About a month ago a 17 year old girl was beat severly by 7 teenagers. I know atleast 2 were 14, one 15 two 17 years old. Not sure about the other two. because..she talked to someone this group didn't like. Four girls, three boys. Lured this girl out to the park, promising to smoke pot. Severly beat her. The four girls did the beating, 15 year old boy sexually assulted her including with a stick/branch. My son knows some of these kids. OMG. Scary. One of the 14 year old girls goes to his school. difficult child said he can't believe she would do this, she seems nice. (WHAT???this girl is truant weeks at a time, failing all classes, affiliated with gangs, assult to a school official, other records too)..some good comes out of sitting in the school office all the time. difficult child and I had a very long talk today. The two 14 year old girls will remain in Juvenile court. The 15 year old boy was waived to adult court. Judge stated she didn't think the maximum 5 years in Juvenile Jail would benefit him. He now faces 99.5 years maximum. OMG. difficult child and I talked about how this boy just threw his entire life away. He probably never even thought of it when he was beating this girl. Another 16 year old boy was there and is being charged because he did not do anything to stop it. difficult child said, "I wouldn't either. Because they would beat me like they beat that girl". HOW DO I RESPOND TO THAT? All of the accused are in detention/jail at the time pending trial. All of the accused are noted to have some affiliation with gangs. I am worried he thinks this way. What would he do if he were threatened?