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  •  The mom may want to consider (8+ / 0-)

    getting the media involved, if she's gotten no help from the police.

    Other parents should certainly be made aware of the fact that the assaulter is still in school, and may want to demand protection for their own children.

    "Integrity is the lifeblood of democracy. Deceit is a poison in its veins." Senator Ted Kennedy

    by Ekaterin on Wed Dec 23, 2009 at 12:20:25 AM PST

    •  Yes, that's what I've advised her, but (6+ / 0-)

      first to start with people higher up the chain than the principal, as it may be that this can be resolved quickly when smarter heads are informed.

    •  so it's a 1 strike (0+ / 0-)

      and you're out for this kid...

      if the family goes the media the kid and the family may never recover, they will have to move and start all over in a new district where they will have to pray no one finds the media reports...

      and what kind of protection do you think the school should provide? should the kid be in a straight jacket while at school?

      •  Sure, but what about the kid who was assaulted (7+ / 0-)

        and is still suffering physical and perhaps emotional after-effects?  Besides whatever's causing the headaches, he could develop anxiety or even PTSD from the attack... and now he has to attend classes with his attacker?  After what happened, he and his parents would be justified in taking out a restraining order.

        I am not insensible to the disturbance punitive action could have in the attacker's life.  I think he should be evaluated and treated for any emotional or psychiatric problems; I wouldn't be surprised if his own home life were violent.  He clearly needs help of some kind, and I hope he gets it.  I'm not sure that going to the media is in either child's interest.

        But the fact that we know for sure is that child A assaulted child B seriously enough that he could have killed him.  Child B's real physical safety has to take precedence over concerns for child A's family's reputation.  And maybe child A should have to change schools -- because child B certainly shouldn't have to.

      •  How about proper supervision? (1+ / 0-)
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        Choking someone until they pass out is not a "I just looked away for a second" event.

        And yes, schools that do not provide proper supervision should expect to get sued when something like this happens.

        When did Fox News become a parody of The Colbert Report?

        by Endangered Alaskan Dem on Wed Dec 23, 2009 at 03:15:37 AM PST

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      •  The media would not publish the attacker's (5+ / 0-)

        name due to his age.  Ths school and the incident would be public knowledge for the parents in the district, though.

        Plutocracy is rule by the wealthy, or power provided by wealth. Are we there yet?

        by bkamr on Wed Dec 23, 2009 at 03:38:14 AM PST

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