Do you think kids should be arrested for bullying?
There was an article someone linked on FB this morning about a 12 year old girl in Stamford, CT, who was arrested for bullying. The girl apparently was taunting, harassing and bullying another student and the school tried to intervene but still, the bullying did not stop. I don’t think the article detailed the actions that the bully did in this case.
The article discusses briefly a student in Greenwich CT who committed suicide on the first day of school because of bullying.
In the comments, some people said that they feel arrest is warranted because schools are unable to stop bullies and because of red tape at the school level, or school rules, punishments from the school may be ineffective in dealing with it. Others said that arresting students is inappropriate and that there should be other ways of handling situations such as this.
Maybe once the law gets involved, they could mandate the girl to treatment or to a residential placement (in the old days, also known as boarding school) and/or treatment for the parents (aka therapy and parenting classes).
What do you think? Here’s the article in case you want to look at it: