Three Middle Schoolers Charged With Felony Assault Face Five Years In Juvie After Posting Bullying Video To YouTubeSeptember 15, 2010 at 12:59 pm by Morbid
Crescent, Oklahoma — The kid to the left is Jacob Jones. He’s a 12-year-old suffering from a few characteristics that make him classic bully-bait. He’s fat, he’s autistic and instead of hipster shirts, his mom dresses him up like a Nintendo billboard. Back in August, Jacob was assaulted by two boys at Crescent Middle School during recess while a third boy filmed it. The video was posted to Youtube where Jacob’s mother eventually found it and notified police. The video shows Jacob walking towards the three boys when one of them makes a half-assed attempt to kick him. A second boy is then shown kicking Jacob in the gut, knocking him to the ground. These boys, one 12-year-old and two 13-year-olds, have now been charged with felony assault and are facing up to five years in juvenile prison. They have also been suspended from school. Some feel the charges, and possible punishment, are justified but other’s feel that this incident has been blown out of proportion, the boys being made an example of in this anti-bullying climate. Check out the video at this link (it’s longer than the video contained after the break) and decide for yourself.
Does what you see there constitute juvenile prison? I’m all for doing what needs to be done to curtail bullying. Encouraging kids to speak out about it, making sure adults are on the lookout for it, and the enforcement of punishments when it is discovered. But I know I may be in the minority here, but felony assault charges? Really? Also keep in mind that there has been no official statement from the accused aside from some people stating that Jacob is the bully, and that these three kids were merely dishing out some payback.
I have no idea if these kids have been trouble before, or if they are known to have continually pick on Jacob or not as that has not been reported. If that is the case, then I agree a harsh punishment should be delivered — although I still feel that any time in any juvie facility will just do more harm than it will do any good.
But if it turns out these kids have not been troublemakers, and have not been known to pick on Jacob and that in fact, Jacob is known to bully other kids, then what? I would hope it would open up some interesting articles on knee-jerking and , as we see here a lot, the way some have their torches lit and pitchforks sharpened before the full story is known. The word “autistic” does not always equal “innocent victim” in regards to bullying anymore than the word “white” does in regards to interracial assaults. I hope the parents of the boy do some talking to the press soon, although if they’re smart, they will continue to keep their mouths shut.Tags: assault and battery, Bullying, Oklahoma, student, YouTube