Bullied 11-year-old in coma after fight

Bullied 11-year-old in coma after fight

There are 32 comments on the UPI story from Feb 8, 2013, titled Bullied 11-year-old in coma after fight. In it, UPI reports that:

A Pennsylvania student is in a medically induced coma, weeks after a fight at school.

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#22 Feb 9, 2013
Susan wrote:
Children who harm others by bullying should be removed from the care (of lack of) of their parents and placed in State custody, and they should not be returned to their parents. Children learn from the example set by their parents, and children who bully come from homes where bullying is exhibited to each other and to people outside the home. Returning the child to the home is a disservice to the child who will follow the parent example and will perpetuate bullying as an adult. The only way to break the cycle is to remove the child from the environment and provide exposure to nurturing adults who will exhibit non-bullying behavior. Aggressive behaviors exhibited by children result when aggressive adults raise them. Get the children away from those adults.
I agree, but by age 11, these children knew what they were doing.

Also, it's a sad fact that the foster care system isn't likely to provide the criminals with nurturing adults.
twf77

Pinola, MS

#23 Feb 9, 2013
Home School Mom wrote:
18 year ago I decided to home school for the very reasons we now see on the news....children shot, bullied, dumbed down by the system. It's easy to give children a good education at home; my son now in public high school is a stellar student, but got to skip all the harmful attitudes, vulnerabilities pressure of children in primary school. We don’t drive the nicest cars, live in the biggest home or have all the glamour of a 2 income family all those years, but we do have a well-rounded young man for a son, who’s never been afraid to speak his mind or ashamed of himself. He was very heavy when he was young and that would have been devastating at a young age. He’s now 18, fit and a spectacle of good education, sound mind and free from affliction that bullying, bad educators and trauma has claimed in so many of our precious children. Take a minute and ask yourself if all of “this” is worth your children’s future! We all need to rethink where we place our kids just because it’s the easy way and it’s “free”!
This isn't a teacher's fault, it's the parents of these two little thugs. Don't blame teachers. The authorities in this town need to arrest these little criminals. Even if the victim did use racial epitaphs, that is never an excuse to resort to physical violence. This blame lies entirely on the shoulders of those two bullies and their parents.
I'm a teacher in a public school. I've gone through a lot of education to be able to teach. Teachers now not only have to teach children but also be their parents at school. Education isn't in the state it is in because of teachers, but because of the breakdown of society. The things that were priorities before are no longer important. Respect, hard work, responsibility...these qualities just aren't as important anymore. People make excuses and we are raising an entitled generation of children.
Good for you that your child is "fit and a spectacle of good education, sound mind and free from affliction", but guess what? So is MY child and she has always been in public school. Plus she is well-adjusted and is able to interact with peers. That isn't a testament to her past or current teachers, that is because she has parents who care. This country needs to wake up. I am so sick and tired of people bashing teachers.
WOW

New York, NY

#24 Feb 9, 2013
I agree these kids need to be charged, I also think the parents should also be charged as they are most likely fueling the bullying by being bullies themselves. Kids learn from parents behavior and this is showing an example as to how kids react from the way parents act. I know that this is not 100 percent of the time the case but the majority of the time these kids have learned to be this way at home. We cannot blame teachers for how kids act they are limited as to how they can stop children though i think the school needs to expel these children and the authorities really need to step up and arrest them.
I do not care if it was racial or not this went way to far and from the way i am understanding it these kids have been bullying the kid for a long time. Why did the school not stop it? Sadly things like this go on everyday in schools all around the country in my area a couple years ago a kid went to school with a gun intending to kill anyone who was not white. He got no jail time, no probation nothing, expelled for 3 days was his punishment. The schools answer was to send any student who was not white home, so they get punished? Seriously I still find this disturbing, this school has had issues for many many many years and they play favorites. When my children were school age they were in this district and because of this i homeschooled them. They test off the chart on state tests and this school did so poorly on state tests they are no longer allowed to do them. I made the right decision though i realize this is not for everyone. However, we have to figure out what to do to stop violence and bullying around this country. Honestly I do not believe that one answer is the complete answer, but as adults it is time we took back what is ours. That is safety and freedom for all. Most of us adults were spanked when we were young and honestly we have to admit it did not kill us and we learned from it. So many do not spank because they think it is illegal, however, it is not. It is only illegal if you do not spank on the bottom or if you leave marks. I will tell you I only had to spank my children a couple of times but they did get spanked. I have to say i think most parents are scared to discipline their children today but when you become a parent it is your responsibility to teach them to respect others, if you fail at this and they cause harm you should be held libel.
Joanna

