Authorities are saying the Rigby Junior High School student who was taken into custody after allegedly compiling a “kill list” of other students and police officers was bullied at school and online.
Jefferson County Prosecutor Robin Dunn says the boy was reacting to bullying and trying to take matters into his own hands.
I spoke to Rigby Police Chief Keith Hammon to see what signs parents can look for to tell if their child is being bullied.
“Really they use their friends as their peers, they really don’t want to go to their parents, and so a lot of times that’s what parents can do is monitor their social media, just kind of watch what they’re up to” said Hammon.
In this case the parents of the young boy were able to find some things he wrote on a tablet he used. They then turned him over to authorities.
“Like in this situation the parents were very active in helping to get help and that is commendable for them to be doing that for their son” continued Hammon.
Incidents like these are happening nation-wide; small towns like Rigby aren’t an exception.
“Our main goal is to make sure that this young man gets the attention that he needs as far as for help and I think that’s what the parents want and I
think that’s what everybody wants” said Hammon.
Now the investigation for this case is still ongoing but those students who were doing the bullying may have some consequences of their own.
The Rigby Police Department is saying this doesn’t end here; they are working with the school district to put together a presentation about bullying and hoping to make it a community-wide event.