"According to the Hartford Courant, security officers at the school had once seen the boy being chased by students."
I'm not defending the dipstick mother who gave her kid a BB gun and a knife, but it seems that the security officers 'saw' plenty, but they dont mention putting a stop to anything, hence allowing the bullies to keep on doing what they're doing. In my opinion the lax attitudes of teachers and school staff is a big problem when it comes to bullying.
I dont think this kid needed a BB gun and a knife. He needed his mother to call these punks' parents and get them a butt whuppin. Failing that he needed to stand up for himself and kick these bullies in the nuts or something.