I hope Film Ladd is correct, at least about the firings. In the case of lawsuits, the process is the punishment, and it can punish both sides. It would be better for the media companies involved to offer generous settlements to the children they appear to have victimized and keep the matter out of court.
However, the individual Twitter thugs shouldn’t be left unaccountable for their cyberbullying. The question remains of how to make a public example of them sufficient to deter such acts in the future.
Public shaming? One massive lawsuit against hundreds or thousands of defendants alleging that they are jointly and severally liable for the incitement to violence?
Alea iacta est.