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Posts about real school tragedy, crime, and/or events can be upsetting.
Sadly, I’ve asked this question too many times before… Have your children experienced bullying in school? Even sadder, most people will answer yes or acknowledge that they were bullied when in school.
This case research is a must-read for you and a conversation starter for you to have with your children.
BLOG POST #207: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving an 18-year-old bullied high school senior.
It was an autumn morning when the senior packed his books and inhaler in his backpack and tucked a switchblade in his pocket. He’d purchased the knife online and wanted it to protect himself against the boys who he said had bullied him for years.
Tension between the boys had been building over the previous weeks.
That morning, students in the U.S. history class were throwing wadded paper and broken pencils at the senior. He confronted those students, and a fight ensued. The boy with the knife pulled it out from his pocket—this alone was a clear violation of school rules.
Twenty or so students witnessed a 15-year-old die from stab wounds to his chest. And then another teen stabbed causing serious physical injuries.
Almost two years after the stabbing, the teen who said he’d endured years of bullying for being bisexual went to trial. The bench trial lasted two weeks.
At the conclusion, the Supreme Court Judge found the boy guilty of first-degree manslaughter, first-degree assault, and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
The same Supreme Court Judge sentenced the boy to 14 years in prison for the manslaughter verdict, eight years in prison for the assault verdict, and 90 days in jail for the possession verdict. All sentences to run concurrently.
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Source: The New York Times, Bronx County District Attorney, USA Today