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February 2nd, 2011
01:06 PM ET

7 Teens Arrested for Bullying

Click here to read up on the story about a Philadelphia teen attacked while walking home from school.  The video was posted online of the attack.  We have now heard about adults who saw the attack and did nothing.

We want your input.  Should those adults be prosecuted?  Leave your comments below.


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  1. Admiral Ackbar

    This kind of thing has been going on for years. The big difference is everyone has a camera. These boys are not only a wolf pack but idiots for creating evidence that can be used against them.

    February 2, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  2. Chris Martin

    Yes, Admiral, it has been going on for years, but it's getting worse, physically and mentally. Electronics has added to the problem, especially texting. I would like to have seen you elaborate on your comments. Maybe bullying never hit home for you? You might have a totally different opinion if it did.

    February 2, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
  3. Paul

    Has it occurred to y-all the protesters are using your news to create more and bigger, deadlier demonstrations in Egypt. What better way to get oneself pictured on the video news. Maybe?
    I'm getting tired of seeing the same picture again and again and again.
    After the first day, it's gotten to be "old hat". Why don't you find something else to report? How about some humor, like Capitol Hill?

    February 2, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  4. Paul

    Re: Bullies. Karen Horowitz, you've hit the nail on the head. That's one reason education in the condition it's in. That's why so many good ones have left and will continue to leave. Teachers are not mushrooms or elephants. Elephants eat peanuts. Teachers don't live on them. Mushrooms thrive on manure and darkness. Teachers don't. What else can be more true. However, some administrators have not forgotten what it's like to be in the classroom taking the abuse from the students, parents, and society at large.

    February 2, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  5. Admiral Ackbar

    Its not getting any worse, it is just being brought into the spot light by the media. When I say years, I mean over 30. The only way to solve the problem is to make the parents be parents and be around more often.

    February 2, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  6. jpanushka

    The seven boys should do time. Then see what its like to get bullied in jail.

    February 2, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  7. Chris Martin

    Oh, it's getting much worse Admiral. Get real. Yes, the media has all the bad stuff in the spotlight, and parents need to take control. Iit's not the dad go to work and mom stay home world any more. Many moms have to work, many parents don't care. Today most moms can't afford not to work. But that's no excuse. My sister is a single mother, has worked full time all along, and raised her son herself since he was 5. He just went to college. She did a hell of a job, but it wasn't easy. And no one said it would be. Some parents are blinded and have no clue. Unfortunately, sometimes all it takes is for your kid to get in the wrong crowd. Yes, jpanushka...jail can't be much fun. They'll find out and wish they never bullied.

    February 2, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  8. David

    No, if we start prosecuting adults for doing nothing where will it stop? We're all guilty of doing nothing sometimes. That's was great about this country. Any kid with a dream can grow up to be a congressman or a senator, or a guy who emails his opinions to news programs.

    February 3, 2011 at 11:48 am |
  9. BobG

    The authorities are dealing with this situation for what it is – not schoolyard bullying, but a group assault which should be viewed as criminal. I'm not sure how Pennsylvania state law works, but here in NJ a parent or legal guardian can assume varying degrees of liability in a minor's criminal activity.

    For those readers outside of the Philadelphia area, the fact is Chief Chitwood is an honest-to-goodness bad*ss – not a poseur or tough-talker for the camera. The alleged attackers being hauled away in chains in broad daylight was meant to humiliate, and send a message to other would-be juvenile assailants.

    February 3, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
  10. Norm

    The adults that saw the bullying and did not do anything to stop it are just as liable as the bullies themselves. These bullies should be given harsh punishment, so they learn a lesson. Send them to jail and hard labor, and community service. They should also be on probation for a minimum of five years.

    February 3, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  11. Ana

    Teens like this live in communities and come from families that are NOT going to discipline or be there for them. Clearly, none of their parents prevented this from happening.

    These teen need AT LEAST 6 months of jail and need a record. Its needs to impact them and not be a slap on the wrist.

    Sad stories aside- A LOT of people live hard lives and choose to not commit crimes. The need to be imprisoned.

    Not that the teachers were correct, but they need to know that regardless of whether authorities correct you or not, you need your own moral scruples.

    6 months prison with required community service and job training upon release.

    February 3, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  12. Eileen Levy

    Mandatory tips foreign-language diners

    February 4, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
  13. Carlo

    George W. Bush warns of "Nativist"

    February 4, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  14. Rikki Forrest

    Mandatory tips foreign-language diners

    Yes! This should be every where, being a professional server, work very hard everyday, and have to pay bills just like everyone else, People dont realize servers get taxed on there sales not the amount of tips they recieve, so when foreingn guest tip only 5% or sometimes they leave nothing that hurts us a lot. Plus they are the most demanding people to wait on. So yes we should auto-grat them 20%.

    February 4, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  15. Sylvester

    The adults watching should feel bad ashamed for themselves but should not be prosecuted at all. Maybe fine the enabler parents that think their special little angels couldn't possibly do anything so mean. The same ones that throw fits any time their family named gets "slandered" by the school because their precious little boy beat up some other kid for having an accent or wearing glasses. Aww they were just playing around, right Billy?
    The schools are partly to blame too. Most teachers don't get paid enough to babysit every single problem child so stuff like that slips through the cracks way to often. You can't really blame anyone in particular. Even in this so called enlightened decade the best advice anyone gives these poor kids being bullied is to suck it up for 4 years, since high school isn't the real world. It's pretty sad.

    February 4, 2011 at 4:47 pm |

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