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  •  Enforcing the statute against contributing (4+ / 0-)

    to the delinquency of a minor is not bending the criminal code into a pretzel.

    Consider this analogy: Your child strings a trip wire across the sidewalk, injuring an innocent pedestrian. After this comes to light, you buy the kid more wire and stakes. You don't think you should be held criminally responsible?

    Reportedly, the parents of the girls involved were made aware of their little darlings' activities. Did they continue to pay for their smart phone/laptop access to the net - the very tool employed to bully Rebecca?

    This site's stated mission is absurdly contradictory. You don't get better Democrats by electing more Democrats. The latter is achieved by lowering the bar, not by raising it.

    by WisePiper on Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 06:06:11 PM PDT

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    •  But tripping someone with a string is a crime, (3+ / 0-)
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      johnny wurster, Whatithink, Avila

      while saying cruel words is not.  

      •  You seem to have quite detailed knowledge... (2+ / 0-)
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        ssgbryan, Avila

        ... as to the exact nature of the bullying/harrassment/threats used by the perpetrators.  If you dont, then how are you so positive the conduct never crossed the line into criminal offense territory.

      •  Actually, in Florida... (6+ / 0-)

        ...it IS a crime.  From a Florida State Attorney's website:

        Stalking is defined in the State of Florida as "willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly following, harassing or cyberstalking" another. Stalking behaviors can consist of many things-actual physical following of a person, continuously calling or texting, e-mailing, leaving notes or sending letters, leaving or sending objects or "gifts"...essentially, a pattern of unwanted behavior with malicious intent. Stalking involves a pattern of behavior that causes substantial emotional distress to a specific person with no legitimate purpose.

        Under Florida law, stalking is a first degree misdemeanor charge. However, a person may be charged with Aggravated Stalking, which is a third degree felony charge, under any of the following circumstances:

        1.   If the offender stalks a minor who is under the age of sixteen (16).
        2.   If the offender makes a "credible threat" of bodily injury or death against the victim as part of the behaviors exhibited, with the intent to cause the victim to reasonably fear for his or her safety.
        3.   If the victim has an injunction for protection or other court-ordered prohibition of conduct by the offender toward the intended person or that person's property, and the offender persists with the pattern of behaviors.

        It would seem that the misdemeanor charge is a nobrainer, and that the aggravated stalking felony charge is arguably appropriate.

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

        by wesmorgan1 on Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 06:47:03 PM PDT

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      •  What I'm saying is this: (2+ / 0-)
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        If those who participated in the bullying that resulted Rebecca's death are found to have violated the law in their state, then, IMV, the parents are indeed criminally culpable for abetting that crime, given their reported knowledge of the activities and their assistance in continuing to supply the means to commit the crime.

        I was wrong. I was certain Obama and Reid would grant major concessions to get the debt ceiling raised. My mistake was relying upon five years of empirical evidence of cave after cave. In this instance, it appears that blind faith was the smart bet.

        by WisePiper on Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 07:02:39 PM PDT

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