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?