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Conn. girl, 12, arrested for bullying that allegedly drove classmate to consider suicide

Trailblazers Academy, the private middle school in Stamford, Conn., where the girls in the alleged bullying incident attend school.
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(CBS/AP) STAMFORD, Conn. - A 12-year-old Connecticut girl was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct Tuesday after police say she bullied a fellow female classmate to the point that the alleged victim told her parents she was considering suicide.

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Stamford Police Lt. Diedrich Hohn said administrators at the private middle school in Stamford tried to deal with the problem, but called police Sept. 20 when the bullying intensified.

Hohn would not give details about the harassment but authorities have said no physical contact occurred between the two. He said the girl was released into the custody of her parents.

CBS affiliate WFSB reports the two eighth graders attended Trailblazers Academy and had been friends since sixth grade. However, school officials reportedly said there was a recent disagreement between the two.

"This behavior will not be tolerated," Stamford police Capt. Richard Conklin said, according to the station. "If it is brought to our attention, we will vigorously investigate the allegations and make arrests when appropriate. We investigate all claims of bullying, and this type of behavior will not be condoned in a learning environment."

Police Lt. Hohn said the 12-year-old "did seem remorseful" after the arrest.

"She was crying and didn't understand the magnitude until she got here," Hohn said.

Police say the 12-year-old will have to go before a juvenile judge and will most likely have to attend anti-bullying classes.

In Greenwich, a neighboring town to Stamford, Bart Palosz, a 15-year-old high school student, killed himself on the first day of school this year. Several sources have said it was because of relentless bullying by classmates.

  • Stephanie Slifer

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