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Big Bad Bully Injustice: Don't Punish the Victim

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

BulliesWhat if your child was bullied and then received a punishment for trying to prove it. Child bullies have been around for as long as there have been people.  Bigger kids picking on smaller kids or different looking kids because they either have issue of their own or just poor parenting.  Whatever the cause, it remains to be a problem in our schools today.  While not a subject directly related to the bail bond industry, we thought it was important to point out the issue because our guess is that those that are bullies as children grow into bullies as adults.  Not to say that everyone who is looking for the services of a bail bondsman is a bully, but we are just saying that adult bullies probably get into more trouble than others.

Anyway, back to the point of this bail bond blog post.  What if you found out that your child was the victim of bullying?  What would you do?  How would you handle the situation?  How would your child handle it?  Well, one 15 year old student with ADHD and an anxiety disorder handled it in a way that most people would probably agree is a pretty mature and appropriate way to handle it.  After a failed attempt by his mother to bring attention to the problem to the principal of the school, the child decided to take things into his own hands.  He used his iPad to record an actual bullying incident.  In other words he went out and got proof.  According to authorities, the video is pretty telling and shows the bigger kids threatening to “pants” the boy.

This is where the story goes very wrong.  Now that the boy had proof, he showed authorities.  And what do you think they did.  They punished the boy for illegally filming the bullies bullying him.  Are you kidding me?  What is wrong with this picture?  The worst part is that the courts agreed and found the young boy (who remember is the victim here) guilty of illegal “wiretapping” and fined him $25 and put a permanent mark on his record.

What do you think?  Is this fair?  Should it have been handled differently? Share your thoughts below.

Read the original article: Pennsylvania Teen Convicted Of A Crime For Recording Bullies At School

Posted by: Eric Granof

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