The Boy Who Didn’t Fit In

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Robin Lyons, author websiteBLOG POST #224: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving the death of 17-year-old special needs, high school student.

Like many children his age, the high school junior worked after school at a local franchised, fast-food restaurant.

Nothing justifies harassment or bullying. This teen endured both at school and at his job. After the boy took his own life, the coroner called for a special inquest to determine if the constant ridicule played a role in his death. Read More

BULLY-VICTIM SNAPS

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

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.

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.

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Thanks for reading!

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

Small School – Big Crime

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Robin Lyons BlogBLOG POST #199: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving a high school freshman.

A few years ago, in a small, high desert town, before leaving for school that morning, a 14-year-old freshman packed into her backpack, a 9mm semi-automatic handgun with 18 rounds of ammunition. The high school had been in session for a couple of weeks.

Her family had lived in the town for six months. At the time of the incident, the small high school had an enrollment of 290 students.

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The Boy Who Gave Up

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Robin Lyons' BlogBLOG POST #195: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific case involving a 13-year-old boy who’d been relentlessly bullied.

Summer is the perfect time to have conversations with your children or grandchildren about bullying. Kids need to understand what to do and what not to do if they are a victim of bullying.

Bullies

It doesn’t take much to hurt a child’s feelings and breakdown their self-esteem. Bullies know this all too well. As a grandmother, when I learn of my grandchildren being bullied, it’s hard not to charge into the school and demand action. Unfortunately, it’s a delicate situation—it shouldn’t be delicate—but politics come into play.

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Cyberbully

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Robin Lyons BlogOctober is Bullying Prevention Month (as well as many other important causes). I’m going to start the month with a case that prompted a change to state law.

BLOG POST #163: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving a 16-year-old who ended his life because of cyberbullying.

All American Boy

He was a high school sophomore and an Eagle Scout. In the four months before his death, he went from a happy kid who liked to bug his brothers to a teen pushed to suicide.

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