FINALLY- Charges Brought Against School Boys and Principal in Columbus, Ohio.
Ex-Principal, Students Charged In School Sexual Assault
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Two students were charged Wednesday with sexually assaulting a mentally disabled girl in a high school auditorium. The former principal was charged with failing to notify police.
The case generated criticism because school officials did not immediately report the allegations to police and said they feared negative media attention if they did.
The 16-year-old girl told a teacher at Mifflin High School that she had been dragged into the auditorium March 9 and forced to perform oral sex on at least two boys as other students watched and one boy videotaped, according to investigators.
Two boys, Brandyn Hobbs, 15, and Timothy C. Armistead, 16, were charged with juvenile counts of rape, sexual battery and kidnapping.
Regina Crenshaw, who was removed as principal because of the incident, was charged with failing to call police. If convicted, she could get anything from probation to 30 days in jail.
Crenshaw said Wednesday she did not break the law because the girl's father called police and the school district's policy on when to call authorities is contradictory.
"I did not expect any criminal charges to be put on me. This came as a total surprise, total shock," she said.
Authorities said an assistant principal at the school warned the girl's father not to call 911 because he did not want to alert the news media. The girl's father ignored the request.
The district has moved to fire Crenshaw and a hearing before an independent mediator is set for Thursday. Three assistant principals at the school were suspended and reassigned.
Superintendent Gene Harris said the district will continue to train staff on proper procedures, but said attention should be paid to what students did -- not just what adults didn't do.
Gary Shroyer, attorney for the girl's father, said his client was pleased with the criminal charges.
Yes- the MENTALITY of our SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENTS is QUITE CHILDISH! Pay no attention to the COMPLETE INEPT AND CALLOUS ATTITUDES OF THE PEOPLE HIRED TO OVERSEE YOUR CHILDREN ALL DAY! The school district in MY area is JUST AS UNINTERESTED in addressing school faculty failures. One day I will have to share the story of how MY DISTRICT handles issues. LOVELY! JUST LOVELY!