Double Trouble

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Robin Lyons, author, websiteBLOG POST #227: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving two high school students, both 18-years-old.

Someone notified the high school about alarming posts on social media. The boys had posted photographs of them with guns and one with them wearing their ‘murderous coveralls.’ They wanted to re-enact the Columbine Massacre at their school.

The school reported the concerning posts to the local authorities who took the threats seriously and investigated. Officers arrested both boys after a thorough search of the teens’ homes. Read More

Locker Room Assault

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Robin Lyons Fiction AuthorBLOG POST #212: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving two high school football players.

The Bet

Two football teammates made a harmless small bet on a basketball game. The boys were also friends. The one who’d lost the bet promised to pay his friend as soon as he had money.

A few weeks later, after football practice, in the locker room, one boy pushed the other and asked about the money. When the boy who’d been pushed asked his friend to stop pushing him, the friend replied with, “What are you going to do about it?”

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No Weapons Allowed At School

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Robin Lyons BlogSadly, 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.

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Bullying And School Violence

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Robin Lyons BlogDaily, school staff must deal with bullying, harassment, and discipline issues. These behavior-based problems make schools unsafe. Too often, the behavior problems push kids to retaliate with violence and self-destruction.

BLOG POST #206: This week, I’m sharing research on ways to make schools safer that don’t include changing gun laws.

It’s time to stop studying school violence and start doing something about eliminating it. I’m not arguing for or against gun rights. I’m pointing out that asking for gun law reform to reduce school violence isn’t working.

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BULLY-VICTIM SNAPS

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Robin Lyons BlogOctober is Bullying Awareness Month. As with most causes, every month should be Bully Awareness Month. Reported on www.stopbullying.gov, in 2017, 20% of students ages 12-18 experienced bullying.

Bullying is rampant. Consider this—if your child hasn’t been bullied, they may be a bully, participating in bullying, or be a silent witness.

BLOG POST #205: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving a high school senior.

In middle school, he had long hair. It was about the same time when the bullying began. Kids threw stuff at him and called him derogatory names. He cut classes to avoid the bullies. Three times, his mother requested a transfer and was denied all three times. He attempted suicide.

SNAPPED

The bullying continued through high school until one day in history class, he snapped.

On that day, the bully-victim said, because he feared for his safety, he brought a switchblade to school. An argument turned to violence thirty minutes into history class. One boy punched the bully-victim several times. He felt alone and believed nobody would help him.  He stabbed two boys, one 15 and the other 16. The 15-year-old died from his injuries.

REACTIVE SOLUTION

Why do schools make improvements or update emergency procedures after a tragic event?

The school administration vowed to have random bag checks performed and screen students for metals with hand-held wands beginning the next day when classes resumed.

The Chief of Detectives said, “No question, the weapon would have been picked up by a metal detector.”

Hours after the stabbing, local police installed metal detection equipment at the school.

THE TRIAL

There was never a doubt as to who had stabbed the two boys. The bully-victim waited in the principal’s office for the police to arrive.

Almost two years after the stabbing, the bully-victim was found guilty of first-degree manslaughter, first-degree assault, and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

At the trial, the District Attorney said, “The incident has forever traumatized the young students and school faculty who watched in horror the violence that unfolded that morning.”

A Supreme Court Judge sentenced the bully-victim to 14 years in prison for the manslaughter verdict and eight years for the assault verdict—sentences to run concurrently. After his release, he’ll be on probation for five years.

Worth mentioning: Both the murder victim’s family and the bully-victim’s family filed civil lawsuits against the school system. Both families felt the school did little to stop bullying.

Also worth mentioning: At the end of the school year, in which the stabbing occurred, the school closed its doors for good. During that troubling year, the school struggled with low performance, and they released the principal.

Here are some great bullying resources for parents: StopBullying.gov and Bullying Guide from DrugRehab.com.

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Thanks for reading!

-Robin

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Source: Bronx County District Attorney, ABC7NY, AMNewYork, WNYC