A new level of cruelty has risen in the cyber-bullying world; actual physical harm. Didn’t anyone see this one coming? Probably not, because the average age for bullying begins around the 9th to the 12th grade. Definitely, a time of adolescence and conversely innocence, or so we thought. And just FYI, Idaho has the highest rate of cyber-bullying. Why? Who knows, but Florida has the least cyber-bullying. Now that makes sense – Florida is for retirees.
Let’s continue. Of course, cyber-bullying has caused suicides among young people. Cyber-bullying entails harmful comments, rumors, mean name calling, threats of bodily injury and threats transmitted by cell phone texts. Now it entails staged-attacks caught on camera and posted to the various internet sites just for notoriety, and a law is being enacted to counter this new phase of cyber-bullying. Will that be enough?
The father of the seriously injured boy, who suffers a fractured skull, a 15-millimeter blood clot on his brain and a concussion, and ruptured eardrum, has authored this new bill called Jordan’s Law, to which Gov. Brown endorses; it just passed the Assembly in Sacramento. The new felony charge will be entered into our law, and it would give these persons a year extra of time on their sentence for the staging and filming of these attacks. Great! But they are juveniles and here’s the rub.
Ed Peisner, Father of son Jordan
According to www.healthchildren.org, “Most boys and girls enter adolescence still perceiving the world around them in concrete terms: Things are either right or wrong, awesome or awful. They rarely set their sights beyond the present, which explains younger teens’ inability to consider the long-term consequences of their actions.” This is alarming!
In addition, since most of these cyber-bullies are juveniles, they will be tried in juvenile court. Already, one of the perpetrators of this attack has been cleared in juvenile court of wrong-doing. Makes one’s head swim. A year extra added to a sentence of a juvenile?
What’s the cure? Maybe the parents must be held responsible financially. What’s going to happen when tragically a young person is killed? Can we see that coming?
By Sharla Esparza