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These bullies should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. This 14 year old suffered humiliation that he will carry with him for life. I have to tolerance for bullies. My son has been bullied and the bully was caught in the act so I know what kids can go through at the hands of these bullies. The thing is, these bullies must be cowards that have a lack of self esteem or possibly suffer from a tiny penis. Below is the article I read regarding this incident.
Boy, 14, Allegedly Tattooed Against His Will By Bullies
by Tom Henderson May 24th 2010 6:30PM
A 14-year-old boy in Concord, N.H., claims he was bullied into getting a tattoo on his buttocks May 10.
His father tells the local paper, the New Hampshire Union Leader, that bullies at Concord High School threatened to beat the boy if he didn’t submit to the tattoo.
According to the father, the boy has attention deficit disorder and has been habitually bullied by older students.
The bullies allegedly told him they would quit harassing him if he got a tattoo showing the outline of a male sex organ and offensive terms. If he refused to get the tattoo, the father tells the paper, they vowed to “kick the crap out of him.”
The father and mother reportedly learned what happened two days later after a teacher overheard students talking about the incident in the hall. Cell phone images of the tattoo have also been circulating, the father tells the Union Leader.
“Honestly, when I heard this on the phone, I was so distraught, I left work immediately,” the father tells the paper.
The parents took the boy to a doctor to be checked out, and while he is physically fine, it will cost thousands of dollars to remove the tattoo.
Teachers reportedly want to pay for the laser treatments, but the dad has other ideas.
“I think the kids should pay for the laser removal,” he tells the paper.
Charged in the incident are Blake VanNest, Donald “D.J.” Wyman, Ryan Fisk and Travis Johnston. None of the suspects are juveniles. Police tell the Union Leader a 15-year-old juvenile — who allegedly bought the tattoo gun for $30 as a souvenir — also will be charged.
VanNest was charged with two counts of simple assault, endangering the welfare of a minor, tattooing without a license, indecent exposure, criminal threatening and breach of bail.
Fisk was charged with two counts of simple assault, endangering the welfare of a minor, tattooing without a license, sale of a controlled drug, criminal threatening and breach of bail.
Wyman was charged with conspiracy to commit criminal liability for the conduct of another and conspiracy to endanger the welfare of a minor.
Johnson was charged with conspiracy to endanger the welfare of a minor.
Fisk allegedly did the actual tattooing. When he was done, he and the others reportedly took the boy outside Johnston’s home where a group of students waited to look and laugh while the victim was forced to drop his pants. Fisk allegedly gave the victim a bag of marijuana as payment for the humiliation.
According to court documents, VanNest told police the tattoo was his idea and admitted that he preyed on the younger, unpopular and frequently picked-on boy.
Tragically, this incident could likely have been avoided, Dr. Michele Borba, an educational psychologist who has written 23 books on parenting, tells ParentDish.
Borba keeps a picture of an 11-year-old boy who was bullied to death in her pocket as a reminder of what can happen when bullying goes unchecked.
Adults need to spot the warning signs of bullying, she says. The problem almost always starts gradually and escalates.
“That’s the cold-blooded viciousness of it,” she says.
Notice the alleged bullies in this case threatened to “stop” if the victim got the tattoo, Borba says. That means he had been tormented for some time. And kids knew it: That’s why they were talking about it in the halls. That’s why there was an audience waiting for him to drop his pants.
“Kids always talk,” Borba says. “There’s always a grapevine that gets through.”
She suggests schools offer anonymous tip boxes to be alerted to bullies. The trick is to make a general comment box, she adds, so kids won’t be afraid to be seen dropping in notes.
Researchers at the University of Toronto did a study on bullying to find out who are the most likely targets and found bullies will pick on just about any mental or physical difference they can find.
Parents should try to pinpoint such vulnerabilities first, Borba says.
“What parents need to do is get in the shoes of the kid,” she says.
That way, she adds, parents and children can rehearse responses and comebacks that diffuse bullies rather than giving them the emotional reactions they crave.
“We need to teach kids these comebacks also as a life skill,” Borba says.
Kids also need to learn to stay safe by avoiding isolated bathrooms, locker areas and other places where bullies can do their business away from watchful adults, Borba says. For example, she adds, kids can sit to the school bus driver’s immediate right — the most defensible position on the bus.
Borba also says kids need safe havens at school where they can turn in times of trouble. This could be the school nurse or their beloved band director. They must have someone and someplace to go to when parents aren’t available, she says.
“Someone needs to be the listener,” Borba says. “Our kids need someone to be their hero or savior.”
The tattoo victim’s father tells the Union Leader his son was handling the incident well until it became public.
“He’s overwhelmed with it,” he says.
The parents of his son’s girlfriend reportedly called to say they don’t want the boy contacting her anymore.
“I respect her parents’ wishes, but it wasn’t his fault,” the father says. “He’s lost his first love over this.”
Related: When Your Child Is the Bully
“The Perfect Game” movie trailer
Looks to be an awesome movie. There is nothing like little league baseball where the kids play with such emotion that many major league players have lost.
What is the world coming to when a boy almost gets suspended for playing with a tiny toy gun and lego policeman during a school break. People have no common sense anymore and the school systems are the worst. I can understand actual functioning weapons but a tiny plastic gun. Must be a power hungry principal.
