It seems that these days bullying stories have sadly become pretty common in the news.
This does not mean we should stop writing about them or that they are less important. On the contrary, the only way we are going to be able to successfully address the issue of bullying is by continuing to highlight the reality that kids face these days.
Take for example a girl in Staten Island who was bullied by not 1 or 2 other students, but a crowd of 50-55 teens who showed up at her door step with guns, blades, and knives to start a fight.
The girl has a heart condition and at one point one of the teens taunted her by saying, “We’re gonna punch you in the chest. We’re gonna fix your heart condition.”
Neighbors called 9-1-1 and police arrived shortly but were quickly overrun by the teenage crowd. The police were eventually taken to the hospital afterwards for treatment.
Firefighters also arrived at the scene and blasted the teens with a hose to disperse the crowd. A NYPD helicopter was also on hand to help chase down teens and make several arrests. In the end, nine teens were arrested.
According to the targeted girl, the episode was sparked by a “he said, she said” incident at school over picking sides in a gang dispute.
A crowd of over 50 teens showed up at a young girl’s house with weapons to start a fight, two police officers are in the hospital recovering from injuries caused by the unruly crowd, a fire truck’s water canon was needed to break up the crowd, and a NYPD helicopter was called in to help make arrests. Seems like a pretty big story to me, but still no national coverage – not any that I came across at least.
Why is that? Is it because it was in a dangerous neighborhood? Is it because the incident was sparked by a gang dispute and this type of violence is “expected” or not “shocking?”
Well, I’m shocked and angry. Bullying and gang violence are not issues we can afford to ignore.
What do you think?
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