August 14th, 2013
01:33 PM ET

School Bus Attackers in Court—Are the Parents to Blame?

One month after their brutal attack on a young boy in a school bus, the three teenage attackers in question were tried as juveniles in a Gulfport, Florida courtroom yesterday.

The three 15-year-olds went before a juvenile court judge facing aggravated battery charges for beating the 13-year-old boy and breaking his arm on the school bus in early July.

The boys remained silent as they left the courtroom, reports CNN’s Pamela Brown. “The father of one only offering these words, ‘Consequences, just consequences is all I can say.’”

According to police, “the older boys were seeking revenge after the victim told teachers that they tried to sell him drugs,” Brown reports.

“The Juvenile Justice Department is recommending nine months’ probation and anger management for two of the boys.”  The third meanwhile faces an additional robbery charge for allegedly stealing money from the victim after the beating.

The prosecution feels that the proposed punishments don't match the severity of the crime and have asked to enter the bus surveillance video as evidence to illustrate that point.

The three boys are due back in court on August 27.

Their school spokesperson says “they are reviewing the incident and looking at whether improvements can be made to ensure students' safety on their school bus,” Brown says.

“Also, the spokesperson could not elaborate on the specific disciplinary measure taken for those teens, but says that kind of behavior could lead to expulsion.”

Loni Combs, a former Los Angeles County prosecutor, and author of "You're Perfect... and Other Lies Parents Tell: The Ugly Truth About Spoiling Your Kids," weighs in on the case and who should be held accountable for the actions of the boys.

“Let's look at the perpetrators, the kids here,” Coombs says. (WATCH VIDEO)

She says the situation can be linked to increased violence prevalent in children’s lives and their desensitization to it.

“There's more bullying, whether it's just over the Internet or in person like this, and it starts with the parents,” Coombs says.

“The parents need to start doing more parenting and teaching these kids that it's wrong to do this… I think it's a good point to start holding the parents accountable.”

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