Classmates of the man accused of kidnapping a female student remembered a talented artist with a penchant for sketching women in bondage. The New Hampshire man, who had attended Kennett High School, had allegedly bullied classmates, phoned in fake bomb threats and was suspected of gang affiliations. Mischief or malice, the truth cannot be known.
One classmate said he had been beaten up by a boy in the sixth grade on the first day of school. The phenomenon of bullying has become even more prevalent behind the anonymity of a computer screen. What causes it and how should we deal with it are questions we are all accountable for.
Some students are troubled and are perceived as displaying deviant behavior. They sometimes end up in a final act of drama so their painful messages can be delivered to a world of loneliness.
School is a fertile ground for cruelty and bullying, but it is also a place that has resources designed to be vigilant and intercept a mentally disturbed person before his emotional turmoil channels itself in tragedy. "Acting out in class" can be based on severe issues of child abuse or other negative experiences occurring in the life of the perpetrator.
News reports abound with perceived predators who are lost in a sea of faces at school, and technology has evolved so that his exploits may even be published and viewed by millions of people. According to reports, the 34-year-old attended the same New Hampshire high school with the female classmate he allegedly kidnapped. The 15-year-old girl had disappeared for nine months before returning home. While no details have been released, the 34-year-old was charged with the felony of kidnapping.
While classmates were happy to hear that the 15-year-old girl had returned home, they sent messages to the community to beware of safety measures as more girls are kidnapped across the world.
When authorities are notified about a disturbance, they attempt to determine the circumstances and decide if charges are to be filed. If you are facing criminal charges, you deserve to have a responsible and reliable person who can determine what happened, if any mishandling occurred, in your criminal defense and how the outcome can affect you and the rest of your life.
Source: The New York Daily News, "'He's the kid of my nightmares': Abigail Hernandez's alleged kidnapper was 'sadistic' bully, 'tortured' classmate claims" Meg Wagner, Jul. 31, 2014