Middle-school student: “I’ll kill him if you want me 2”

A group of students in a New York middle school has used Facebook to target a classmate, organizing a “day of bullying” to target the student in question. The Facebook page even attracted one offer to kill the targeted student. A dozen students agreed to join in.

The target’s mother found out about the page and reported the students to the school. The school has suspended several of the students (no other details are available). The school does have a school resource officer who was made aware of the situation. He reported that five students who were invited to participate did decline the “invitation.” According to the school principal, Thomas Adams:

“It’s great that we have a resource officer to help handle these situations,” Adams said. “(Deputy Justin) Birmingham was there to help direct students, teachers and parents in how to handle these kind of situations.”

The school principal claims on behalf of the planners of the “event” that they are “absolutely” remorseful and feel awful about making someone else feel marginalized. I’d say that offering to kill someone goes well beyond making someone feel “marginalized.”

The student targeted attended school on the stated day, aware that something was going on but not privy to the Facebook page itself. According to the principal, the sixth grader had already been a target of bullying at the school.

What do you think? Do you think that in situations like this, the culprits are “genuinely remorseful” and may even change their ways? Or are they just feeling bad because they got caught?

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6 Responses to Middle-school student: “I’ll kill him if you want me 2”

  1. Pia says:

    My guess: They are remorseful they got caught. They are remorseful that their parents and teachers are upset with them. But I doubt they care that they hurt that child, because that requires self-reflection. And how sad that is…

  2. pixiemama says:

    Yeah – you don’t swing from offering to kill someone to instant remorse. That’s either just a prepared statement, or kids whose parents who have threatened to take away their Xbox.

  3. Kassiane says:

    As a formerly bullied kid, I’m cynical.

    They aren’t remotely sorry. They probably weren’t that sincere sounding when talking to TPTB. They said the magic words and TPTB felt relief because if they said “sorrrry”, they didn’t have to, like, actually do anything about the jerks in their school.

  4. Josh says:

    Crocodile tears, plain and simple.

  5. Remorse isn’t a feeling. It’s an action. So far, these kids haven’t done anything except say how bad they feel. Let them do some work to heal what they’ve done, and then I’ll believe how remorseful they are.

  6. ejwillingham says:

    Don’t think it’s genuine, either, and Rachel…good point. As I noted on a personal blog, I’ve really started to focus more on actions rather than words in determining sincerity.

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