I'm glad they're being criminally charged.
From what I recall of being a teenager, so much of the stuff that happens between girls is really about boys. It's about jealousy, competition, and status.
Even though boys are the cause, and even though they're oftentimes aware that it's going on, they tend to stay out of it.
I guess they figure it's girls' business.
If a bunch of girls decide to gang-pile another girl, even if a boy knows that he is, ostensibly, the reason... he won't intervene.
Sometimes boys deliberately instigate and actively egg it on. I'm sure it's an ego boost for them, when girls fight over them.
More often, they just stand back and watch, indirectly exacerbating the situation by their presence and their non-intervention.
Boys need to intervene when girls are being bullied.
I always taught my boys to be advocates for those weaker than themselves.
If a boy were being bullied by other boys, they would intervene- and have, more than once.
But when a girl is being bullied by other girls, I don't know if boys realize they have a right to intervene.
I don't know if they realize they have the power to stop it, almost effortlessly, without putting themselves at any risk whatsoever... because it's all about them in the first place.
Those of us with sons should teach our sons that it's okay to intervene in "girls' business", when that business is the mistreatment and abuse of a helpless classmate by a gang of female bullies.
Boys have more power to stop these situations than girls do.
In this case, they could've saved a life.