A lot of people think that I think that bullying is ok because I don’t have any sympathy for school shooters who have claimed to have been bullied. Nothing could be further from the truth. As a former bullying victim myself I have the utmost sympathy for those who have suffered through it. I just don’t think it’s an excuse to commit mass murder and honestly unless the parents of bullies and schools start actually giving a damn I don’t see a real solution to it either.

Also it’s no secret that I think teens who commit such heinous crimes as murder should absolutely be tried as adults no question.

Now a devastating tragedy causes an interesting conundrum.

16-year-old Dakota DeRemus was bullied to death. Not suicide, he was beaten by 16-year-old Dustin Howard who Dakota’s family said had been bullying him for years. After an autopsy was performed it was determined that Dakota had a heart problem and the fight led to his death. Howard has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and county prosecutors want to try him as an adult. Personally I think he should be charged with murder and should absolutely be tried as an adult but sometimes my personal feelings and the letter of the law conflict. That’s life.

Then there are the groups who claim that no child ever should be charged as adults. Like I’ve said before I call them Helen Lovejoy’s or the Kids’ Criminal Crowd. They say that no child should ever be charged as an adult but they pick and choose their causes as I’ve demonstrated before. I think this one would be a real tough call for them. Howard is 16 but the KCC usually sides on those who have claimed to have been bullied. What does their collective bleeding heart tell them to do with this one? Or will it be like other cases I’ve pointed out and will just be completely ignored. I guess only time will tell.

My heartfelt prayers condolences go out to the friends and family of Dakota DeRemus.

Special thanks to Morbid .

(Trench Reynolds blogs about school violence and other crimes at TheTrenchcoat Chronicles)

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