When Bullying Turned Deadly


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BLOG POST #87: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving several high school students.

Girl High School Students are Bullied More Often than Boys

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2015, 24.8% female high school students reported being bullied while at school, 15.8% of their male counterparts.

Boys Can Be Just as Mean as Girls

The victim was 16, an honor roll student, a basketball player, and a Junior ROTC cadet. His first job was at 14. He bought his first car, a BMW, with his money.

During his sophomore year, he gained weight. Students began to bully and tease him. He started skipping classes, his grades dropped, and he became truant.

Teenagers Have Underdeveloped Coping Skills

Rather than seeking treatment from the therapy his family had arranged he self-medicated with marijuana. He went from an outgoing teenager who always laughed about something and had lots of friends, to the kind of teenager who commanded respect from his former bullies.

There was a disagreement between the 16-year-old and another teenager. The other teen asked his two older brothers to help him ambush and rob the 16-year-old. The 16-year-old was lured away from school on the pretense of a drug deal. He went to a path, named ‘The Cut,’ which many kids used to walk from a nearby neighborhood, where they could park for free, to the school. The school had pay-to-park lots.

The older boys jumped the 16-year-old from behind and shot him six times. The victim fell to the ground where he was rolled over and shot again in the head, execution style. The 20-year-old gunman was arrested and later pleaded guilty to first-degree murder. Two of the three other teens involved were charged with Conspiracy to Commit a Felony.

The county attorney said, “When you get involved in the drug culture, anything can happen, including this.”

Action or Reaction? You Can’t Take it Back

The 20-year-old was sentenced to 75-years in prison with 25-years suspended. The 20-year-old did accept responsibility for his actions and gave a statement at his sentencing. In part, he said, “To my mother and [the victim’s] mother, I owe my greatest apologies to both of you. There is no excuse for my actions. I wish I could take it all back.”

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