Michigan High School Protects Student Athlete at Expense of Alleged Sexual Assault Victim


Last week the National Women’s Law Center, along with a local law firm in Michigan, filed a complaint in federal district court on behalf of a high school student who was allegedly sexually assaulted at school by a fellow student and star basketball player. In many ways the story echoes the tragic high school rape story from Steubenville, Ohio, which should lead all of us to ask just what kind of culture are we raising our children in, and what kind of culture is being cultivated at our high schools?

According to the complaint, in 2010 the victim was sexually assaulted by a star player on the school’s basketball team. The assault took place on campus in a sound proof band room at Forest Hills Central High School. The victim notified a teacher who in turn reported the assault to the principal. But rather than open an investigation into the allegations, the principal discouraged the student and her parents from filing charges, telling them that doing so could ruin the assailant’s prospects at being recruited to play basketball for a Division 1 school.

The victim and her parents ignored the principal’s request not to file charges because they were concerned that this student might attack other girls. Instead, the student and her parents filed a police report, and the Kent County Sheriff’s Department began a criminal investigation. Meanwhile, the school did nothing.

As alleged in the complaint, two weeks later another female student was sexually assaulted by the same attacker. Despite a legal obligation under Title IX to investigate the assault and protect the student, the high school officials never interviewed the girl or her parents again, failed to conduct an investigation, and for two and a half weeks left the attacker in one of her classes.

It gets worse. As word of the sexual assault spread among the student body, the female victim became the target of an intensive cyber-bullying and harassment campaign—both at school and online—that depicted her as a liar and a “whore” who was trying to bring down an innocent athlete. These cyber-attacks were only reinforced by the fact that the school continued to take no action to reprimand the male student. Not only did fellow students harass the victim, the attacker and his friends verbally and physically harassed the girl as well. They followed her around as she moved in and out of classrooms, through hallways, and around the school campus. The attacker sometimes pushed her into other students as she walked down the hallway, causing her to slam into lockers. Despite repeated efforts by the victim’s parents and other students to alert the principal and the school’s Title IX Coordinator about the viciousness of the harassment by the attacker and other students, school administrators took no action.

Thankfully law enforcement did. Five weeks after the sexual assault, the Kent County Prosecutor’s office authorized two felony counts of criminal sexual conduct against the attacker for his assaults on NWLC’s client and the second female victim at the school. The attacker later pled guilty to a single count of misdemeanor assault and battery. He was sentenced to attend Kent County’s Adolescent Sexual Offender Treatment Program for a second time. The only sanction the school imposed upon the student assailant was to temporarily bench him on the basketball court.

“Title IX requires schools to ensure that the educational environment is free from sex-based discrimination,” said NWLC Vice-President of Education and Employment Fatima Goss Graves said in a statement.

“This school completely ignored its legal responsibility to address student-on-student sexual harassment and failed to take reasonable steps to protect the victim. The school’s failure to address the harassment sends a chilling message to students that they should remain silent in the face of sexual assault and cannot count on their school to provide a safe learning environment.”

Because of the school district’s inaction, the victim’s grades suffered, she quit the soccer team and cheerleading squad, became isolated from her classmates, and ended up transferring to a new school. And while the lawsuit may vindicate her rights, it does little to undo the message the school district sent to other students, which is that if a student dares to speak out against sexual violence they will be ridiculed and left unprotected. Students not only deserve to feel safe in their school environments, according to Title IX they have a right to be safe in them as well. Unfortunately for students at Forest Hills Central High School, their administration doesn’t seem to understand that duty trumps potential college athletic recruitment.

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  • Corey Turner

    Ok this is fucked up. I LIVE in kent county and have not heard this on any local news. How freaking horrible. Off to research this….

    • Joe Schmoe

      Maybe because it was 3 years ago? It came up last year but no one gave a flying flip about it then.

      • http://www.facebook.com/Feral.9.Hex Carla Clark

        Really, because I can point to a number of sources that say otherwise.

  • http://twitter.com/throgurt The_Watcher

    Absolutely atrocious.

  • nettwench14

    Why wasn’t this principal fired? If I was a parent I would not want my daughter attending this school! Why was a predator who attacked another young woman after getting away with it the first time allowed to plead to a misdemeanor? Why was he not dropped from the basketball team, or better yet, EXPELLED from this school? What does it take to get expelled these days? TWO rapes is not enough? I’m sure kids get expelled for less every day. The first assault happening in a sound-proof band room? That doesn’t sound like coincidence to me, that sounds like stalking. Are the parents of either girl suing the school district? It sounds like this boy got a slap on the wrist. Please keep us updated on this story!

