Teens Post Video of Themselves Attacking Girl Online
After harassing 15-year-old Patty Fabian on social media sites last year, a group of girls kicked up the attacks a notch, and according to Fabian’s parents, their daughter was “stalked, bullied and beaten” at Garland High School in Texas last Tuesday. And to make matters worse, as the teen was taken to the emergency room with a broken nose, her attackers posted the video below of her beating online.
I’m not sure why this cyberbullying trend has caught on. Aside from being extremely cruel, it’s also extremely stupid to show yourself attacking another person. Garland police issued the attacker a Class C misdemeanor assault citation, which means she’ll have to appear in court, but Fabien’s parents intend on pressing charges and getting restraining against the teens. They’re also disappointed in the school’s response. School spokseman Chris Moore told Fox:
I’m sure they are frustrated. And I understand their frustrations. I have a child of my own. But I would also like them to know that we have done everything we can do as far as looking into the situation with what has been presented to us at this time, and the punishment fits what took place there at the school.
With responses like that it’s no wonder kids don’t take the consequences of cyberbullying seriously. What do you think it will take to stop this terrible trend? What should this culprit’s punishment be?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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