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Published: Friday, June 13 2014 5:20 p.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

IF this is true I hope they drop all charges against this boy. When the school refuses to protect our children then our children have the right to stand up and defend themselves. I wonder if the boys who have been bullying him (and their parents) are happy with how things have turned out?

Herbert Gravy
Salinas, CA

Would be nice, if this was happening (the bullying), to see some of the popular athletes step up and befriend kids like this that certainly need friends. Hopefully, others would follow their example and be less likely to engage in the bullying. What do others think?


I'm glad he stood up to the bully. I'm not saying it is okay to stab bully's with a knife. But I'm betting that bully and group of friends will change their behavior. Sounds like self defence to me. It blows my the number of bullies in our schools. Why can't or why don't administrators send the bully's home? Why don't the parents of bully's step up to end their child's disgusting behavior? I truly dislike bully's. If I had my way the bully's would be subjected to severe punishment and attend rehabilitation programs.

We are not doing enough to stop this horrific behavior!

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

Shame on every one at that school, every one seems slimy. no one is standing up for what is right. The future is uncertain, the present is all we have, because the past is determined, determined to repeat itself.

Davenport, FL

It's time for parents of bullied children stop trusting the schools to do the right thing. Go to the police and make a report and let them handle it. Maybe the threat of jail time would stop some of the bullying. This is wrong on so many levels. Leland King never should have been dragged into court for standing up for himself. It's the bullies who should have been facing criminal charges.
Now a question for the Deseret News, is there any way to find out if Bullying of a person with disabilities would be considered a civil rights violation in the state of Utah? Perhaps someone could talk to some legal experts to find out and report on that aspect of the situation.

Nan BW
ELder, CO

This boy should not have to attend school to be bullied. The school administrators should have helped the parents determine an alternative education arrangement. Bullying is even more common than the media reports. It is no wonder so many parents are home schooling, and so many students have serious problems due to the mistreatment of their classmates. It is sad beyond expressing.

Aunt Sue

Something has to change. Bullied children are not being protected in schools across the nation. It is never taken seriously until the victim lashes out.

Phoenix, AZ

I agree. If what the mother says is true, it sounds like self-defense to me. I was bullied horribly in school and a friend's son was repeatedly beaten up at school, and not once would school administrators help either of us. While we don't want to encourage fighting violence with violence, when repeated acts of physical, mental and emotional violence occur against someone, is it any wonder they might feel the need to defend themselves with violence?

I just hope the authorities do a thorough investigation into the allegations of bullying.

Salt Lake City, UT

Sounds like a simple case of self defense. This should be cause for greater scrutiny of the school system rather than prosecution of this kid.

Moses Lake, WA

Possibly five years in prison for defending him self? We are in big trouble if we are punished for self defense. I say we take Lelands knife away and say we are even.
And why wasn't the other boys name plastered all over the paper, along with the other bully aggressors? Had the school administration done their job then this wouldn't have happened. I think a little discipline all around is in order.

Honolulu, HI

It appears this is only a misdemeanor and the minor should not have been charged with a felony.

Beaverton, OR

I don't understand our justice system anymore. How does one get charged with aggravated assault for defending themselves? In my view, the only legitimate charge here is the possession of dangerous weapon on school premises.

Had I been bullied at school and all attempts to solve the situation had produced zero results, I would probably have also been carrying a weapon to protect myself.

I give this young man all my support and love. If he truly was the subject of bullying, we are prosecuting the wrong individual. The kid in the hospital is the one that should be charged with assault.

That is a big "if" because the only thing I have is a news article to go off of.


I attended Duchesne High School around 5-6 years ago. I would hope the football players and other athletes are not a part of this bullying. I know that the football players shouldn't be or Coach Cowan would be having a few words with them. I do know though that the bullying has happened a lot in Duchesne. Time for the teachers and examples in the school (football players, drill team) to step up and protect those students who get bullied.

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

I've worked with autistic kids like this before. This can turn out well for everyone, but its going to take some soul searching by all parties involved and a wise judge. There is a lot on the line here.

truth in all its forms
henderson, NV

Its time in this country that we stop trying to ban weapons, and instead focus on mental illness. What is the common denominator in so many of the violent acts lately. Mental illness if we want to protect our children than we need to do something about mental illness before another tragic event happens.

Zona Zone
Mesa, AZ

This is not a case of self-defense. The law permits self-defense but it cannot escalate the nature of the attack. The boy had the right to fight back and punch the other boy. He did not have the right to escalate with the use of a deadly weapon. Because he did, self-defense will be inapplicable.

That said, I do not understand the thinking of the teacher who sees a fight occur on the field and sends the two boys together, and without supervision, to check into the office. How could continued bullying and another fight not be foreseen? I think the teacher bears responsibility here as well.

Bountiful, UT

A person has a right to self defense. The people bullying him had a right to be taught a lesson, that what they were doing wasn't right. His lashing out has 'killed two birds with one stone'. No harm no foul here it seems.

Phoenix, AZ

"This is not a case of self-defense. The law permits self-defense but it cannot escalate the nature of the attack. The boy had the right to fight back and punch the other boy. He did not have the right to escalate with the use of a deadly weapon. Because he did, self-defense will be inapplicable."

Zona Zone, the mother states in the article that her son has a condition which makes him physically weaker than other people his age and size. How much so is unknown to us from the article, but if that is the case and he had no hope of defending himself in the same manner in which he was being bullied, then is it any wonder he used a weapon?

If someone attacks me, I'm not going to defend myself by whatever means necessary. Defending yourself, by its very nature, often means escalating the attack because that is what it takes to stop the aggressor. Your attack has to be greater than theirs in order to stop them.

Rural sport fan

Tried in the court of public opinion. Welcome to America in the 21st century.
This isn't a news story, this is posturing for the media, spin using the right buzzwords to get the public opinion on their side.

This isn't about bullying. The two kids were actually friends.

This isn't about the teachers at Duchesne, it was a substitute on that day. This isn't about the students, most everyone likes Leland.

This is about an autistic kid that lost control in a bad situation he should not have been in, and a mom with control issues.

Jan Jones
West Valley City, UT

I'm embarrassed to admit it, but when I read this story my first thought was "Good for him!!" If true, maybe one of the bully boys has learned a valuable lesson. Nothing more disgusting than someone who would pick on a person who is disabled or weaker than them. (Unless it's someone who would be happy that one person has stabbed another person.)

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