    • http://twitter.com/frankierostiara love, moth

      Actually, I attend this school and we got a new principal this year. Although I must admit I don’t actually know why this other one left. (I don’t think it was because of this issue, to be honest.)

      • FormerFHCMama

        love, moth — Principal U was asked to leave because he was found having a sexual relationship with another member of the faculty. The administration found this out at the end of the previous school year, but gave him a year to find another job. If you ask around, you’ll find this account to be accurate…

        • sailor

          wow. Aren’t you the little rumor monger.

          • FormerFHCMama

            Really sailor? Is that what it is when truth is told? When there is lots of conjecture it helps when the truth is told.

          • rogerrramjet

            Uh it doesn’t take long to find out it was true and not a “rumor”. He should have been fired a year earlier for what he did or more accurately what he didn’t do.

    • sailor

      There was no rape. This involved inappropriate touching.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1572895346 Allen Shock

        inappropriate touching IS sexual assault i.e. rape!!

        • Joe Schmoe

          Notttt even close. Be careful what you know before you throw a comment like that out in the open.

          • Dez

            Yes it is if the touching was not consented. PIV is not the only kind of rape.

          • Derpington_The_Third

            Uh, actually it is. Unwanted sexual advances that are physical involving intimate areas are deemed sexual assault

          • sara

            Some call it molestation

          • http://twitter.com/yserieh Kira

            So when a priest touches a young boy since there’s no insertion it’s not sexual assault? I knew it! Those young children have been just asking for it, just like this girl!

      • http://twitter.com/JenGStarr Jennifer Starr

        Inappropriate touching falls under the definition of sexual assault.

      • sara

        So if you are inappropriately touched by a popular athlete it’s a privilege?!
        Sailor, it may take you having a little girl of your own to be able to empathize with the female in this situation. But no means no and if some guy inappropriately touched my baby girl I wouldn’t care if he were a homeless drunk or a hot teen athlete. If she felt violated that is all that matters.

        • sailor

          I do empathize with this girl. And I feel bad that all this publicity is probably putting her in the spotlight again. I suspect that the boy is probably guilty. But school officials cannot act on what they suspect. They had two stories. She says that she said “no.” He says she did not. They cannot act because they think that he is probably guilty. It’s not popular to say, but he has right too.

          • rogerrramjet

            Sooo TWO assaults is just no big deal. We are not talking about one, but two now because this little jerk was a star and knew he could get away with it.Sorry but you are completely wrong. Yes he has rights but they ended with the assaults and being given a slap on the wrist with no jail time is unforgivable.

          • http://www.facebook.com/Feral.9.Hex Carla Clark

            It is ‘probably’ better to treat the girl’s accusations as real than dismiss them out of hand, because of rape culture. What? The one who committed the crime is the ONLY one that can be innocent before proven guilty? All victims must be presumed guilty? Sick. Anyways, whether the person is innocent or guilty, must be decided by the COURTS not the educators.

          • FormerFHCMama

            That’s true Carla. But that doesn’t mean that the educators do nothing. They have a duty to protect our students while they are in their care. And as such, there are requirements to investigate incidents and respond based on their findings. When they don’t they need to be held accountable.

          • http://www.facebook.com/Feral.9.Hex Carla Clark

            That’s what I’m saying…? I am replying to Sailor, after all. HE was the one suggesting that Educators can do nothing based on what they ‘suspect’. I am saying that the Educators should leave it up to the courts to decide, whether or NOT they suspect something, because they are not ‘judge, jury and executioner’.

      • sailor

        Never said it wasn’t sexual assault. I said that it wasn’t rape. In addition, it was never proven that there was any sexual assault. The boy pled no contest to “simple assault.”

      • FormerFHCMama

        And sailor — what is your association with this situation? You seem to know quite a bit. Anything else you want to share?

      • http://www.facebook.com/Feral.9.Hex Carla Clark

        Um, do you have any idea whether they walked together because he coerced her? Because, if not, butt out! Nor does the fact that they walked together there, imply anything. You are contributing to rape culture.

    • student

      and just for the record she picked him up after school to hang out alone days in a row
      ….

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=620957721 Amy L. Keyishian

        Agreeing to hang out alone with someone is NOT the same as consenting to whatever they want to do to you. Just for the record.

      • sara

        She probably liked him…your point?

      • sailor

        The point is that it is very ambiguous as to what happened in that room. Only two people know and they tell different stories. It’s the school’s job to protect all of its students, and there was no definitive evidence as to what happened. Schools must have due process and that requires proof.

