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BULLYING: Incident was clearly an assault

Letter by Suzi Loya, Gig Harbor on Aug. 31, 2012 at 11:26 am with 3 Comments »
August 31, 2012 1:20 pm

Re: “Peninsula teacher, district failed a bullied boy” (editorial, 8-31).

Your editorial surmised that a jury might disagree with the way the Peninsula School District handled the “horseplay” incident at Kopachuck Middle School.

Last month, as a Pierce County Superior Court juror, I helped convict a defendant of fourth-degree assault for which he was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment.

Clearly, the young middle-school student, dragged around the classroom and held down with a pillow over his face, is a victim of assault, not “bullying.”

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  1. cclngthr says:

    That, Suzi, is an issue that needs to be known; often ignored by school officials. Assaults on students (and also teachers) can be a problem, but even in the criminal justice system, they are not held criminally liable because the system waters down the consequence enough so it doesn’t “make” the suspect change their behavior. That is the effect of due process.

  2. spotted1 says:

    Just because the “public” thinks it assault, does not make it so. That is a legal charge determined by the courts, not the court of public opinion.

  3. igotdabombfool says:

    Agree with spotted.

    cclngthr –

    This actually doesn’t meet any requirements to be considered assault in the state of washington. This is not a problem with the criminal justice system, but a problem with the teacher and with the school.

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