Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Teenage Bullies


Editor’s note:
This video accompanied the Daily News’ coverage of the story of a teenage bullying incident in Upper Darby. The Upper Darby police department provided this video. We then edited the video to obscure the identities of the people involved.

Understandably, we have received many questions from readers about why we would post this video – when, in today’s Daily News, we have a story about the dangers of having such videos posted on the internet and how that can hurt the victim of the bullying.

We felt this video should be posted for for several reasons. The most important reason was the fact that the victim was willing to be identified, and both he and mother wanted to bring attention to this incident. The video does so in a way that has made this story impossible to ignore.

We also felt it was important to bring additional attention to the issue of casual posting of crimes by the perpetrators to hurt their victims.

That’s why we pursued both themes in this story. We should have taken the time to stop and explain this to our readers – and we appreciate you calling us on the apparent conflict between the two issues.

If you’d like to ask us more about this, please comment below.

Thanks,

The Daily News

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