Stand up to the bully and see how fast they back down.

That’s the lesson we’ve been trying to drum into our kids’ heads when confronted by others who try to take advantage of them.

But to what extent should the “standing up to bullies” go?

In Mount Olive, one 17 year old kid took a baseball bat and attacked two kids who he perceived were bullying him?

A 17-year-old who felt he was being bullied by another teen took his revenge with a baseball bat Thursday night — smashing his way into an apartment and attacking the people inside, police said.

Police got a call at 9:16 p.m. about an assault at the apartment complex involving an assault with a baseball bat, and arrived to find several people outside an apartment building — including one with the bat, police said in a news release.

Officer Marianne Wurtemberg and Officer Phil Ryan were able to take possession of the bat and separated the people, police said.

The officers determined a 17-year-old had come to the apartment, smashed through the front door with a bat, and once inside struck both an 18-year-old man and a 20-year-old man with the bat, police said.

Officer Michael Russell told in an email the attack occurred because the 17-year-old believed he had been bullied by the 18-year-old. Russell didn't specify in the email what the alleged bullying involved, but police said in the news release it had occurred earlier in the day.

Both victims were taken to a local hospital for treatment, police said. They didn't specify how severe the victims' injuries were.

The 17-year-old was arrested and transported to police headquarters, and charged with aggravated assault, burglary, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and criminal mischief. He was transported and lodged at the Morris County Juvenile Detention Center and has a pending court appearance, police said.

I hate when schools teach a “no tolerance” rule. Someone being bullied can’t fight back, or if he or she does, the consequences would be the same for them as well as for the bullies – or perhaps worse.

I find it hard to condone what the 17 year old did – but I feel his frustration and would be hard pressed to convict him of any crimes should it come to trial!

Do you feel a 17 year old alleged bullying victim was right in attacking his bullies with a baseball bat?