        • http://www.facebook.com/Feral.9.Hex Carla Clark

          Again, schools are not courts. However, the accused already had enough protection. No one seems to think the VICTIM needed any, however.

        • Anne_Hedonia

          Do you understand that BEFORE he even came to FHC, the guy had a record for assault and sexual abuse? That the school officials knew this?

          Not so ambiguous, is it? A boy comes to the school with a record so bad that he’s already been required to go through a program for juvenile sex offenders. Then he is accused of sexual assault by a girl in the school. Does that take any ambiguity away for you? Sure does for me, and for anyone who can think clearly.

          And there’s this: Why on earth would she have lied? Especially when the attacker was a popular jock? What did she get from that? She got what girls who have the guts to report abuse ALWAYS get in these cases: She was shunned, bullied, threatened, humiliated, by the other students. She was ignored by the faculty. Anyone with a brain knows what happens to kids who report sexual abuse. It’s not pleasant. It’s AWFUL, and she had to quit all the activities she enjoyed and eventually leave school.

          Given all that, it’s odd that you use the word ‘ambiguous’. And I haven’t even mentioned that he did it AGAIN a couple weeks later. Sorry, but there’s no ambiguity left. The guy’s a serial sexual offender.

      • FormerFHCMama

        You are ALL missing the point here. This is an issue with the school district and what they did NOT do to properly investigate. The fact is that the alleged offending student came to the school as a school of choice student having a previous juvenile record of sexual assault. Even without this fact, there should have been an investigation, and until said investigation was properly concluded, the students should have been separated and protected – BOTH OF THEM. Nothing was done which led to the lawsuit being discussed today. So stop talking about what did or did not happen in 2010 and focus on the issue of today.

        • http://www.facebook.com/Feral.9.Hex Carla Clark

          You want to protect the accused? And, people have the right to associate with whomever they please, including students.

          • FormerFHCMama

            In general, Carla, yes. Both parties should be protected. The accused from potential retaliation and the victim from harassment – or vice versa. Saying that people have the right to associate with whomever they please is a gross generalization. IMO, someone who has been accused of sexual assault should be separated from others until a determination has been made. Is it fair all the time? Absolutely not. Sometimes people are falsely accused (not referring at all to this case). But what are the alternatives?

          • http://www.facebook.com/Feral.9.Hex Carla Clark

            The accused does have protection. The victim, however, may experience either harassment, potential retaliation or both.

            You’re failing to read what I am saying, again (although, that was most certainly, at least in part, due to my misreading of your own words. I read your words as if to say that the two parties should have been separated and protected before, rather than after, this incident occurred, even if the student had not been alleged to have committed a similar previous offense). When you say that both parties must be separated AND protected, you are making it sound like the victim is not seen as equal under the eyes of the law. That she is somehow seen to be just as dangerous to the offender, even though she is the injured party.. When it’s the other way around. The offender is dangerous to the victim. Full stop.

      • http://twitter.com/JenGStarr Jennifer Starr

        More victim blaming. Kind of disgusting.

      • rogerrramjet

        Give it a rest. You can hang with someone for YEARS but the second they assault you that means NOTHING.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kenneth-Williams/100000104244858 Kenneth Williams

    Sadly I’m not surprised.

    • TJ Juckson

      Racist

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=620957721 Amy L. Keyishian

        When you scream “racist” in a case like this, you weaken the argument for other cases in which it’s really the culprit. Just so you know. So if you really care about racism, you’ll stop.

    • Dick Clark

      Why are you not surprised

  • Powkat

    I hope the school board has the good sense to fire that principal. And put the reason he was fired in his record. He should never work in a school again.

    • Dick Clark

      You don’t know the full story powcat. How about I ask your boss to fire you and ban you from whatever it is that you do?

      • uwjames

        It’s entirely possible the girl lied about everything. But even given that, you should still be incensed that an administrator would chuck out professional protocols in favor of their own bias. This is the exact same behavior that allows the felon-bankers and the corrupt-politicians (on any political persuation) to run free, while we, the American public hemorrhage blood and treasure as a result of their choices.

        Blind justice is a not an ideal of the left or the right. It is a cornerstone of democracy.

        • cjvg

          It is not entirely possible that the girl lied about every thing, in fact it is entirely unlikely that the girl lied at all.

          The rapist was found guilty of attacking another girl 2 weeks after he attacked the first girl (while under police investigation for the first assault mind you)

          The rapist was send to attend a Adolescent Sexual Offender Treatment Program for the second time for these assaults.
          The first time was for an unrelated assault, sure seems like he wants to turn this into a career!

          • uwjames

            If you are going to claim something is not possible, you should be able to prove that claim. Also, it would be wise to not contradict yourself by saying in the same sentence that the not possible thing is merely unlikely.

