CHICAGO (CBS) — Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said he favors criminal prosecutions of school bullies who take things too far.
WBBM’s Bernie Tafoya reports the sheriff said he’s not suggesting every bully be prosecuted, but when their intention is clear and severe, and that they “have crossed every conceivable line out there”, he says “absolutely” they should be brought up on charges.
Dart said most adults don’t realize how different things are in school now, compared to when they are in school – that bullying is not what it used to be, thanks to the prevalence of social media and cell phones.
He said, in the past, kids could go home after school, to their own bubble, where they were surrounded by people who cared about them.
Now, “the bubble’s gone,” Dart said.