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  •  The question is, are they in denial? (4+ / 0-)

    Or did they simply turn a blind eye to something they had full knowledge of? If they knew, and did nothing, there may well be criminal exposure. At the very least, information gathered from the criminal trial will be fodder for what one can only hope will be a civil trial.

    •  Turning a blind eye to your kid being a (1+ / 0-)
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      johnny wurster

      (non-criminal) dick isn't a crime.  Raising obnoxious kids isn't a crime either.  

      •  We aren't privy to what the parents had been told. (2+ / 0-)
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        We know that this was brought to the attention of the school administration, and that they (the school) spoke to the parents; in fact, the bullying stopped for some time after that action by the school.

        So, the question of charges against the parents may come down to what they were told by the school.  If the school flatly told them something like, "this is criminal behavior, and we will press charges if it occurs again," then the parents KNEW that their kids were (arguably) breaking the law, and negligence charges would be (in my opinion) appropriate.

        The word "parent" is supposed to be a VERB, people...

        by wesmorgan1 on Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 06:54:17 PM PDT

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        •  Is there a crime of negligent parenting? (0+ / 0-)

          My point is that the Sheriff appears to be struggling to find something--anything--to charge the parents with.  Since he seems pretty gung ho, the fact that he can't find anything to charge them with is pretty strong evidence that there isn't anything he can charge them with.  And if he can't file a legitimate charge, he should shut up until he can--and not say stupid things like he wants to charge them because they're in denial.

          "Well, I'm sure I'd feel much worse if I weren't under such heavy sedation..."--David St. Hubbins

          by Old Left Good Left on Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 08:06:37 PM PDT

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          •  He's leaning toward contributing (0+ / 0-)

            to the delinquency of a minor.  And on the face of it, that charge would look pretty solid--they knew what their daughters were doing, and yet allowed them unfettered access to Facebook, Twitter, etc.

            As I see it, he's trying to look for some way legally to make an example of both the kids and the parents so the message can go out that this is one jurisdiction where bullying will NOT be tolerated.  If he can't find it, at least he can say that he tried to do all he could to ensure Rebecca didn't die in vain.

          •  Yes - contributing to delinquency. (0+ / 0-)

            If you know that your kid is (arguably) breaking the law and allow it to continue, you are most certainly contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

            The word "parent" is supposed to be a VERB, people...

            by wesmorgan1 on Sat Oct 19, 2013 at 10:14:35 AM PDT

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    •  I probably wouldn't blame Tricia for not wanting (0+ / 0-)

      to sue, though.  I read that she's actually had to move out of Lakeland since Rebecca's death--which tells me she's going to need a long, long time to heal.  Though if she did sue, about the only chance those girls' parents would have would be to keep all parents and grandparents off the jury.

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