            That said, I was only playing the devils advocate in order to emphasize my point. That is to say, like you, I do not think the girl is lying.

          • cjvg

            I did not claim it was impossible, I claimed it was NOT ENTIRELY POSSIBLE THAT SHE LIED about everything in sentence one.
            And that it was ENTIRELY UNLIKELY THAT SHE LIED AT ALL in sentence two.

            Both mean the same thing, that she most likely spoke the truth as supported by the circumstances known.
            There is no contradiction in these sentences, read again and take your time!

            Sentence one proclaims the unlikelihood of the possibility that she is lying.
            Sentence two proclaims the likelihood of the possibility that she is speaking the truth.
            Two ways to say the same thing coming from a different angle

      • cjvg

        We know he was found guilty of a second assault within 2 weeks of the first assault and while under police investigation for the first one

        We know that he was sentenced to attend a Adolescent Sexual Offender Treatment Program for the SECOND time, the first time was for an unrelated assault.
        But you think he was innocent?!
        So does he have to beat them into the hospital first, or are you going to argue that that is because the girls liked it rough?!

      • Powkat

        I DO work at a school and if I or anyone else did what this man did he or she would be out the door. People have been fired for much less than what he did.

    • FormerFHCMama

      He was fired, but not for this issue. He was fired for having an inappropriate sexual relationship with another staff member. Doesn’t make this story so hard to believe anymore, does it?

      • Anon

        He wasn’t fired. He moved onto become Superintendent of another district.

        • FormerFHCMama

          Sorry Anon – you are wrong. He was absolutely fired. He was being “forced to resign” (aka fired); asked to leave the end of the previous year. He was (for some unknown reason) given a year to find another position – which resulted in him finding a job as a superintendent in another district. Certainly this new district was also lied to about his reason for leaving Forest Hills. The administration attempted to keep this a secret. But as usually happens, the truth comes out.

          • Anon

            If you even know this you’re another FHC parent with your head too far up your ass. Turq was a great principal and this case was just a bomb for any admin. The title could read principal helps athlete or principal expells innocent black student. You choose.

          • FormerFHCMama

            Once again Anon, you are wrong. He was (is) a very nice man, no question. But he was an ineffective principal at FHC. This situation demonstrates that in a most dramatic fashion. Most parents of that era would agree with me. And as for the title, for me, I would prefer it reflected, in appropriate language of course, fact and the truth – whatever that may be. And if you’re going to remain anonymous, perhaps you could allow others to do so as well…”He” or “The principal” would be sufficiently clear – I know who he is. And thanks for the insult. Perhaps the purchase of a mirror should be in your future. Insulting others for their posts/opinions/statements is what is wrong with this generation. Its completely unnecessary and reflects more negatively at the person flinging the insult that it does on the one you’re attempting to harm.

          • Steven Fox

            A couple of comments:

            1. “FormerFHCMama” is as anonymous as “Anon”.
            2. It’s not difficult to discover who the principal of Forest Hills Central was over the Internet. If you’re so concerned about protecting his identity, perhaps you shouldn’t be spreading the rumor about some affair at every opportunity you get.

          • FormerFHCMama

            1. Your point is? I didn’t even mention or question that.
            2. Just because someone doing research can figure it out doesn’t mean you shouldn’t respect the anonymity of this board. It is simply disrespectful.
            3. Just because you don’t happen to know the truth, doesn’t mean what I am posting is a “rumor.” What I posted is the truth – therefore it is NOT a rumor, by definition.
            4. Your postings are rude. Don’t bother directing your posts to me anymore. I won’t be responding to you.

  • Adam Nampa

    Isn’t true, girl is a skank…

    • uwjames

      Whether or not you are right does not matter. The administrator did not do his job, which is to objectively ascertain the truth. Such corruption should concern any dedicated parent or honorable student associated with the school.

    • cjvg

      So the second girl is a skank too?!
      What a coincidence that this rapist keeps running into skanks in private, in sound proof band rooms!
      Also, how strange that the rapist was sentenced to attend Kent County’s Adolescent Sexual Offender Treatment Program for a second time!!!!! if he was soooo inoccent

      Seems to me you are the seem kind of skank as the rapist and would rather that your little activities continue to be swiped under the rug instead of prosecuted like the felonies they are!

      • Anne_Hedonia

        You are awesome. Thanks. I’m not clicking ‘show comment’ on the one you’re replying to, because I’m sure it contains some rage-inducing malicious insulting of the victim.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=620957721 Amy L. Keyishian

      Adam, I feel sorry for you in your ignorance and shame.

