Bully at the Basketball Game

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Posts about real school tragedy, crime and/or events can be upsetting.

Robin Lyons, Author, website

When we pay attention to student’s and adult’s behavior at school, we will start to recognize warning signs, and together we can make our schools safer.

Sadly, there is no shortage of true-crime research. Violent behavior at our schools is still far too widespread.

BLOG POST #49: This week, I’m sharing research on a true-crime case involving a high school bully and a new student.

The school district had fighting and bullying clearly defined as Illegal Behavior in the Code of Student Conduct. That didn’t deter the 19-year old high school student from repeatedly bullying a 16-year old student new to the school.

It was reported the bully had once been expelled for intimidating the 16-year old.

Several fights between crosstown rivals occurred at this particular basketball game. The bully used the chaos of the fights as an opportunity to again go after the boy he had repeatedly bullied. He attacked the 16-year old, and continued to punch him in the head even after he went unconscious.

Wherever teenagers are so are their cell phones. Luckily for the victim, but unbeknownst to the bully, one such cell phone captured the beating.

It was the victim’s sister who received the circulated video of her brother being assaulted. The victim’s mother reported the crime when she took her son to the hospital. Her son suffered intracranial bleeding, and blood on his spine. The victim survived and when well enough to return to school, he transferred to different school.

The bully was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery. A plea agreement was reached; the bully pleaded guilty to both felony charges. Because he was an adult, the judge sentenced him to 15-years in prison. The first 3-years to be served, and the balance served on probation. If the bully complies with the terms of his probation, his sentence would be terminated after 10-years.

What do you think about this case? Join the conversation on the website. We talk about the sensitive subject of crimes occurring at or connected to schools. Your relevant comments are always welcome on the Research Blog.

Do you know of a school crime you’d like to share? Email me so we can discuss the details.

Thank you for reading and caring about children!

-Robin

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