A criminal crackdown on vicious school bullies is sweeping Massachusetts as two thugs who allegedly created a cruel YouTube video of a special needs student face charges, bringing to three the number of active prosecutions, reports the Boston Herald. Monday's indictments of nine teens in case of Phoebe Prince have parents peppering authorities with bullying complaints, including a flurry to one prosecutor whose “phone is ringing off the hook.”
Cops and district attorneys aren't waiting for a new law specifically targeting bullies. They are bringing charges based on existing statutes such as stalking, harassment, identity fraud, and civil-rights violations. “The message is that we as a society are not going to sit back and allow the incessant, nonstop bullying of children which can lead us to such tragic consequences as what happened to Phoebe Prince,” said Plymouth District Attorney Timothy Cruz, alluding to the teen’s suicide. In Weymouth, two high school students are facing criminal harassment charges for allegedly filming a video mocking a physically impaired special needs student and posting it on YouTube.