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11-Year-Old Ramsey Student Cited for Assault After Playground Punching

The incident occurred June 10 at the Ramsey International Fine Arts School.

A 10-year-old was punched multiple times on the playground by an 11-year-old boy at the  on June 5. 

School staff called police, and the 11-year-old was cited for 5th degree assault. 

The 10-year-old suffered a small abrasion on the cheek.

Jesse Lykken June 17, 2012 at 06:15 PM
I spent a quarter century working in juvenile corrections in Hennepin County. Rest assured that nothing whatsoever will happen to the bully in the form of consequences. Nothing. He is too young for the system to deal with, and even if he was older he would get several "chances" before receiving any actual punishment. The system still believes it can "fix" bullies. The system needs to believe that to justify its existence. As is often the case, the system is wrong. The perp here will either follow a criminal path for some years, OR will simply remain the class bully, making other kids suffer at his pleasure. Bet dollars to donuts that the perp has crap parent(s).
JobyLynn Sassily-James June 18, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Wow, well I would like to believe that sometimes kids turn into bullies because of stressful situations/big changes in their lives. Sometimes that type of behavior is a call for help and I would hope that with children of that age that the "system" would get a therapist involved to assess the situation before this kid is written off entirely as a bully that will never be fixed. That seems a harsh judgement when there is no information given as to how many times this kid has even been in trouble. Maybe the other child was initially the aggressor and this kid was finally sticking up for himself and had a lot of pent up rage towards the boy who bullied HIM. We do not have enough to go on here to make a judgement on either of these young men. It saddens me to think that people do not believe that kids can be helped. I was raised with "crap parents" lived on the streets, had a terrible time with "systems" but now I have been a homeowner for 13 years, have served for ten on my neighborhood board, many other committees both neighborhood and city wide, have been running an arts non profit and started a community garden on my own land. There have been times in my past where I have been assumed to be the aggressor in situations that were misunderstood and I can tell you from experience that sometimes the children of "crap parents" can overcome the obstacles in their lives and do well. We should not be so quick to judge children and write them off.

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