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Robin Lyons BlogBLOG POST #81: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving a new high school student—a freshman. Her family had moved to the United States from Ireland.

You may have heard or read about her story in the news.

Being the new kid at a school can be difficult. Nobody disputes kids can be mean.

She was bullied for the first three months of school. The bullies were relentless.

The new girl began dating a popular boy; this didn’t sit well with the bullies. They verbally abused her, threw things at her, wrote abusive comments on social media, threatened physical abuse, and sent cruel hostile text messages.

It takes a strong, self-confident teenager to weather the storm of mean comments made with no other purpose than to hurt. The 15-year-old victim in this case couldn’t take it, she committed suicide.

Six students were charged with felony and misdemeanor charges as a result of the bullying. The charges ranged from assault and battery to criminal harassment. One 18-year-old boy was charged with rape, although he denied having sex with her.

The conduct of those charged, the district attorney said, “Far exceeded the limits of normal teenage relationship-related quarrels.”

Five students accepted plea agreements and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of criminal harassment.

Three teens were sentenced to probation and 100 hours of community service. Two were sentenced to probation. The rape charge against the 18-year-old was dropped at the request of the victim’s family.

US National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800) 273-TALK (8255)

Worth mentioning: The victim’s family filed a complaint with the state’s Commission against Discrimination alleging the school district failed to protect their daughter from discrimination. The family received a settlement of more than $200,000.

For helpful information on how to address bullying visit the StopBullying.gov website.

Here’s more case research about bullying you may have missed:

The Bullied 16-Year-Old

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. Your relevant comments are always welcome on the Research Blog.

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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