WILKES-BARRE, PA – In the comment section of a recent teen suicide we reported on, the subject of suicides being contagious came up. I didn’t know it at the time, but Luzerne County has lost four teenagers to suicide in the last week, all within 30 miles of each other.
If there are any inaccuracies with the following details, I apologize. I had to read about fifteen different articles and a ton of comments just to hash everything out.
On Sept. 18, 13-year-old Joshuah Delos Santos from Nanticoke shot himself. Bullying seems to be involved, although officials say they have not seen any proof of that. But over at the Joshuah Delos Santos Memorial Fund, his cousin reportedly stated otherwise. “The morning of September 18, 2012, my cousin Joshuah Allen Delos Santos decided to end his life because he was being bullied,” she said. Comments on a Facebook tribute page echoed her claims.
On Sept. 21, in Jenkins Township, 16-year-old Matthew Montagna used a hunting rifle to kill himself at his home.…Continue Reading
Santa Ana, CA - A California professor, grief-stricken over the recent suicide of his high school son, was allegedly plotting a rampage at the high school where his son attended, planning to kill teachers and administrators before burning down the building.
Rainer Reinscheid, a professor at the University of California for the last 12 years, has been charged with setting five fires on the campus of University High School, in Mason Park Preserve, and at a school administrator’s home. It was after he was released on bond that investigators found these fires may have been the beginning of a much more sinister plot.
They say that e-mails found on Reinscheid’s cell phone contained a detailed mass murder plot against University High School.
“He is accused of writing a graphic, detailed emails,” Orange County Deputy District Attorney Andrew Katz told MyFoxLA.com, ”In which he laid out plans to purchase guns, murder unnamed students and named administrators, burn the school to the ground, commit acts of sexual assault and kill himself.”
Investigators say the motive may have been revenge against the people he felt responsible for his 14-year-old son’s suicide in March.…Continue Reading
A mother in Kentucky has hired a lawyer and sued the public school system her daughter attends, while also filing a restraining order against the 9-year-old boy accused of bullying her.
Joy Furman’s daughter is a fourth-grader at Foster Traditional Academy who, she claims, has been tormented by a fellow classmate for the last two years. According to Furman, her daughter has suffered harassment, threats, and an incident last year when the boy allegedly karate kicked her daughter in the chest during recess.
The school ended up placing the girl into a different classroom than the boy accused of bullying her, but this year the school put them back together in the same classroom where the bullying has reportedly began again. Because of this, Furman hired attorney Teddy Gordon to sue two teachers, the school’s principal, and the young boy’s parents. She is also seeking a 500-foot protection order against the boy.…Continue Reading
HARDIN, Mo. — Two teenagers are facing sexual assault charges after being accused of sexually assaulting students in a high school locker room.
I’ve been following this story since it first broke in December but the details were too vague so I decided to wait until more details came out. They have, and it’s not pretty.
According to court documents, 17-year-old Jeffrey R. Ellis and 18-year-old Randy E. Estenbaum sexually assaulted separate students in the Hardin-Central High School locker room on separate occasions. These assaults happened while students were changing for P.E. or to play basketball.
In November, one of the accusers told police that Estenbaum pinned him down and forced his legs up in the air and “humped” him while he was naked. In December, Ellis allegedly assaulted two boys with the help of two others. After two other students helped hang two classmates upside down, Ellis allegedly pulled down one boy’s pants and stuck a water bottle in his butthole.
The school conducted its own investigation and all four students who participated in the attacks were expelled from school in January while Ellis and Estenbaum were charged as adults with forcible sodomy.…Continue Reading
Staten Island, NY – I’m sure a lot of you have read about 15-year-old Amanda Cummings by now. For those of you who haven’t, two days after Christmas, she purposely stepped in front of a city bus while carrying a four page suicide note.
She would later die at the hospital from blunt force trauma and skull fractures and her family is blaming bullying for her death. The family claims she was bullied throughout school, even in the days before her decision to end her life. Her uncle has stated he wants justice and will push this as far as he can, in an effort to ensure those who pushed her over the edge are held accountable.
“I’m not going to tolerate this,” he said. “I’m gonna go full force. Kids can’t do this to each other.”
Her mother echoed the same sentiments stating, “This entire tragedy is far, far from over,” she wrote. “I am no where done with this.”
Her sister, Dawn, recently wrote, in part, “I AM BEGGING YOU KIDS, ANYONE WITH ANY CONCRETE PROOF OF BULLYING TOWARD MY SISTER, PLEASE LET ME KNOW.…Continue Reading
WEST PHILADELPHIA, PA - Three 4th grade students at Bryant Elementary School have been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting an 8-year-old classmate.
