"God is the name by which I designate all things which cross my path violently and recklessly, all things which alter my plans and intentions, and change the course of my life, for better or for worse."
-C G Jung
Back when I was in school I was often the target of bullies. When I was 7 living in Okinawa I contracted tuberculosis and battled it for 16 months which left me smaller than the rest of the kids my age. I didn't start to catch up in size until about my sophomore year in high school, so I have some empathy for the victim here. As luck would have it that was a different time and when the kid who got bullied later caught up with the bullies and beat the Mc**** out of them nobody sued. A couple of them (separate occasions) ended up in emergency rooms. In junior high one guy ended up with a scar he still carries today, in high school I was once attacked by three at once, it took me months to get even with all of them. The last one was the backup center for the football team, so he was much bigger than I was. I put a shoulder in his ribs during a schoolyard football game during the summer after our junior years breaking several ribs and he didn't play his senior year.
I say that to say this: the attackers were juveniles and the consequences simply will not be enough to dissuade them from doing something like this in the future. Perhaps what we need to do is go back a few decades and let these matters work out the way they used to be. The other alternative is to sue the parents of the attackers and hold them responsible, which I don't think is entirely right either.