In Coral Springs, Florida, a 13 year old Ramblewood Middle School Student was stabbed by a 12 year old neighbor. According to a story posted at The Sun Sentinel Newspaper website, the incident may have resulted from name calling and teasing by the 13 year old and another child. The 13 year old was transported to Broward (Florida) General Medical Center to surgically remove the knife and get treatment. The 13 year old is certainly a victim in this incident. Following the stabbing of the 13 year old, the 12 year old boy stabbed himself in an attempt to kill himself. It is obvious that the 12 year old boy was upset / disturbed as a result of the teasing and / or some other cause.
The police will conduct an investigation to determine the cause of the incident and the events that lead up to the stabbings. This incident may have resulted from bullying. The old saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me” is a simple saying but not always easy to live by. Name calling and bullying do cause emotional harm and can, in some instances, lead to serious personal injuries. It would be interesting to know the background of the boys’ relationship, the actions or inactions of parents, the actions or inactions of school authorities, and the psychological background of the 12 year old who committed the stabbings.
Whatever information is yielded from the investigation, these stabbings are tragic and disturbing. You can read more about this story at Coral Springs, Florida Stabbings May Have Resulted from Name Calling.
This Article was posted to the Florida Child Injury Lawyer Blog.