Those of us with boys know they love to play violent video games, but when did beating a child up for real become a spectator sport? I hope the answer is never, but apparently to some children in California it was just that recently.
Three days ago I came across a story about a young man in California who was lured to a site where others were waiting to harm him. This is bad enough, but the story gets worse. You can read more about it at sacramento.cbslocal.com. I cannot understand why this mom is not getting more help from the sheriff’s department. I decided to investigate what California laws might apply to this incident. First, I want you to click on criminal.findlaw.com to read a definition of assault. Next I want you to read an explanation of California’s law at stopbully.gov.
You also need to know a new law went into effect in California in January regarding cyberbullying. You can read about it at bullypolice.blogspot.com. Now I am not sure if the incident happened before January or not. However, another important fact is that everyone who opens a Facebook account agrees to their terms of agreement. See numbers one, five, and fourteen at facebook.com/legal/terms. Lastly, the victim has the option of suing those who posted this on Facebook. You can read about this at blogs.findlaw.com.
I would love to know what you think. Is the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department dropping the ball here? What would you do if this happened to your child?