a) Innie is only 14. Why are y'all trying to make her feel responsible for the life of someone else?
We are never to young to feel responbility for someone or thier life.
c) Innie told a responsible adult, i.e. her mother. She really doesn't have to do anything else.
You're right but a school counsellor might also be informed for a professional opinion. Maybe his mother is as scared to get involved, maybe not.
I think you could have asked one question, defffff. What if he's lying?
but here goes.......
d) No one here knows the real situation. Like for instance, it's possible that the 16 year-old guy is describing himself as a victim to get Innie's sympathy and maybe even more than that?
Yup, but agian wouldn't it be better for a specialist to investigate than it worry a 14 yr old?
e) Does this guy cut himself in her presence, which is a form of peer-abuse calculated to frighten her?
Again, a proffessional would have a better idea but you have a pretty active imagination.
f) Could it be that the 16 year-old guy is perhaps even lying to Innie about his father's beatings, because that's his way of making himself feel important?
Sure, but again, it shouldn't be up to innie to investigate, if she takes the kid at his word, her duty as with anyone else is to get him help. A child worker can determine the truth. If the kid is lying it will be discovered, but if not, well one more idiot can't hurt his kid tonight.