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Parents Dissatisfied With Sentence For Son's Attacker

| by Simone Stover

The parents of a teen who was punched by another boy -- an attack which was filmed and posted on social media -- are upset with the sentence that the attacker has received, believing it to be too lenient. 

Back in December, KCBS reported that 14-year-old Jordan Peisner was in a Wendy's parking lot near his school when a 15-year-old boy that he had never met attacked him without provocation by punching him in the back of the head.

Jordan was airlifted to Children's Hospital Los Angeles, where it was found that he had suffered a fractured scull, ruptured ear drum, and brain swelling and bleeding. He spent six days in the hospital. Since that time, he has suffered seizures, headaches, and hearing loss. 

In the aftermath of the attack, the 15-year-old who attacked Jordan was arrested. It was later reported that the teen had been paid by a girl to carry out the attack and that another girl had videotaped it and had uploaded the video to the social media app Snapchat. 

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On April 7, the 15-year-old who attacked Jordan received an undisclosed sentence. In a report aired by KCBS, Jordan's parents, Ed and Giselle Peisner, expressed their disappointment in the punishment that the teen received. 

"I don’t think justice has fairly been served," said Ed in the video. “He got a punishment that unfortunately we’re not allowed to talk about but do I believe it was the right punishment? No.”

"Jordan’s life has changed permanently; the consequence is temporary," he continued.

In the video, Ed also revealed that the two girls involved in the incident had not been charged with a crime. 

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"Only one arrest was made," Ed said. "And she was found not guilty in an LA teen court. And the girl who recorded it wasn’t charged with anything because that’s not a crime. Yet."

Although Ed and Giselle were disappointed in the punishment, they did seem to believe that the attacker has indeed felt the gravity of his actions. 

"The other side spoke about their actions and it was heartfelt," Ed said toward the end of the video. "There were tears on both sides."

The video also showed that, in light of the gravity of the situation, Ed and Giselle are working toward combating cyberbullying.

"[T]his is a weapon and it really can be used as a weapon," said Ed, holding up a phone in his hands and shaking it. "And the kids don’t know this. They can ruin a life."

Ed and Giselle are working with some Senate members in order to get Jordan's Law (also known as AB-1542) passed. 

According to the Los Angeles Daily News, Jordan's Law would add a year onto court sentences for criminal felonies in which attacker has conspired to film the assault. In addition, it would make conspiring with an attacker to take a video of a crime a felony. 

Although their son has suffered as a result of this incident, Ed and Giselle seem to be trying to look on the bright side of things. 

"I am hopeful that good comes out of this," Giselle said.

Sources: KCBS (2), Los Angeles Daily News / Photo credit: Brian Turner/Flickr

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