O’Reilly Spars With Attorney Over Bus Beatings: ‘There is Something Wrong With These Kids…’

Bill O’Reilly continued his coverage of the three African-American high school students who were caught on tape beating up a white classmate on a school bus in Florida. O’Reilly was joined by criminal defense attorney Eric Schwartzreich, who said even though this is an “awful, atrocious and heinous crime,” the prosecution’s proposed sentence of nine months probation is not, in O’Reilly’s words, “kind of light.”

O’Reilly agreed that since the boys do not have prior arrests, it makes sense to keep them out of the adult court system for now, but he did argue that the prosecution should seek three years probation, until they are all 18 years old. When Schwartzreich said they should be given leniency because they are children, O’Reilly countered, “they are children who almost killed another kid.”

Getting more and more heated, O’Reilly said to his guest, “Maybe you don’t understand what the criminal justice system is here to do.” He said it’s meant to “protect people, not feel sorry for the perpetrators.” He added, “I believe we should try to rehab them, but I’m not feeling sorry for them. They almost beat a kid to death. There is something wrong with those kids and they should be treated, but they have got to be watched as well.”

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