The victim’s mother says her son was attacked by the three boys in a school bathroom sometime at the end of October. Her son had already had issues with the accused, and had reported their bullying to the school a few weeks before this latest incident.
The 8-year-old is an advanced student and in the same classes as his 10-year-old attackers. On the day of the assault he had asked for permission to use the restroom and was followed by the three other boys who allegedly sexually assaulted him once inside the bathroom.
The school investigated the assault but said that aside from school policy being broken in regards to the students being allowed to go to the bathroom together, they could only find evidence of bullying and suspended the three boys for five days.
But after the Philadelphia Police Special Victims Unit got involved and interviewed everyone involved, the three attackers were charged as juveniles with attempted rape, unlawful restraint and indecent sexual assault.…Continue Reading
CHADBOURN, N.C. — Two days after we reported on a 10-year-old girl in Illinois hanging herself in her bedroom because of bullying, we are now reporting on a 10-year-old girl in North Carolina who hanged herself as well.
The mother of 10-year-old Jasmine McClain found her dead in her bedroom Monday night where she had hanged herself from a metal rack. Chadbourn Police Chief Steven Shaw said it was an obvious suicide and was about to close the case when he started reading posts on Facebook about Jasmine.
“Children started coming forward and making accusations that she was bullied in school,” Shaw said. Immediately, news reports were stating that the little girl had killed herself because of bullying. However, after checking into these comments, police say they have not found any solid evidence that this was the case.
“People are struggling to make it a bullying story,” Shaw said. “We haven’t made it that, yet. What we’ve found is the people who have posted the comments are telling us that this is what a friend said. …Continue Reading
ORLANDO, Fla. – Officials say a woman angry about her daughter being bullied on Facebook, walked into her kid’s middle school and struck a student before instructing her daughter to fight.
The incident happened Tuesday morning at Lockhart Middle School where 30-year-old Leslie Thomas allegedly entered and struck a student near the cafeteria. She then told her daughter to fight the other girl, preventing others from stopping the brawl once it started, even striking another child in the process.
Thomas was arrested on charges of that included child abuse and battery. Her children have been removed from her and placed in the care of relatives. In the video attached to the link above, a reporter asks Thomas if she struck a child but you can’t hear her response because of a really long beep.
This isn’t the first bullying story we have posted where a mother encourages her daughter to fight while also getting in a few licks of their own. Daphne Melin, Chesica White, and Latena Fitzgerald are just a few mothers who, like Thomas, were frustrated over bullying and tried stopping it in the dumbest ways imaginable.…Continue Reading
Illinois – Last Friday, 10-year-old Ashlynn Conner was found dead inside her closet where she had hanged herself with a scarf. Her family says bullying is to blame.
Her mother told reporters that Ashlynn, an honor roll student at Ridgefarm Elementary, had been bullied relentlessly at school and by kids in the neighborhood. Nothing physical, just emotional bullying consisting mostly of name calling.
“Ashlynn’s ugly, look Ashlynn’s ugly. She’s fat. They’d call her a slut,” her mother said.
Last Thursday Ashlynn told her mother she’d been picked on all day at school by three girls and asked if she could be home-schooled. Her mother told her ‘no’ and that she would speak to the principal about it on Monday. The next day, while most kids were enjoying a day off for Veteran’s Day, Ashlynn went inside her hanging in her closet.
Her older sister found her after the family realized they had not seen or heard from Ashlynn since her mother had overheard her talking with a classmate on the phone a half-hour before, detailing the girls at school picking on her and the fact that her mother would not let her be home-schooled.…Continue Reading
BAYTOWN, TX – More bullying related news, this time out of Texas where a father and son are facing charges after the man drove his boy to a bus stop so that he could beat up another kid who had been picking on him.
Police say that Jorge Paredes, 30, drove his 11-year-old son to a bus stop Friday morning so that his son could beat up a 13-year-old boy the family says has been harassing their son for a year. The father allegedly watched the fight and witnesses say he even gave his son instructions to choke the other boy.
Now both Parades and his son are facing felony charges of injury to a child. I hate it for the guy as I’ve been in his situation before, as I’m sure have a lot of you. But come on, use some friggin’ common sense.
