GRAFTON (CBS) — Grafton Schools Superintendent Jay Cummings says seven students are in serious trouble with the law after continually harassing and bullying a 15-year-old girl at Grafton High School.
“It’s very disturbing. It’s something we’ve been keenly aware of, bullying is an issue in this district,” Cummings said.
Investigators say the 15-year-old student was the victim of violent crime in 2013 and recently has been bullied by a group of teens ranging in age from 14 to 19 years old.
“We investigated and we found through witnesses and checking social media and twitter accounts, what was said to this person. Based on the fact that it was intimidation these individuals were charged,” Grafton Police Chief Normand Crepeau said.
Those charged included, 18-year-old Joseph Todisco, 19-year-old Anthony Masterson and 19-year-old Daniel Guzetti; all from Grafton.
“There were several incidences that occurred both confrontational, face-to-face and social media,” Crepeau said.
Police say the teens had been bullying the student for the past several weeks. The students have been charged with witness intimidation and if found guilty, they could all be expelled.
Cummings says the 15-year-old student is doing okay. The seven students charged have been suspended.