Growing up, we were taught to respect our elders and to those who are mentally or physically disabled because they are normal in every possible way. Just the same as those with a perfect and healthy body. But, these teenagers took the opposite meaning of the lesson. Yes, the age could be a factor. They might be immature in making decisions but, that doesn’t explain the insensitive incident they caused for this 49-year-old Janice Morris.
Janice crouched down in fear on the bench of Suffolk, England as these teenagers bullied her. The incident was captured by one of the bullies, and it spread like wildfire for all the right reason. And with the wildfire, came a substantial amount of backlash to these teenagers.
The victim was mentally disabled. According to the recent report, four teens attacked the woman with flour and eggs. The photo that emerged was clicked by the fifth supposedly teenager. He flexed the picture in Snapchat. You can see the teens smirking and laughing behind this vulnerable woman who was covered in flour.
Police suggested the incident might be the result of a ‘verbal altercation’ between these teens and woman on Friday. The woman was ‘severely distressed by the incident’ but had no physical harm. As for the boys, they had to pay the price on what they did. A Suffolk Police statement reads:
“A 17-year-old boy, who arrested yesterday and two 15-year-olds also arrested in connection with the incident have been release on bail pending further enquiries.
Another 17-year-old boy was arrested in connection with the incident overnight and taken into custody for questioning. He has also released on police bail pending further enquiries.”
As soon as the photo got posted, all five teens, aged between 15 and 17, were detained. While four teens admitted their part and were exposed to a public order offense at an earlier hearing and got sentenced last year. And, the fifth one completely denied it but soon was found guilty. He was then ordered to serve 24 hours of work through the youth service and pay $280 to the victim with an extra $1180 in court cost.
Police have asked to contact Suffolk Police on 101 and quote the reference 42206/18 if you have any information regarding the incident.