Two teenage girls in Maryland have been charged with numerous crimes when they viciously bullied a boy who is autistic. St. Mary County Sherriff’s Department spokesmen reported that the two teens used their cell phones to record some of their crimes, including forcing the boy to perform sex acts, some with animals (CNN Staff).
The two teens, age 17 and 15, admitted to officials that they had assaulted the boy “multiple times” with a knife. “A news release from the department said the girls also kicked the boy in the groin and dragged him by his hair. They also got him to walk onto a partially frozen pond. When the boy fell through several times, they made him get out each time by himself, police said” (CNN Staff).
The boy’s parents said that he had been diagnosed with autism. Being younger than the two teenage girls, being singled out and already at a disadvantage with a developmental disability, how could this boy have possibly fought back? These teens managed to isolate this child in order to commit their heinous crimes. As a further show of lack of remorse, they recorded their crimes on their cell phones.
How do two teenagers become so heartless and cruel? Is one the leader and the other the follower? We know this: The 17-year-old, Lauren A. Bush, will be charged as an adult. The 15-year-old, whose name was not released, will be charge as a juvenile. Both are charged with two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault, child pornography and false imprisonment (CNN Staff).
As the news unfolds, we may begin to learn the mentality that made these two bullies act in such a hateful way. As adults, we need to lift up this story to our teens as a warning regarding bullying and its dreadful, long-lasting effects.
CNN Staff.” Police: Teenage Girls Use Knife to Force Autistic Boy to Perform Sex Acts.” www.KCTV5.com