Rigby Police Talk About Jr. High Incident and How to Know if your Child is being Bullied

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Updated: 3/28/2013 7:11 pm

        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.



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sundance2 - 3/29/2013 10:26 AM
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Shane Koyczan: "To This Day" ... for the bullied and beautiful Everyone should check the video out. All I can say is Awesome, very inspiring and so true for so many of us. Go to TED.com or youtube.

deano87 - 3/29/2013 10:10 AM
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I hope this child gets the help he obviously needs. Bullies have been around forever but it seams like people these days have learned to take it to a whole new level.

bulldog man - 3/28/2013 5:54 PM
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if pubc schools had a no tolerance rule to being a bully like the charter schools do there wouldnt be such a problem. public school dont really get involved or step in when they could to stop this abuse. we pulled ours out of public school becasue of girl bullys in the 4th grade. one was a teachers daughter and no action was taken by the teacher/mom or the pricipal. it was a headache and now she is in charter school and is doing so well with school, homework, grades and socially. no tolerance or kick them out! get involved.
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