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Girl Assaulted with Urine Filled Balloon to Join Girl Group

Girl Assaulted with Urine Filled Balloon to Join Girl Group

Just last week I wrote about a 10-year-old girl who committed suicide after intense bullying.†

Now this week I came across another disturbing bullying case that came across Judge Allred’s (think Judge Judy) docket.

The case involved three popular girls (Heather Kyle, Piper Simpson, and Jennifer Kramer), a water balloon full of urine, and a fourth girl, Megan Moore, who wanted to befriend the other three.

What happened?

Turns out that in order to hang out with the girls and become part of the group Moore had to go through an initiation process which involved being assaulted with a urine filled balloon and then endure the humiliation of the moment again and again with pictures posted on Facebook.

During the televised court case one of the defendants had the following to say about the incident:†

“This was an initiation. Megan’s hung out with us a few times. We told her all about the club. She knows exactly what it’s all about. She’s just upset that she’s too weak to join the group so she just started spreading these lies about how we bullied her. She knew exactly what she was getting involved in. We just wanted to invite her into the group. We didn’t think it was fair that she was hanging out with us and we were all supporting each other. We all went through the initiation together. We didn’t think it was fair that she didnít get to go through with it.”

News flash: Assaulting another girl with a urine filled balloon so she can be your friend is bullying. Putting the pictures on Facebook to humiliate her is cyber bullying.†

The girls don’t deny that they assaulted Moore with the urine filled balloon, but they don’t think they did anything wrong or bullied her in anyway. She “knew exactly what she was getting involved in” and she was just “too weak” to take it so it’s not their fault. Victim-blaming at its best, or should I say worst?

A few moments after her long speech, the very same girl back tracks and says, “I just want to say that I feel really bad for the plaintiff and I regret what we did.” Hoping for mercy from the judge, I assume.

The judge, however, didnít bite and ruled in the name of the plaintiff. The girls owe Moore $100 for the ruined clothes and purse and $1,000 in punitive damages.

“Punitive damages mean, damages which are there to punish a particular party, to punish them for an act that was intentional, an act that would be shocking to the community, to send a message that this is not the kind of action that should ever be repeated,” said Allred in closing.

I just hope these girls learned their lesson and don’t retaliate against Moore further at school.

What do you think? Did the girls learn their lesson? Is Moore in for further bullying for standing up to her bullies?†

Related from Care2:

10-Year-Old Commits Suicide After Intense Bullying

National Study Reveals Striking Findings on School Sexual Harassment†

Michigan Republicans Allow Bullying if ‘Religiously or Morally Motivated’ (Video)†

Photo credit: Photo by dominiqs†using a Creative Commons license.

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5:45AM PST on Mar 1, 2012

Those girls should be mandated into counselling. I bet their parents paid their fines and they had no consequences.

1:40PM PST on Jan 18, 2012

It does seem that this young lady agreed to the awful things that happend to her, that doesn't make those doing these things innocent. I am left wondering what was wrong with the parents of all of them!

10:18PM PST on Dec 27, 2011

I agree with you timothy m., being a horrible, immature jerk is not the exclusive domain of teenage boys or men, it's equal opportunity in this case which is really sad since being assaulted with urine filled ballons is stupid and a potential health hazard waiting to happen. I don't know what's going on with America's youth, but it's sickening and needs to stop! I can understand wanting to be friends with certain people and wanting acceptance, but friendship should be fun and come without conditions or hazing rituals. I have no doubt that those stupid girls didn't learn a single thing since there are layers of protection around popular kids and rich kids. They are untouchable and grow up with a sense of entitlement and delusion that leads them to believe they don't have to be held accountable for their actions and are beyond reproach. In other words, they grow up to be Republicans.

9:06PM PST on Dec 12, 2011

throw them in jail.. or better yet, leave them in compton or detroit for a bit. let them get some street justice cops and teachers wont do squat

5:27PM PST on Dec 11, 2011

If these bullies are anything like the kind I used to deal with in high school, they're almost certain to retaliate... and it sounds to me from their attitude like they ARE quite a bit like those bullies. If I was Megan's parents, I'd have her signed up for a good self-defense course.

4:20AM PST on Dec 11, 2011

Thanks.

12:15AM PST on Dec 4, 2011

Thanks for the article.

2:39AM PST on Nov 30, 2011

I don't think the girls learned their lesson at all, because for some reason society is intent on blaming victims for crimes such as these rather than blaming those responsible. It's the same thing with the rape culture - the victim is told they were in the wrong for being raped and offering up such an "opportunity". I'm pleased that the judge decided not to let the girls off, but I assume their parents will be paying their penalty for them...?

12:24AM PST on Nov 30, 2011

Gee, I don't know... I don't see this so much as "bullying" as it is "stupidity." These girls, trying to be "cool" and "tough," were looking for some kind of hazing/initiation that was kinda icky but wouldn't actually injure anybody. IF they had each endured the same thing (the urine-filled balloon and FB posting) and IF they told the 4th girl about that and said she'd have to do it too.... and IF she understood the whole thing and said OK, only to decide later that it wasn't so cool after all and she wanted recourse... well, like I said, that just sounds like stupidity all the way around.

In other words: NEWS FLASH: If you agree to be "bullied" in order to join a group of bulliers, then it's really not bullying in my book; it's just darn bad judgement and social neediness. In my humble opinion.

3:35AM PST on Nov 29, 2011

For anyone saying its her own fault for knowing, should shove those words back where they came from. In my opinion these are bullying and peer intimidating tactics, what friend would do something like that? How do you know that these girls were not the ones who approached her? [in bullying they always approach the victim]

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