A Foxboro, Massachusetts girl was hospitalized earlier this week after her school peers hounded her to almost-death over a period of months.
The girl, an eighth-grader at a local middle school, claimed that the majority of the harassment occurred during after-school sports meetings and centered around the young victim being slut-shamed. The eighth-grader’s mother said that the precipice of the bullying occurred when her daughter received threatening phone calls on her birthday and messages like the ever-popular “whore.”
The young girl remains hospitalized for “emotional distress” still, and hospital representatives claim that they will not allow the girl to return to school until the school has a signed safety plan in effect.
Local law enforcement state that they are treating the case as a criminal harassment investigation at this time and will charge other students if it’s considered necessary.
It seems like every time you turn around anymore, there are kids being hospitalized for a school-bully beating, committing suicide because of slut-shaming and now emotional breakdowns are being suffered by children that haven’t even reached high school age yet.
What’s going on in our society that’s making this such a prevalent issue? Is it because the media is so overwhelmingly in our faces all the time and it’s merely publicized more nowadays than, say, twenty years ago? Are children of these decades being raised to hate and harass those that they don’t understand? Do today’s children have a serious lack of thick skin?