Friday, March 26, 2010

Boys Warned After Posting Bullying Video

Police formally warned six boys between the ages of 11 and 14 after finding a video of the boys bullying a girl online. The girl's mother alerted police that her daughter had been attacked and authorities found video evidence posted by one of the boys. All of the children involved will write formal apologies to the girl and her family.

Authorities involved call the new approach "community resolution," which is an approach being used for lesser crimes. Assault, however, seems pretty serious. Of course, these are only children and I actually agree with the punishment, but I have no idea what the video showed, nor the nature or extent of the assault. As a frequent victim of bullying as a child, I'm not sure I would have been satisfied with a letter of apology; as an adult, I honestly can't think of a more fitting punishment, except for a monetary judgment against the parents of the bullies.

© C Harris Lynn, 2010

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