I’ve told the story before, about the time I called the school and informed them that I had “unleashed” my boy after repeated attempts at stopping some school bus bullying went unresolved and that he had been instructed to physically defend himself if he felt it necessary.…Continue Reading
PECOS, N.M. – Two teenage boys have been suspended from school and are facing multiple criminal charges after their bullying of an 8-year-old cousin was caught on a school bus surveillance camera.
In the video, the two 14-year-old boys can be seen spitting into the kid’s mouth on two occasions, giving him several wedgies, sitting on his head and pushing him between the seats. The bus driver didn’t initially view any of the bullying, which reportedly lasted 20 minutes, because the victim was too short for him to see and all three involved were sitting at the back of the bus.
The driver reported the incident to the school principal after reviewing the surveillance footage, who then notified police. The victim said he did not report his cousins’ bullying because he thought he would get into trouble. He found out how wrong he was when the two teens were charged with battery, assault, harassment and criminal sexual contact of a minor.
You can watch the some of the video here and to be honest I don’t know what is more disturbing; the bullying that was captured on camera, or reporter Liz McKernan’s shirt.…Continue Reading
UK – Over the years, it has become quite common for the friends and family of somone who has died to create a Facebook page in an attempt to honor or remember them. This is especially true for young people who have died in some fashion.
It has also become quite common over the years, for trolls to visit those pages created by friends and family and leave some pretty vile comments or images for no other reason than to compound someone’s grief for kicks and the lulz.
I’ve always felt it takes a really special type of asshole to take such an easy route in an attempt to troll somebody, and normally they can conduct their activities in relative safety, wrapped in the soft and cozy blanket of anonymity. Well, except for 25-year-old Sean Duffy.
Duffy was prosecuted under the Malicious Communications Act and sentenced to 18 weeks behind bars for mocking the deaths of several teenagers, posting images on their Facebook pages and posting Youtube videos that made fun of them and taunting their families.…Continue Reading
Mom Charged With Encouraging Fight Between 12-Year-Old Girls Before Assaulting Another 12-Year-Old GirlSeptember 15, 2011 at 9:10 am by Morbid
Long Island, NY – Here is my second story today involving a grown woman fighting with a teen girl, and the second one this week involving a woman egging on a fight between her daughter and another girl.
Daphne Melin, a 32-year-old mother of three who takes perfect pictures for news sites to use, was arrested after a video emerged of her egging on a fight between two 12-year-olds before attacking another 12-year-old who tried to stop the fight.
Reportedly, the fight was the result of Melin’s daughter being cyber-bullied on Facebook. She told reporters that after exhausting all her options in attempts to have it stopped, she took matters into her own hands and arranged a fight between her daughter and the alleged bully outside of William Floyd Elementary School.
Some reports say that one of the girls seen in the video is Melin’s daughter while others say it is a girl standing in for her daughter. Another report says that it is Melin’s daughter fighting a girl standing in for the alleged bully — echoing another story we posted this year.…Continue Reading
QUINCY, ILL. – Assault charges will be filed in juvenile court against freshman football players involved in an alleged hazing incident at Flinn Stadium more than two weeks ago.
The incident reportedly involved some freshman football players pinning down a fellow player in a locker room after practice. No other details of the alleged assault have been released, but if you read through all the news article comments, it looks like we have another “teabagging” incident exactly like the one we reported on back in November of last year.
For those of you living under a rock, teabagging is the act of one person placing their genitals on the face of another, or for a visual that more aptly coincides with the name, dunking their balls in another person’s open mouth. It’s not normally done for sexual gratification as much as it’s done for humiliation purposes.
Quincy Police Chief Rob Copley said the incident involved five student athletes who are all the same age and all the same gender. Copley says investigators have identified one of these juveniles as the “primary aggressor”. …Continue Reading
The incident happened Thursday morning during a Freshman assembly at West High School. It is during this assembly witnesses say Marco Solis pulled a knife out of his pocket and cut the throat of 14-year-old Tyquan Green-Tucker who was sitting in front of him.
The victim was able to walk out of the assembly and towards the nurse’s office. The nurse deemed his injury as a critical one and paramedics were called, along with the Columbus police.
Tucker was rushed to rushed to Nationwide Children’s Hospital where he immediately underwent surgery. He is still there today, listed in fair condition.
Solis was caught and charged with one count of felonious assault and one count of possession of a dangerous weapon. No word on what prompted the attack, but Solis’ mother hinted that her son was being bullied.
“He said, ‘Mom, if I go there, they’re going to beat me up and they’re going to do stuff to me, so please don’t take me there.’,” she told reporters.…Continue Reading
LOUISVILLE, KY. – Back in March we posted a story about a school bus driver who was dragged off her bus by a woman and her 12-year-old daughter.
