A 12-year-old girl who was reportedly bullying a 13-year-old classmate at a private middle school in Stamford, Conn., has been arrested.
The victim’s parents contacted the police to report the bullying on Sept. 20, according to NBC Connecticut. The bullying apparently began at the start of the school year and it continued to get worse.
WFSB reports that school administrators and police investigated the bullying claims. The bullying had gotten so bad that the victim talked about committing suicide, according to police.
The 12-year-old was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct on Tuesday and was released to the custody of her parents.
“This behavior will not be tolerated by Stamford Police Department,” said Capt. Richard Conklin and Lt. Diedrich Hohn in a press release. “If it is brought to our attention we will vigorously investigate the allegations and make arrests when appropriate. We investigate all claims of bullying and this type of behavior will not be condoned in a learning environment.”
Not all of the local residents agreed with the arrest.
“The school could have handled it,” Stamford resident Courtney Williams told WFSB. “The girl could have got expelled or things like that. But to arrest her? That’s overdoing it.”
WFSB also noted that in neighboring Greenwich, 15-year-old Bart Palosz killed himself on the first day of school, and several people said it was because of relentless bullying by classmates.