Middle school bully charged with crime, expelled from school district
FOX31 Denver was the first to show you the brutality of bullies at a Denver Public school last month.
Videos posted on YouTube show several girls fighting each other on or near Henry World Middle School at 3005 S. Golden Way.
Now, the Denver District Attorney’s Office has taken criminal action against one of the students.
It charged a 14-year-old girl with third-degree assault. It is the most serious of misdemeanors.
The victim’s mother and other parents at the school say the charge is appropriate.
Instead of learning in a classroom, a 14-year-old girl is brutalized in it by another 14-year-old girl, as dozens of students watch.
“I turned around because I didn’t want to fight her and she grabbed me by my hair,” says the victim, who wants to remain anonymous.
Now, it’s the Denver DA’s office teaching the bully a lesson—charging her with misdemeanor assault.
“It’s not okay to behave that way,” says the victim’s mother.
She says the charge is just—if not a little sad.
“I am not saying it’s a good thing. It’s pretty sad a 14-year-old needs to be involved in the legal system. But maybe it could help her future,” says the mom.
She and other parents say they hope the threat of a criminal record will teach her something she didn’t learn beforehand.
“I think it’s fitting. She committed a crime. It needs to be handled now before she hits adulthood,” says one father, waiting for his daughter outside Henry World Middle School.
“The kids in schools have gotten away with too much. It’s about time they put their foot down, especially with bullying,” says Rosie McDonald, who claims her granddaughter also gets picked on.
She hopes this move by the DA sends a message that will help those battered by bullies.
“It’s affecting them emotionally. It affects their school work. They don’t want to come to school. Why would anyone want to come to school if they are going to get picked on?” she says.
It may be the sort of justice that could turn a school back to a place of learning for bully victims—and not fear.
Denver Public Schools tells us the bully—who we can’t identify because she’s only 14–has also been expelled from the district because of the fight.