A 12-year-old girl has been arrested after what's being called "relentless bullying." On Oct. 3, MSN reported that the young child has been charged in Stamford, Conn. It is unknown why the school didn't get involved or why the child wasn't expelled but police did feel the need to step in before things really got out of hand.
Police became concerned when the victim -- a 13-year-old girl -- threatened to kill herself after being "taunted, harassed, and pushed" by the 12-year-old bully. The middle school where these events took place has not been named and the kids involved haven't been named either because they are minors.
The 12-year-old arrested has left people in the area (and all over the country) with mixed feelings on the case. Some think that things were taken to an extreme and that the bully should have been reprimanded by the school and by her parents. Others feel as though it's important for police to shut these bullies down and get involved when things become serious, as they did in this case.
The police say that things were beyond the school's control and that they needed to take action before an child took her own life. "We investigate all claims of bullying... this type of behavior will not be condoned in a learning environment," said Stamford police in a statement.
The arrested 12-year-old was released to her parents shortly after she was taken into custody. She will face charges in court at a later date.
© Effie Orfanides 2013