Vancouver, WA

#25 Feb 9, 2013
I work at a college and if someone starts any type of fight they are expelled and the cops are notified the instant it occurs. The boys who did this planned the attack and should be punished and charged like adults. Unacceptable. And then the next person questioned should be the parents.
Aleah

Olivehurst, CA

#26 Feb 9, 2013
4 weeks....no arrests. This is criminal!!
Jodi in NH

Rutland, VT

#27 Feb 9, 2013
I am not surprised about bullying being so rampant.
Our media and politicians decry violence and yet they make their living off of it. You can't talk about bullying being a bad thing and then use hate speech when you don't agree with someone else's religious, political, racial, or sexual orientation. It's hypocritical and children learn by example of what we do, not just what we say.
mcb327

Belmar, NJ

#28 Feb 10, 2013
twf77 wrote:
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This isn't a teacher's fault, it's the parents of these two little thugs. Don't blame teachers. The authorities in this town need to arrest these little criminals. Even if the victim did use racial epitaphs, that is never an excuse to resort to physical violence. This blame lies entirely on the shoulders of those two bullies and their parents.
I'm a teacher in a public school. I've gone through a lot of education to be able to teach. Teachers now not only have to teach children but also be their parents at school. Education isn't in the state it is in because of teachers, but because of the breakdown of society. The things that were priorities before are no longer important. Respect, hard work, responsibility...these qualities just aren't as important anymore. People make excuses and we are raising an entitled generation of children.
Good for you that your child is "fit and a spectacle of good education, sound mind and free from affliction", but guess what? So is MY child and she has always been in public school. Plus she is well-adjusted and is able to interact with peers. That isn't a testament to her past or current teachers, that is because she has parents who care. This country needs to wake up. I am so sick and tired of people bashing teachers.
I couldn't agree more,children are a reflection of their parent(S)
I don't envy teachers of today,they are caught between a rock and a hard place as to what they can say to the students in all situations Teachers are EDUCATORS NOT BABYSITTERS,my sister is a highly regarded kindergarten teacher w/her masters in speech therapy from PENN STATE. I believe she has taken her job very serious all the twenty something yrs in education,she is the foundation for a childs future education,however; her hands are tied as far as discipline is concerned because of parents.Wake up america PARENTS need to discipline more.
mcb327

Belmar, NJ

#29 Feb 10, 2013
I would like to add that my prayers go out to this young boy and his family, and friends who are hurting, confused,and perhaps afraid they could be next.
I personally believe today's society has given up on parenting the children they choose to have, and rely far too much on schools to not only educate their child, but discipline them as well.
It is our job as a parent to discipline,each right from wrong,keep your hands to yourself, if not punishment will be served.
I can say this as a single parent of a now 20yr old female,I was the first to say if she's guilty of such and such by all means punish her. I can honestly say I wasn't popular w/my daughter like other parents were with their children,but that's just it they aren't our friends they are OUR children.
delcroft07

Springfield, PA

#30 Feb 10, 2013
It's a shame that this is still happening in this school. My son experienced bulling in 2007 & 2008. They did not do a dam thing about it. My son is no loner student in this district. My prayers are with the family and good luck.
just so u no

Saint Albans, WV

#31 Feb 24, 2013
we have the same thing in wv we even had a 6th grader commit sucuide here lately so sad .
Call Congressionals NOW

Morristown, TN

#32 Mar 4, 2013
Call your congressional elected officials TODAY, as well as Eric Holder's office IMMEDIATELY to have this charged as a crime. This is appalling and too much of a ridiculous story. It appears there is no justice or law and order in this township. Is the DA's office on vacation?

Hire an attorney NOW. Make the school administration and local law enforcement pay dearly for this bullying episode. I would contact all the media across the nation today!!
Ky girl

Springfield, TN

#33 Mar 4, 2013
This isn't bullying.....it is now murder

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