This REALLY saddens me. Local news from Greece, NY is reporting that the four boys will NOT face criminal charges. WHY NOT? This was obviously not their first rodeo with bullying ans the bus monitor says that they have harassed her before. Others from the school have accused the boys of being bullies. My thoughts are: When is the proper time to say enough is enough and show these children that this behavior simply will not be tolerated? Should the system wait until they have left a wake of emotionally abused peers and elderly behind them? Or wait until one of their bullied victims commits suicide because of their abuse? Is being passive really the right thing to do in this situation? And where are the rest of the parents? Why aren’t they speaking out about their children?
Father of one of the spawn, Robert Helm, reached out to Karen yesterday evening and apologized for his son’s behavior:
“I’m sorry. This is not the way I raised my kids. I never would have in my wildest dreams think that they were capable of anything like this,” Helm said.
“It’s not going to stop with, ‘You’re grounded; you’re not going to get TV.’ This is much bigger than that. This is something for a professional to interview Wesley and to find out what the underlying problem is.”
Robert Helm may have apologized for his son, but it was lacking something…HIS SON DOING THE APOLOGIZING to his victim! When the youth of society see nothing wrong with being disrespectful to the elderly, this is indicative of society as a whole not moving forward in a positive direction. Parents need to get it together and start parenting again. You are NOT your child’s best pal! Kids do not raise themselves. They learn from example and need structure and discipline.
These boys were VICIOUS! Two others have apologized to police – more likely not out of remorse but because they got caught. The fact that they engaged in this kind of behavior to begin with says a lot of their upbringing and the failure of their parents to teach them basic respect.
The refusal of local law enforcement to seek criminal charges is disheartening. Sure, just let the school give them a slap on the wrist and make them pick up trash for a few weeks. Yep, that will learn ’em!
We’ll be hearing their names again…count on it.
The apologies issued thus far:
Josh: “I am so sorry for the way I treated you. When I saw the video I was disgusted and could not believe I did that. I am sorry for being so mean and I will never treat anyone this way again.”
Wesley: “I feel really bad about what I did. I wish I had never done those things. If that had happened to someone in my family, like my mother or grandmother, I would be really mad at the people who did that to them.”
Wesley’s mom: “I can not even tell you how badly I feel. I am deeply sorry for what my son did. I wish there was some way to make it up to you. I would like it if he could do some work for you or help you in some way. I’m sure that you don’t want him anywhere near you or your property and I don’t blame. I am embarrassed , angry and sad about the awful way he treated you. I am truly sorry.”
Luis’ father: “We apologize, from the bottom of our hearts on what happened. We wish this will never happen again, to nobody and from nobody. Like Luis said, if your friend says to bully somebody, please don’t do it….A couple of people have already died because of this.
We apologize to Ms. Klein. We’re deeply sorry.”