    • http://www.facebook.com/cheri.carpenter.lundstrom Cheri Carpenter-Lundstrom

      I don’t care if the girl charged for blow jobs on the side, if she told him no, he had no right to touch her. You are a moron. No one has the right to touch another person in a sexual manner without permission at any time. In Indiana a husband can be charged with forcible rape, any woman has the right to say NO! What she did with someone else or even what she did with him yesterday does not apply to him today. I thought we got rid of this misogynistic BS in the 70′s. It goes both ways as well, a couple of girls were charged with sexual assault of a young man two years ago in Valpo.

      • Steve Webber

        I hope you get syphilis

        • http://www.facebook.com/Feral.9.Hex Carla Clark

          Sorry, the most likely one to get syphilis would be you. Because Cheri actually CARES about herself.

    • MatthewJamesGoodwin

      Want some candy little boy.

  • sailor

    Be careful. This report is not totally correct.

    • Evan Grantham-Brown

      There was enough evidence for prosecutors to file felony charges, and for the boy to plead to a lesser charge rather than face a jury.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=620957721 Amy L. Keyishian

      What’s inaccurate, then?

      • sailor

        Several quick items. This article states that the school did nothing. 1. The school did notify the police the very afternoon that school officials became aware of this issue. 2. The school did not investigate further because the police officials asked them not to while there was an official police investigation underway. 3. The boy involved was not punished at this time because of the investigation. It was unclear what happened. 4. The police handed the investigation to the district attorney, and it was five months before charges were filed. 5. The boy was yanked from the basketball team immediately upon receiving those charges.
        I’m not defending this boy. I suspect that he is very guilty. However, schools have procedures to follow. Students cannot be expelled because they are suspected of wrongdoing.
        The big sin here is that the girl should have received more support. The harassment she received is inexcusable and school officials should have turned over every possible rock to locate the slimy perpetrators.

    • FormerFHCMama

      sailor, why does it seem that you are protecting the principal here? He was, in fact, ultimately fired for another equally disgusting transgression – that of having an inappropriate relationship with another faculty member. This district has a history of failing to investigate allegations of many kinds and cover ups. There is NO WAY the police department asked the school not to do its own investigation and even if they did, it was their responsibility to “politely” refuse, since it was their legal, moral and social requirement to do so. Sailor, I can’t quite figure you out… What is your association and what exactly are you afraid of? The truth? Justice? Bad press?

      • sailor

        I’m not afraid of anything. I have no dog in this fight. I’m not protecting the principal. I just don’t care to hear about the principals’ alleged affairs. It has nothing to do with this, and I don’t understand why you insist on repeatedly throwing this non-issue into this conversation.
        I have sympathy fo the girl, contempt for the boy.
        I am simply pointing out that the author of this article is only telling part of the truth. She wishes to make the school district look bad; therefore, she ignores the actions taken by the officials and simply says that “nothing” was done. That is a lie. I suspect she knows it is a lie.

        I’m trying to deal with truth – at least the truth as I know it – and not innuendo, rumors, or jumps to judgement.

        • FormerFHCMama

          The purpose of calling out why the principal left is simply to illustrate this districts tendency to cover up issues like this versus appropriately dealing with them, as well to clear up any question as to why he did leave – which several posters brought up. To simply say that he “left” or “doesn’t work for the district anymore” doesn’t address the truth, and therefore it is NOT a “non-issue.”

          I too am dealing with the truth as I know it. Just like you. So like you are “asking” of me, you should demonstrate with clear fact how it is you know that “nothing” was done – in as far as what this article and the lawsuit states. It seems to me that we are both experiencing the same thing I fear. We both believe what we’ve stated is true and has relevance, but cannot demonstrate with the written word how it is that we “know” that. So we then are both skeptical of each other’s assertions. So perhaps we just leave it at that.

          • sailor

            Obviously, the people involved did not do enough to protect this girl from harassment after the incident. That is indeed the issue here. But to say that the school did nothing is simply not accurate. I posted above some of the actions taken by the school district. Although I do not know this as fact, I would assume that these decisions were made with the knowledge of the superintendent. These are not the types of decisions made by a principal.

            I think we will find that the district is not hiding or covering up anything in this incident. This entire case was investigated by the federal Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights. This is a matter of public record and has been written about in publications more dependable than this woman’s blog. My understanding is that the OCR found that overall the school district responded correctly to this situation. Areas that could have been handled better were pointed out.

            It may seem that issues are hidden or covered up because school district officials do not talk about this in public. These are two underage kids. This is a personal matter, and they have the right to privacy. I for one do not want the district issuing press releases about these two juveniles.

