A district attorney in South Hadley, Mass., is taking precedent-setting action.
Not long ago, a high school freshman from Ireland, new to town, was harassed by a pack of older teens. Threats and physical abuse led this young girl to hang herself when she could no longer tolerate the terror. Criminal charges have been filed against two boys and seven girls: statutory rape, stalking, criminal harassment, and civil rights violations.
Unfortunately, the criminal charges stop there. I would add the teachers, principal, and administration officials to those being criminally charged or maybe bring a civil lawsuit, as the bullying was common knowledge for months.
The girl’s mother twice complained to school staffers, and some bullying was witnessed by teachers. It is time to rise up and counter this vicious free-for-all going on in our schools.
Where do the kids get the gall to do this? Well, just look at what’s all around them.
Watch reality television — it is all about being mean and out of control. Even American Idol has so-called “judges” insulting people on national television. Watch music videos with their hostile lyrics and out-of-control sexual aggression.
Dominating people by humiliation is what our society does for entertainment.
"Lord of the Flies" behavior from our children should not be a surprise. What is shocking is that adults stand by, afraid of their own children and handcuffed by political correctness where vile behavior now becomes protected speech.
Phoebe Prince, the girl from Massachusetts, should have been taken out of school by her parents. The school should have thrown those brats out on their ears.
If you’re thinking, “No one could know that she’d kill herself,” well, according to one source: “One of those girls posted on Phoebe’s Facebook right after her suicide, ‘Accomplished.’”
I want parents and grandparents to teach children to stand between the evil and the innocent — even if they risk being ostracized or worse.
We can have a million court cases and school suspensions, but it is only when parents teach their children to intervene that these bullies will be brought to their knees.
It is only when people stop standing idly by that evil will be squelched.
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