In what some might think is an unusually extreme case, police have arrested a 12-year-old girl in Stamford, Connecticut, for allegedly bullying a fellow classmate at the private school they both attend.
WTNH reports that Lt. Dietrich Hohn of the Stamford Police Department said, "We were informed by a parent of a 13-year-old girl that she said her daughter is being constantly harassed, intimidated and bullied at school."
The police arrested the suspected bully at her private middle school under charges of disorderly conduct. Hohn says the victim, who was allegedly harassed and pushed by the classmate, “...really couldn’t learn in that kind of environment.” The 13-year-old apparently told her parents that the harassment was so intense, she was beginning to contemplate suicide.
Police in Connecticut are most likely taking a zero tolerance stance on bullying due to the case in August of Bart Polosz, the 15-year-old male victim of bullying who shot and killed himself after his first day of classes at nearby Greenwich High School. Police say that although his classmates said Polosz was a target of intense bullying, they have yet to arrest any suspects in the case.
The 12-year-old suspect in Stamford was released to the custody of her parents with warnings that more arrests will be made if further incidents occur. According to Lt. Hohn, the police action was completely justified. "Obviously after what happened in Greenwich and other stories you hear about, this bullying going to the extreme, once we heard these allegations that she was contemplating suicide we immediately got involved," he said.
Thank goodness they did, or this story could have had a very unhappy ending.