            I repeat one final time that my only reason for posting here is that this blogger is playing fast and loose with the truth. I felt the need to add some truth to her purposeful omissions I’ve said pretty much all I care to say about this. I won’t be back.

          • AmosBurritt

            Even if you won’t be back, I just wanted to thank you for all those clarifications. This is a good example of why comments on stories are so valuable in getting to the truth.

            I take pride in critically examining the stuff I read, and obviously failed in this case. The mistake I made, which I see after rereading the article, was in first skimming the article, seeing “2010″ at the beginning, and then, at the end reading “Unfortunately for students at Forest Hills Central High School, their administration doesn’t seem to understand that duty trumps potential college athletic recruitment.” If the author had used the term “didn’t,” then that would have been at least a small step down the road to discussing what really happened. However, her use of the present tense was inexcusable, and of course would have required that she actually discuss what transpired at the school following this incident, rather than clearly implying that nothing did.

            The author was thus either writing about a story she had no real knowledge of, or was just lying as to what really transpired during this incident in order to make a baseless accusation.

            Assuming that your clarifications are correct, I hope that Alternet views her as a persona non grata when it comes to future articles on this site.

            Thanks again for your comments.

          • Anne_Hedonia

            AmosBurritt – don’t assume his/her “clarifications” are correct. They were almost completely incorrect. See my lengthy (but well-researched) reply to PJ above. There is no editorial culprit; the author was reporting facts that are easily found online in the court documents on this case. I found them – surely you’d think PJ would bother to look them up, since he/she seems to be intent on spreading disinformation, for reasons known only to him/herself.

          • AmosBurritt

            Again, the reason an open comment section is so valuable at getting closer to the facts. Thank you as well. :-)

          • Anne_Hedonia

            That is simply not true. FHC was found to be in ‘gross non-compliance’ with Title IX, in regard to its ‘deliberate indifference’ in regard to the investigation; and in regard to FHC’s lack of a grievance process, and several other points of Title IX law.

            - The principal did NOT “report promptly”, as you have implied. On Nov. 4, 2010, the plaintiffs met with the principal to report and discuss the matter. He advised them that the accused boy was a “star player”, a School of Choice student, and was being scouted by Division 1. He then warned that a legal investigation would split the school down racial lines, since the boy is African American and the girl is white. He told the parents to “take some time and think through” whether they wanted the incident reported to the police.

            - The parents believed the principal was hinting that he would prefer they NOT report the incident to the police.

            - However, on Nov. 5 2010, the parents of the girl told the principal they wanted to report to the police, as they were afraid the boy would attack more girls.

            - Which he did, on Nov. 20, 2010.

            - Even after this second report of assault, within the same month as the first, by a student with a prior RECORD of sex offenses, the district conducted NO investigation into attack #2. Including: They never interviewed the plaintiff or her parents. Took no notes. They admit this.

            - Although he claimed to be “investigating the incident thoroughly”, the principal you’re defending took NO NOTES when the plaintiff repeatedly came to him after the attack to complain of further harassment; took NO NOTES when several students approached him with information (i.e., potential evidence) about the first attack, and took NO NOTES of what he saw when he watched the camera surveillance footage of the hallway near the band room around the time of the attack. Nothing.

            - The School District admitted that it, too, kept no notes from ANY interview – not the plaintiff, not the boy, and none of the witnesses.

            - The School District’s Title IX Coordinator? She also took no notes, questioned no one; in fact, admits that she conducted “no investigation at all”.

            - You might say this is because there was a legal investigation in process. That’s false. The Kent County police had encouraged the school officials to continue with their own investigation, according to court documents. The principal and the other school officials repeatedly said that they WERE investigating. Thoroughly. That was obviously not true, by their own account.

            - Finally, on three separate dates after December 1, 2010, responding to the plaintiff’s parents’ inquiries, the officials of the School District – including the principal – told them that their investigation had been “inconclusive” (funny how that happens, when you’re doing nothing to investigate) – so they couldn’t reveal the “details”. (because, obviously, there were no details).

            Everything I wrote above is a matter of public record. As is the fact that, rather than being kicked off the team, as you said, the player was “benched for a short period of time”. When the plaintiff’s parents found this out, they filed a Notice of Intent to sue FHSD for violating their Title IX-required Athletic Code of Conduct.

            When the boy’s mother found out about the suit, SHE threatened her own lawsuit against the school. The FHSD reached a secret “negotiated conclusion” to her suit, under which she agreed not to sue. He stayed on the team.

