SuperBullies: 5 Teens Set 15-Year-Old Boy On Fire

Ultimate Bullies: 5 Teens Set 15-Year-Old Boy On Fire & More

I’m not sure what’s going on these days, but I’m so tired of hearing horrific stories of teen-on-teen violence. As a single mother of a teenaged boy, my heart goes out to this boy and his mother:

Allegedly five teens, ages 13-15, set 15-year-0ld Michael Brewer on fire after dowsing him with rubbing alcohol.

According to the report, the victim owed one of the suspects $40 dollars, when he didn’t pay, one of the boys attempted to steal a bike from Brewer. The victim’s mother called the police and had the boy arrested and believes that her son’s attack was retaliation for that.

The teens have been arrested in connection with the crime.

Watch the video:

If you remember, just a few weeks ago, on September 27, straight-A student Darion Albert was beaten to death in Chicago by four other teens:

And it’s not just teenagers, either.

When my son was in the third grade, a fifth grader threatened him by saying, “I’m going to get my mom’s gun out of her closet and kill you.”

When I reported the incident to the principal, her reply was that it “was an idle threat from a fifth grader.” Say what?

Not long after that Columbine happened, I changed my son’s school, where I had no other issues.

Remember the 11-year-old Atlanta boy, Jaheem Herrera, who committed suicide by hanging himself because he could no longer take the bullying.  In that case, the school had been notified several times, according to Herrera’s mother, and did little to prevent it from happening further:

This sickens me as a mother and person. How is that we can allow children to be bullied to the point where they take their own lives, they are murdered or they maimed for life? How can we protect our children from these superbullies?

I think, as parents, especially single parents (because there’s only one of us responsible for their care most of the time), that we need to:

(1) Have open lines of communications with our children. We need to tell them that violence is not okay, whether they are the victim or the aggressor.

(2) We need to have uncomfortable conversations and use stories like this whether in movies, television, and books as tools for teaching that violence is unacceptable – because those same movies, books and televisions are saying loud and clear that violence is okay. But it’s our jobs as mothers to make sure our voice is louder and that violence is not okay!

(3) If your child is being harassed, don’t brush it off. Talk to your child, your child’s school and the other child’s parents, if possible. The parents of the bully may or may not know that their child is a bully.

(4) If your child is the bully, get your child help. There’s an underlying reason why he/she feels the need to exert aggression and/or violence on another person. If you choose to ignore the warning signs, you are just as responsible for your child’s violence as they are and need help, too.

Check out Stop Bullying Now:
http://www.stopbullyingnow.com/interven2.htm

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