Cold-Blooded Vengeance

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Summer is a time when it’s more likely friends will have sleepovers. Days are long. School’s on break. Parents usual relax curfews.

Although the case research I’m sharing in this post didn’t occur during the summer, it should serve as a reminder to parents—never drop your guard.

BLOG POST #161: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving three middle school girls.

Evil Backstabber

Shortly after the new school year had begun, one young teenager was sleeping over at her friend’s house. They watched TV and chatted about boys. The typical stuff you’d expect 13-year-old girls to do.

Unbeknownst to the girl who had invited the friend to spend the night, it was a ruse—you might say.

On Monday, after the sleepover, school security learned the so-called ‘friend’ and another girl had plotted to kill the girl who’d invited the friend to spend the night a few days earlier.

Twisted Motivation

If you’re like me, you’re asking what would drive 13-year-old girls to kill. Apparently, it doesn’t take much these days.

The intended victim had previously attended school in the school district but left in the third grade. Transferring back was not much different than never attending there at all. She had to make new friends.

One of the friends she made was a boy, he liked her. Unfortunately for her, the boy was the ex-boyfriend of one of the alleged co-conspirators.

The Day Of Reckoning

The eighth-grade girls reportedly brought knives to schools and plotted to lure the new friend into the woods where they planned to kill her and dump her body into a creek. The sheriff believed the motive to be jealousy.

Both girls were arrested and charged with felony conspiracy to commit murder. Due to this case remaining in juvenile court, it’s unknown what consequences may have resulted from their actions.

The intended victim lucked out. Too often, children succeed in killing other children. There are cases where a child accidentally kills another child. It’s the disturbing cases with intent and success that truly boggle the mind. Were there warning signs parents may have missed? I’m sure all the parents involved in this case wonder the same thing.

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Bully At The Top Of The Stairs

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Kids are mean. It’s a fact. I’m talking about bullies. Something has to be done to stop bullying. But what can be done?

Should schools deal with bullying when it occurs on school grounds? Should school be held liable when injuries result from bullying on school grounds?

BLOG POST #150: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving an elementary school bully.

Young Bully

The victim began being bullied in first grade. The bullying reached a dangerous level when the boy was in fourth grade.

To address budget cuts, many schools have reduced nonessential positions such as hall monitors. When schools have hall monitors, does that lower the incidents of bullying? It’s impossible to know. There weren’t hall monitors at the school in this case.

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Stop The Madness

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I’m still deeply saddened by the school massacre that happened in Florida recently. My heart aches for the families and friends who lost a loved one.

Typically, I share case research after the sentencing phase has concluded. However, in this post, I chose to share some recent news that is both disturbing and praiseworthy.

BLOG POST #148: This week, I’m sharing information on specific criminal cases involving foiled school shooting plots.

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The Tormented Turned Killer

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School violence is so sad and can have a lasting impact on all involved. My heart aches for anyone who has lost a loved one or friend to school violence.

BLOG POST #140: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving two high school boys.

Not My Son

According to one family, their 15-year-old son had been bullied, and they told him to stand up for himself. The other family said their 16-year-old son and only child was not a bully. A female student told her father she witnessed the 15-year-old boy constantly being picked on by the 16-year-old.

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Breaking Up Can Be Deadly

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Robin Lyons' Blog Post #131When you’re in high school, being popular doesn’t necessarily make life easier. It can be just as difficult as being the lowest kid in the pecking order.

Like everyone, popular kids have the negative voice in their head telling them they’re fat or worthless, etc. Popular kids can come from turbulent homes.

BLOG POST #131: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving a popular high school student.

You’d think the popular football player, recently crowned Homecoming Prince, would be on top of the world. Instead, like so many teenagers, he kept his troubles inside.

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