            Yes, OCR conducted an investigation – but your statement “My understanding is that the OCR found that overall the school district ***responded correctly to this situation***” (emphasis mine) couldn’t be more mistaken. Where on earth did you get THAT information? Here’s what the OCR had to say about the FHSD and this incident – directly from the court documents:

            Doe_v._forest_hills_complaint_no._13-428.pdf

            Line 89: “OCR investigated and found by a preponderance of the evidence that the District failed to promptly and appropriately respond to alleged sexual harassment in violation of Title IX requirements.”

            Line 91: “OCR also found that the District’s grievance procedures did not comply with Title IX requirements.”

            I am now dropping the mic and walking off stage.

            OCR investigated and found by a preponderance of the evidence that the
            District failed to promptly and appropriately respond to alleged sexual
            harassment in violation of Title IX requirements.

    • Anne_Hedonia

      - Of course there was strong and ample evidence of wrongdoing on his part, but thanks for playing.
      - You say the student was ‘permanently removed’ from the basketball team; all the reports I’ve read said that he was ‘benched for a few games’ – which is true? How do you know?
      - Harassment in the hallways should be dealt with severely and immediately? You mean – without EVIDENCE of it happening? You mean, just on the say-so of the person who was harassed?? DO YOU EVEN HEAR YOURSELF???
      - And finally PJ stands for Principal Justifier.

  • Stev84

    Society needs to stop glorifying these future burger flippers. The attention and money high school sports gets is completely ridiculous.

  • SadAlum

    I’m an alumni of this school, and while I wasn’t there during this particular case, I can tell you that this district (and the town it’s located in) is culturally and politically conservative. We got the traditional abstinence only education (sex will get you pregnant/give you AIDS/emotionally scar you for life), and it was only when I left for college that I discovered how unprepared I was for healthy physical relationships. I don’t know the details of this case, but the whole school district is wrapped in a culture that treats women as responsible for sex all while it refuses to talk about it. If this girl had been taught how to say yes, she would have been listened to when she said no.

    • Dick Clark

      Please explain what you mean about her saying yes and no. Please forgive me but you seem literate!

      • SadAlum

        If you’re really interested in learning more, there’s a great book called Yes Means Yes.

        • Dick Clark

          Do you have a copy I can borrow?

      • http://www.facebook.com/Feral.9.Hex Carla Clark

        Uh, what? It was clear as day. Are you unable to understand such simple concepts as yes and no?

    • TJ Juckson

      That, my friend, was on of the stupidest things I have ever read. Please reevaluate your life.

      • rogerrramjet

        I think maybe YOU should look in the mirror, throw your computer away and get yous some edumacation.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=558403898 Brenda Ronnebaum

      I understand what you’re saying (and I am quite shocked at the 2 replies to your comment). I know nothing of this case except what I read in this article, but I do know that no means no, and yes means yes. Your post makes a whole lot of sense to me. Thanks for sharing your experience.

    • student

      As a student from FHC, now in college, I completely agree….. This whole article is sickening.

    • kurtsteinbach

      The school violated civil ch or how little evidence)and criminal statutes. Schools are not ruled by state law when it comes to molestation and rape. It is school law 101. When allegations of molestation or rape are reported to a teacher, you no longer report it to the principal. That was the law until 2005. Since then, the law is you report the incident (no matter how much or how little evidence) of molestation, rape, or abuse whether by a tstudent, a parent, a teacher, administrator, or staff, directly to either police or Child Service. You don’t report it to school security, or the board, or even the Mayor. You report it to Child Services (every state has a toll free number now) or to the Police. Who else you report it to is up to the teacher, but you must report it to one of those two agencies when a minor student is suspected of being raped, molested, or abused regardless of the level of evidence, and regardless of whether you know or just suspect. It is Law for Teachers 101 and is part of every Teacher Education Program; it is also part of Teacher In Service that Teachers get at faculty meetings, the kind that you must sign that you have completed. The teacher, school, principal, administrators, school district, and school board are all legally liable. They should all be sued, and they could all be tried on criminal charges. At the very least, the Principal and Superintendent should be fired ands have their Certification revoked. Those who bullied her should also be sued for violation of her Civil Right, including the parents of the students involved in the bullying and harassment after the rape.

    • Jenni W

      Unfortunately your comment implies that the sexual assault was the fault of someone (or some educational process) other than the actual offender violating the young woman. It is ridiculous to assert that she was not “listened to when she said no” because she did not have the correct sex education, as if somehow a different health lesson would have prevented the crime. You are in effect treating the woman as responsible, although you seem to be saying that the shool culture should not do so.

