freedom” (Gypsy Rose Blanchard via Instagram). Grace Lovejoy

“After a lifetime of silence I finally get to use my voice to share my story and complete my truth. Join me on January 5, 6, & 7 for the premiere,” Gypsy Rose Blanchard said via Instagram.

After Gypsy was released she became very active on instagram posting about her husband Ryan Anderson who she married in August 2022. Gypsy has gone on Good Morning America, The View and The Viall Files Podcast to talk about her story.

Gypsy is now an advocate for others who struggle with Munchausen by proxy. Gypsy’s case was looked into in depth and was most likely the reason she was let out on parole.

It’s absolutely amazing what Gypsy is doing. She is being the gateway to freedom for others that she didn’t have.

Cases such as the Mendez brothers should be looked at in depth because more information can be overlooked. The Menendez brothers murdered their parents because of the sexual abuse their father. Their father sexually abused both brothers and their mother was aware of the situation. They were victims of abuse by their parents, and sometimes there’s no other way out.

More cases involving abuse by guardians should be looked at more in depth to help the victims who don’t deserve to be in prison.

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Grace Lovejoy, Features Editor
Grace Lovejoy is serving as the Features Editor for the McIntosh Trail this year. Lovejoy is a sophomore this year and ia McIntosh Ambassador and a Gold Honor Roll Student. Lovejoy first started journalism In sixth grade at J.C Booth Middle School working for the online newsletter. She joined the Mcintosh Trail last year and was promoted to Features Editor as a sophomore. Last year, Lovejoy won the Trail staff’s first Best of SNO Excellence in writing badge for her story “Collision course: teens and golf cart accidents in Peachtree City”. In the fall, she followed and wrote multiple stories about Taylor Swift vs. Ticketmaster. At the Georgia Scholastic Press Association’s Spring Convention, she won a superior in depth news story award for her story, “The Saga of Taylor Swift Tickets: “The Great War '' between fans and Ticketmaster”. Lovejoy is now seeing her first year as a New Voices Student Leader at the Student Press Law Center for the 2023-2024 school year. She also applied to Teen Insight, a fully teen-run student online newspaper created by New Voices Leaders. Last year, Lovejoy was a part of the McIntosh Drama Department’s one act and the McIntosh Girls Varsity Tennis Team. Lovejoy loves journaling, organizing and acting. She is very excited to help new staffers have a successful first year of highschool journalism!
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