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Guaranteeing a Lesson Is Learned

The kids of an Ipswich, Qld., Australia, family are in a heap of trouble. Their father says he caught his 17-year-old son and his 15-year-old daughter bashing a 13-year-old boy so badly that they broke his jaw. The man, identified only as “Matt”, took the victim home to his parents, then took his two children to the police station and turned them in for the crime; they were charged with assault. Matt said he will support any charges pressed by the victim’s parents. He also sold his son’s car and his daughter’s horse as punishment. Matt said he was enraged because he had been a victim of similar attacks when he was younger. A police spokesman said his timing is good: it was “Anti-bullying awareness week.” The two children are reportedly remorseful, and hope the money from the sale of the horse and car will go to the victim. (JW/Sydney Morning Herald) ...I guess anti-bullying awareness week worked.
Author’s Note: This wasn’t Jennifer’s original treatment of the story. See her original, and why it was changed, in my blog:
Original Publication Date: 10 April 2011
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.

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