Bullied To Tears

***READER DISCRETION IS ADVISED***

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

For my 200th blog post, I’ve chosen the subject of bullying. In my opinion, bullying is the #1 problem in schools today. From all the research I’ve done and my work experience, I’ve come to believe much of the school violence stems from bullying.

It’s hard for parents to see their child come home day-after-day in tears from having been bullied at school or in this case on the bus. With that said. It’s never a good idea to deal with the bully on your own. Talk with the bully’s parents, the school principal, the superintendent, school board members, or perhaps law enforcement if the severity warrants that level of intervention or transfer to a different school.

BLOG POST #200: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving a school bus invasion.

The school bus full of children ages 6-8 was headed to school in the morning. One of the female students had told her mother and her mother’s boyfriend she’d repeatedly been bullied and hit while on the bus.

With intentions of stopping the kids behind the bullying, the mother’s boyfriend boarded the bus and confronted the bullies. The bus driver’s attempt to block the man was met by his arm being aggressively shoved out of the way.

After the man yelled obscenities and threatened to hit the kid that hit ‘his daughter’ he exited the bus. When the man tried to re-board the bus, the driver was quick to shut the door.

He was subsequently arrested and later accepted a plea agreement. By pleading guilty to aggravated battery, his possible sentence was capped at three years.

The judge said, “A sentence of probation would deprecate the seriousness of the defendant’s conduct.”

The judge said a sentence of probation would deprecate the seriousness of the defendant’s conduct and sentenced him to 30 months in prison.

What are your thoughts about this case? Join the conversation on the website. We talk about the sensitive subject of crimes occurring at or connected to schools.

Is your child being bullied?  Here are some great resources for parents: StopBullying.gov and Bullying Guide from DrugRehab.com

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

Thanks for reading!

-Robin

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Source: Herald & Review, Illinois Corrections Department

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2 thoughts on “Bullied To Tears

    • Robin Lyons

      He did. I agree. Parents need to intervene on behalf of the kiddos, but in the right way. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Mark!

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