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Kids These Days:

Facebook bullies should be punished

October 12, 2009|By Steve Smith

“What happened was several levels above bullying,” Karyl Ketchum said.

That it is. It is so outrageous that in the real world there would have been serious consideration, if not a firm decision, to prosecute the boys for a hate crime. Instead, life went on, and one of the boys was even named Athlete of the Year.

I have no doubt that some fellow students look at them as heroes. So what should be done? If the boys have committed a crime, they should be prosecuted. Period. Most of all, where is the shame? Where are the parents of these boys expressing regret for what they did and forcing the boys to publicly say “I’m sorry”?

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This is not a matter of boys being boys or any other spin. It is now a frightening precedent for all parents to note, because it is clear that should their sons or daughters become victims of similar acts, the district will not be around to protect them.


STEVE SMITH is a Costa Mesa resident and a freelance writer. Send story ideas to dailypilot@latimes.com

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