Boy Beaten and Robbed by other teens near Helen Street and Pine Rock

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Helen Street

Scribe:  N. Tru Bass



Bullying has become and American problem.  According to the National Educational Association nearly three quarters of school shootings have been associated with bullying. 

Schools should be havens for students making it easier to learn and grow.  Currently children are forced to walk the halls in fear and even are forced to be afraid to visit the local playground due to intimidation and violence. 

So was the case of a local boy when said he was approached and robbed of his cell phone and kicked in the head after leaving the playground at Helen Street Elementary in Hamden.  The 11-year-old Hamden boy said he was walking home after playing basketball with friends in Hamden. 

Miguel Garcia said, “They just started stomping on my head and punching me.” He continued, “One person grabbed me and they slammed me to the ground.”  Miguel said, that he could not defend himself.   Miguel’s mother said, “My child was very hurt,” … “They could’ve killed him.”

The boys who jumped Miguel was older boys, 13-year-old boys and have been arrested and are charged with assault and breach of peace.  The boy said that he did not know the boys who jumped him and that they stole his gym shoes and cell phone. 

The Hamden Police Department said one of the boys videotaped the assault.  Onlooker witnessed the crime and stepped in and stopped the incident from going further. 

According to reports Police Captain Ronald Smith said after the incident, “Kids who bully others — it’s a cowardly act.”  He added, “We’re going to investigate any acts of bullying vigorously.”

Do you believe bully behavior is a result of American leaders setting the stage that accommodates bullying?

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