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Police in London, Ont., arrest eight girls in bullying investigation

LONDON, Ont. – Police in London, Ont., say they have arrested eight girls in connection with a bullying case.


 

LONDON, Ont. – Police in London, Ont., say they have arrested eight girls in connection with a bullying case.

Police say the arrests were made as part of an investigation that revealed a student at a city high school had been the target of physical, emotional and cyber bullying.

The eight suspects are each charged with criminal harassment.

Police say information about the alleged bullying came from direct statements and through an anonymous reporting portal on the school website.

Police say officials have been able to support the victim, ensure the student was safe and then address the bullying behaviour.

The investigation is continuing and police say additional charges may be laid.


 
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Police in London, Ont., arrest eight girls in bullying investigation

  1. I attended London South high school as a new student in the 1970s.Although I went to many schools in those years as we moved around alot,and saw some type of bullying in most of them,there was something about the way one girl was treated by students that really stuck with me.She hardly looked like the usual target for that type of harrasment.She was pretty,elegant.well dressed ,articulate,smart,a lovely British accent,and was rudely put down regularly by her tormentors,both male and female students.The bullies ‘rationale’ for their attacks?She was rumoured to be sexually active…and they called her the degrading name “Manhole”…a play on her real name.They would even call her this in class…in front of a teacher,,,,and to the Latin teachers credit,,,,that teacher told the students she would not tolerate that kind of degrading comment in her class.One day,the targeted girl and her also ostracised friend approached me to warn me that there were rumours I was associating with them and that eventually I too would share their fate….an act of trying to save me from the fate and ostracism they felt resigned to.Another new student also told me how shocked he was at the persecution of these girls at this school…it was open and cruel and constantly grinding,,,,and seemed to degrade the young girls belief in herself,as someone even worthy of respect and courtesy,one of the worst consequences of constant bullying.I look back on those days when I did not speak out with regret,,,and now,,,I do say something when I see bullying,,,,to make up for those times I was silent and afraid to speak.