Disabled Girl Punched In Face, and (the rest will make your blood BOIL!)
Witnesses: Disabled Girl Punched In Face, Forced To Perform Sex Acts
POSTED: 2:25 pm EDT April 12, 2005
UPDATED: 9:11 am EDT April 13, 2005
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A 16-year-old disabled girl was punched and forced to engage in videotaped sexual acts with several boys in a high school auditorium as dozens of students watched, according to witnesses.
Authorities are investigating and no charges have been filed in the alleged attack last month at Mifflin High School. Four boys suspected of involvement were sent home and have not returned to class.
Also, the principal, Regina Crenshaw, was suspended and will be fired for not calling police, school officials said. And three assistant principals were suspended and will be reassigned to other schools....
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There is also more on this at the New York Times:
The principal and her assistants not only failed to report the incident but also urged the girl's father to avoid calling the police out of concerns that reporters would become aware of the assault, according to statements given to school investigators.
One of the three assistant principals, Richard Watson, said he had found the videotape and then viewed it with other administrators. Their conclusion, they told investigators, was that there had been no coercion.
One witness's statement said a boy pulled the girl onto the auditorium stage, ordered her to be quiet, pushed her to her knees and forced her to perform oral sex on him.
"If you scream, I'll have all my boys punch you," the boy told her and then hit her in the face, causing her mouth to bleed, a student told the investigators.
The girl told a special-education teacher minutes after the incident that she had been forced to have oral sex with two boys behind a curtain on the stage while at least two others watched. She said the boys stopped only after someone arrived in the auditorium and scared them off.
The girl, who has a speech defect, "just kept saying she was scared," the special-education teacher told the investigators.
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THIS IS HORRIFIC!
It is devastating that this event even occurred, let alone how it was handled! If this girl had been a popular girl or the daughter of a an "important" figure- I would bet this would have been handled much differently! I am furious that the 3 Assistant Principles are to remain employed in positions where they are entrusted with the care of children. Their handling of this incident borders on criminal behavior in my opinion. Since when do you NOT report sexual abuse of a minor! I understand that teachers are required to report suspicion of such behavior- let alone direct accounts on their OWN PREMISES!