- Jun 2019
“Because the bully had no prior record of bullying, and even though there were so many different days and incidents of physical assault, it was treated as a one-time offense, and for a one-time offense you just get a short talk and a call home,”
In order for suspension and expulsion, there must be multiple offense. In this case, there are witnesses and a confession, but that is not enough. Even though there were many different days and incidents of physical assault this is considered a one-time offense? A short talk and a phone call home is the consequences of a death threat and physical assault? Where is the importance of bullying would not be tolerated? Where is the importance of ensuring the victim's safety? This is why this whole system fail to tackle on the issue of bullying. The limit of what the school can do is unjust. How is that resolved? The victim and their family would still feel unsafe, fear, and paranoia.
“I really assumed that because there was a death threat, that it would be taken seriously.” — Amy Simpson, mother
I would assumed that everyone who reads this will feel some sort of way regarding threats and how serious it is. Amy Simpson, a mother of the bullied victim, had also ASSUMED threats to her child would be taken seriously. To read on that it wasn't makes me feel the indignation for Amy. As a mother myself, I would also assumed that serious actions would be taken upon the offender who physically, emotionally, and mentally abused my child. In most cases, parents of victims feel their cases is unresolved and still fear for their child safety. Why in this case was it not taken seriously when all lines are crossed topping it with the threats? Why?
The physical assault and the death threats were two different felonies, but Amy Simpson said the officer told her they were missing one felony that would allow them to press charges.
Threats are made. I think regardless they should have taken the matter more serious.The juvenile detention center and Slate Canyon youth center regulates the three-felony rule in order to press charges on the offense. Why is two different felonies not enough for pressing charges? Does it have to get worse then a physical assault and death threats?
“He was genuinely afraid that the bully was serious and that it could happen,”
Amy Simpson shared that her son is genuinely scared of the threats. A child who has already dealt with physical assault from his bully and now scared for his life. I can't even imagine the emotions the parent are going through seeing and hearing the fear from their child. As a mother, I would feel anger, sadness, fear, and even more eager to find justice for the fraction of what my child endured. As parents, we all have that defensive nature to protect our children.
- be serious
- school limited
- pressing charges
- protect our children
- unfair consequences
- victims parent
- Actions taken
- scared child
- Death Threats
- physical assault