Transcript for California Teens Arrested for Alleged Online Bullying
our legal analyst, dan abrams. Hard to figure out the right remedy. But police have arrested these boys. And the question is are they going to be formally charged or not? You have to take yourself back away from the idea of bullying in schools. And just ask yourself, if x happened outside of the school arena, if it wasn't kids we were talking about, but adults, would it be a crime? That's what we're seeing more and more in the law. Authorities saying, hey, there's no excuses anymore. Don't call it bullying. If it's something that would be a crime off of school property, it's going to be a crime on or around school property, as well. The question is, how threatening were the calls? Was this an actual group, this kill katie klub? If this was a real group where they had actual intentions, this wouldn't be a misdemeanor case. You think it's likely to be a misdemeanor case? That's what they were held on and released. If the authorities thought there was a club out there that was gathering, discussing, physically harming her in a very severe way, I think you probably would be looking at more than the possibility of misdemeanor. How about the school? Does it face a civil liability for not acting sooner? They're sure worried about it. Anytime asked a question about it, they're worried about possible legal action. Possible, she could say, the school was warned numerous times. Didn't take action. But it's not just the school, it's these other kids, the alleged bullies. They could get sued for their actions. There's a number of possible civil lawsuits. Again, it depends on how significant was the action? How serious was it? But it's clear the authorities are taking this really seriously. Because of those phone calls. Dan abrams, thanks very much.
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