At that time we posted the story, officials had not released the video of the altercation. Now they have.
Police arrested 30-year-old Chesica White and her 12-year-old daughter after they confronted a bus driver, Johnetta Anderson, about White’s 7-year-old son being bullied on the bus and Anderson allegedly doing nothing about it.
The video clearly shows Anderson attempting to keep White and her daughter from entering the vehicle, leading to some pushing and shoving between the three.
White and her daughter are then seen grabbing Anderson by the ankles and dragging her off the bus on to the pavement.
Anderson ended up with a torn ACL in her right knee while White ended up pleading guilty to assault, but says her actions were her just a mixture of being a protective mother and her quick, cat-like reflexes.
“She grabbed my daughter in the chest and she drew her hand back like she was ready to hit my daughter so I snatched my daughter back then she kicked her leg out like she was getting ready to check me in my chest,” said White.…Continue Reading
PEEKSKILL, N.Y. – A couple in New York have gotten themselves into some trouble after they tried resolving a bullying problem by holding down a 10-year-old girl so that their twin 7-year-old daughters could hit her.
Police say Samuel Randolph, 25, and Latena Fitzgerald, 26, came to the Peekskill’s Kiley Youth Center with their girls to confront a girl who they say was bullying their girls and try to put a stop to it.
Going by the news reports and the charges that were filed against the couple, things didn’t go exactly as planned.
“The 10-year-old alleges she was held by the mother of the other girls, and the parents allowed their two daughters to assault her while she was being held,” Peekskill Police Chief Gene Tumolo said.
The girl also says that Randolph hit her in the back with a chair before the facility’s staff were able to break up the fight. Fitzgerald says she never touched the girl and simply told her to leave her kids alone.
She said that she and Randolph, who works at the center, have repeatedly talked to the alleged bully and her mom about the issue to no avail.…Continue Reading
The victim met the boy online a year and a half ago and they have maintained a friendship via Facebook, Youtube and other online social tools. But things started getting too strange for the girl the day a Domino’s pizza was delivered to her parent’s home. After the delivery, the girl received an email from the teen in Australia asking if she had enjoyed the pizza.
When the girl started receiving necklaces and candy through the mail, she decided it was time to end the online communication, starting by blocking the boy on Facebook. This got the Australian teen so upset that he began threatening the girl. “If you thought ultimate love was bad, wait till you see ultimate hate. I’ll ruin your life,” he wrote. “I know exactly where you live.”
The teen also boasted that there was nothing the girl could do about his online harassment. “You can’t stop me.…Continue Reading
Vero Beach, FL — Heather McKenzie, 37, was removed from her child’s elementary school talent show and arrested after putting on quite a show of her own.
This drama began earlier in the week when one of Mckenzie’s daughters had an argument with one of the young talent show participants. When McKenzie, who had a second child in the talent show, arrived at the talent show with the girl, the principal of Dodgertown Elementary School asked her to take the girl off campus. According to the police affidavit, McKenzie protested.
That’s when an Indian River County Sheriff’s deputy approached McKenzie and asked her to step inside the cafeteria. After reportedly initially ignoring him, she then ‘rambled loudly’ about the conflict – describing it as a ‘black and white thing.’ McKenzie finally asked a friend to take her daughter from the school so she could stay and watch her other daughter perform.
This would have been a good time for you to head home yourself, Heather…
McKenzie returned to the talent show and, in front of the more than 100 people in attendance, began yelling, cursing, and hurling racial epithets at one family while also accusing them of being thieves.…Continue Reading
Roswell, NM – Two teens in New Mexico are learning valuable lessons today. A 15-year-old girl is learning that she shouldn’t share naked pictures of herself if she doesn’t want the pictures to find their way online, and her 14-year-old boyfriend is learning how our legal process works after he shared her nude photo online after she refused to have sex with him.
Police say the boy, a freshman at Goddard High School, badgered his girlfriend into sending him a naked picture of herself, which she finally did because teens can be pretty stupid. He then told her that if she did not have sex with him he would post the image on Facebook. Classy. She refused the offer and the boy followed through with his threat, posting the picture on a Facebook page.
Facebook took down the image, but the dumbass wouldn’t leave well enough alone, and posted the image on a second Facebook page. That’s when police got involved and cock-blocked the hell out of him when they arrested his ass and charged him with harassment, intimidation and several other charges.…Continue Reading