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2 Teen Girls Arrested For Bullying In Galesburg

Updated: May 14, 2012 06:35 PM CDT

Two teenagers arrested for bullying. Was the punishment too harsh or was it justified? Police in Galesburg tell us charging young teens with felonies for bullying is rare, but that's what they've done after an incident last week.

Now, two 13 year old girls are charged with serious charges. We're talking about felony intimidation, mob action and battery. Police say it happened at the HT Custer Park in Galesburg. The girls are accused of slapping a 9 year old boy and beating his bike with a baseball bat. Two of the families are talking tonight.

"When he came home he said  a girl came up to him, slapped him in the head and also broke his bike and that he wanted to press charges," said the Mother of the 9 year old boy.

"I tapped him on his head and I got arrested for it," said the thirteen year old girl who was involved.

These are serious charges for two 13 year old girls, police deciding to charge them with felonies. Normally kids who bully don't get arrested, but police tell us they had no choice. The victim's family wanted to press charges and the felony charges fit the crime.

"Someone's got to do something, especially about bullying because it's getting out of hand, it's deadly," said the victim's family.

Now, two girls are facing harsh punishment.

"I have house supervision, and if I mess up again I have to go to the DOC for 5 years," said the teen girl involved.

"I think it's justified. I think it's very much so justified, a 13 year old kid comes up to my 9 year old son and smacked in the back of his head and smacked him up across the face, she could have done a lot more damage to that to him," said the victim's mother.

Whether or not the punishment was too harsh, is up to a judge to decide.  The two teens arrested were taken to the Mary Davis juvenile detention center and were released today.