Kid Almost Suspended for Bringing Tiny Toy Gun to School
by Brett Singer Feb 5th 2010 9:00AM
Patrick Timoney, 9, holds the small plastic gun that almost got the fourth grader suspended. Credit: Nicholas Fevelo, New York Daily News
School safety is important, but some are saying an elementary school principal overreacted when she saw one of her students playing with a tiny toy gun in the cafeteria.
Mom Laura Timoney went ballistic when she received a call from her son’s school. Staten Island fourth-grader Patrick Timoney was in tears, the mad mama told the New York Daily News, because he was being threatened with a suspension by P.S. 52 principal Evelyn Matroianni.
His crime? Possession of a 2-inch toy gun, which Patrick had placed in the hand of a Lego police officer during a lunchtime toy break.
Patrick’s father, a retired police officer who shares his little boy’s name, tells the Daily News that he has “no problem with the rules” but doesn’t see why the tiny gun caused such a big problem.
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“The toy gun is not the issue,” Laura Timoney tells the Daily News. “A lack of common sense is the issue.” Timoney adds that she wants an apology and might sue the school.
New York City Department of Education spokesperson Margie Feinberg tells the Staten Island Advance that “Toy guns are not allowed in schools,” and that NYC schools have a no-tolerance policy in place for fake firearms. Even little ones.
After a meeting was held between parents and school officials, it was decided that Patrick would not be suspended over the wee weapon.
When it comes to punishments, size really does matter.
Related: Trouble in Toyland
I read this blog/opinion from sphere on aol. I wanted to share it. This is something that has to have stiff penalties for and school buses should be equipped with video cameras to identify those that refuse to stop for stopped school buses.
Finding Meaning — and a Cause — in Our Son’s Death
Special to Sphere
(Jan. 22) — On a cold Friday afternoon, Dec. 11, 2009, my life was forever changed.
The day started like any other, as we got our family up and each of our children to school. The afternoon rolled around, and I waited, as I did every school day, for my precious 5-year-old son, Nathaniel Glenn Key, to hop off the bus and come happily home.
Courtesy of Lori Key
Nathan Key was killed as he was getting off his school bus by a driver who decided to pass the stopped bus.
But that day, a driver decided to recklessly pass and ignore the school bus’ flashing red lights and stop sign and drive around it.
He hit and killed Nathan, just a few feet from our house, just days before Christmas.
The pain my husband and I have experienced is unbelievable and seemingly unendurable. Our memories of him are too few. I would give anything just to have him back in my life, if only for a moment.
But we have endured, barely.
In the natural course of events, life develops a cycle of normalcy. As part of life’s cycle, belabored justifications of death are occasionally used for comfort when we lose our elderly friends or family, but such subtle consolation does not easily extend to the death of a child. The old expect to die and leave their children behind, and we were no different.
For us, the world has become a much darker place, with dimly lit mornings that seem less smiling. In our small community, aching emptiness abounds, and sympathetic hearts blindly search for an answer to perhaps the most difficult of life’s questions.
It has now become the goal of my family — our obsession — to make sure this type of accident never happens again. No other family should have to suffer from what we have experienced.
And though I’m painfully aware that no law can prevent each and every accident, I am dedicated to making sure that something positive comes from Nathan’s death.
What we have learned since has been deeply troubling. Every school day, thousands upon thousands of cars drive around stopped school buses. In Virginia alone it happens about 600,000 times a year, according to one study. A New York study found that 50,000 times a day drivers didn’t stop for a school bus that was letting children on or off.
As a result, 18 children — most of them under age 8 — were killed last school year while getting on or off a school bus, according to a national survey by the Kansas State Department of Education.
One of the big problems is that in many states the penalty for failing to stop for a school bus is weak and enforcement is lax. In my home state of Mississippi, a violator faces only a small fine — in the rare event that he or she is caught red-handed.
Nathan Key memorial
Courtesy of Lori Key
This makeshift memorial to Nathan stands on the side of the road where he was killed.
This madness has to stop.
My husband and I have been working with Mississippi Sen. Chris McDaniel to develop a comprehensive school bus safety act — called “Nathan’s Law.”
This law would, among other things, raise the fine for a first offense to $500 for passing a stopped school bus, in addition to license suspension for a period of 30 days and discretionary imprisonment for up to 48 hours.
For any subsequent violation, the fine would climb to $800, plus a 90-day license suspension and the possibility of one year in prison. A driver who injured a child while passing a stopped bus could face up to five years in jail.
The law would also encourage a statewide marketing campaign to educate our citizens concerning the new law and the importance of school bus safety. More important, it would authorize school districts to mount cameras on their stop arms to help catch lawbreakers.
This law isn’t just needed in my home state. Tougher penalties and better enforcement are needed around the country.
For the sake and safety of other children, we must take action to help prevent this type of event from ever happening again.
It’s my prayer that something positive will come from such a senseless tragedy. I hope that Nathan’s life and death will serve to inspire safety reforms all across our country.
Perhaps then we will be able to see God’s purpose, even in our heartbreak.
Lori Key lives in Laurel, Miss.
I would have been ecstatic to have received this truck when I was 16. I bought my own car when I was 19 years old with my own money. My parents never bought me a car.
That is the trouble with kids today, they have everything handed to them, they have no respect for anything or anyone and expect everything and think they are owed it all.
I think this little punk should go out and get a job and buy his own car. He obviously has no respect for his family or what people think of him. What a spoiled little ass.
Here is another video of the same spoiled ass little punk at an earlier time when his brother was messing with him when they were playing an online game. I would’ve canceled his account, too. What a spoiled ass bitch.