- Posted October 21, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Bullying awareness: Your story
Mother of Bully Arrested for Child Abuse
Thirty Year old Vivian Vosburg was arrested on suspicion of child abuse. Her daughter, Guadalupe, was arrested for bullying Rebecca Sedwick who committed suicide because of that bullying. Police have stated that the two cases are not related and legally he is perhaps correct.
However, bullying and violence by young people can often be traced back to violence by the adults in the home. This case is a prime example of that association between teen violence and bullying and family violence, which has been supported by research. That is why intervening with a young bully without stopping violence in the family is not effective. Punishing a bully is not effective. It is a lack of problem solving and social skills of both parents and children, as well as poor modeling that is often at the heart of the problem. If we want to stop youthful bullying, we must first stop child abuse and neglect and family violence of all kinds.