Ok now I am truly heartbroken for that boy. I have lived in the outback and I know full well how the gossip mill works. I can kind of understand the adults in this equation being gossiped about, but that is an innocent child. It's despicable.
He did the wrong thing. I get that. Paint him as a future adult deviant and criminal, counsel others to avoid him, speak about him so that he never has a chance to have a clean slate anywhere, well that's what you'll get - a future adult deviant and criminal.