      • SadAlum

        You’re absolutely correct: we should not treat women as responsible for rape, and it was not my intention to apply that they are. I was trying to reference the response to her speaking out, both from the administration and her peers. I’m concerned that the curriculum is a problem because it teaches offenders that the absence of a strong “no” means yes, and also because it paints a picture of victim as allowing the assault to happen. I’m really sorry if I gave the impression that I believe the victim was responsible for what happened.

  • http://www.facebook.com/patti.kintz.1 Patti Kintz

    He probably left because of the incident but he and the board (probably) gave a different reason. Basically they covered for him. Pretty sick stuff. I’m not a big believer in lawsuits but in this case I hope both sets of parents sue the school district. And believe me in Michigan this will hurt. Our horrible governor/legislature is ruining public education so another hit will not be good. But they don’t seem to want to understand that they are supposed to protect ALL students not just the athletes or other certain students. I hope the two young women are doing better and I wish them a peaceful and secure life.

  • Dick Clark

    Why is this just resurfacing now? Seems fishy! If I were raped I would sue as soon as possible! Seems like this girl is just trying to cash in and scam the government! Money is the root of all evil!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=620957721 Amy L. Keyishian

      you don’t know what you would do if you were raped. you should thank god for that and stop judging these TWO young women (so far).

  • TJ Juckson

    If you have ever seen this girl, y’all would understand that there is no way he raped her. I wouldn’t touch her with a 10 foot pole and I know he wouldn’t either.

    • Dick Clark

      TJ the article said this this girl was a victim of cyber bullying, I feel like you are making matters worse when you say s*** like this

    • uwjames

      True ugliness can only be revealed by our words and deeds. Thank you for demonstrating this fact, TJ.

    • cjvg

      And what about the second girl he was convicted of assaulting?

      And how about the fact that he was sentenced to attend an Adolescent Sexual Offender Treatment Program for the SECOND time (the first time was unrelated to these assaults)?
      All just a misunderstanding right, you are really a nice guy who did not do anything

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=620957721 Amy L. Keyishian

      TJ, do you think ugly women can’t be raped? Rape is about power, not sexual attraction. And in years to come, you’re going to think of the actions you took here and elsewhere, in blaming this girl rather than being a gentleman, and you will feel ashamed. At least, I hope for your sake that that is the case.

  • uwjames

    Some people are focussing on the guilt or innocence of the male student. But this is not really the point of the story. This is the point:

    “But rather than open an investigation into the allegations, the principal discouraged the student and her parents from filing charges, telling them that doing so could ruin the [accused] assailant’s prospects at being recruited to play basketball for a Division 1 school.”

    Regardless of your opinion on the truth of the accusation, this deliberate act of malfeasance by the administrator should outrage anybody who cares about education. There is no hope for our schools if we can not trust our admins to act with integrity and objectivity.

    • FormerFHCMama

      This particular administrator was a coward and completely useless. He should have been fired long before he was. When he was ultimately asked to leave, it was the result of having an inappropriate (is there anything that would be considered appropriate???) sexual relationship with another staff member. It took the district a year to remove him for this transgression. Seems the district leadership needs to be put under the microscope. They knew about what was going on with this case, and the situation that ultimately caused his termination, and did nothing with the first, and waited a year to act on the second to allow him to find another job. He should have been walked to the door.

      • RepubAnon

        If the administrator sought to cover up one rape allegation, and went on to sexually harass a staff member – I’d say it reflected a belief that using one’s power to force others into a sexual relationship was appropriate and normal behavior. If proven, the administrator should be charged as an accessory after the fact, convicted, and required to register as a sex offender.

    • RepubAnon

      In criminal law, isn’t the principal an accessory after the fact to rape?

  • Anon

    I think it should be noted that he is black.

    • Dez

      So?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=620957721 Amy L. Keyishian

      And?

    • http://www.facebook.com/cheri.carpenter.lundstrom Cheri Carpenter-Lundstrom

      Why should it be noted that he is black? Because white boys can’t play basketball or what? People who hide behind Anon don’t get an opinion. The majority of sex offenders in the Indiana sex offender camp are white if it makes a difference.

  • Dick Clark

    Stop jumping to conclusions! The school and administrators are innocent until proven guilty in the court of law!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=620957721 Amy L. Keyishian

      As the alleged rapist would have been, if anyone had bothered to bring this to the attention of law enforcement. See how that works?

      • sailor

        School officials notified police the same afternoon that they were made aware of the situation.

    • http://twitter.com/Eristae Eristae

      The rapist plead guilty. He has been proven guilty in a court of law by his own sword admission.

  • http://twitter.com/JenGStarr Jennifer Starr

    An awful lot of comments here seem to be blaming and attacking the victim and defending the rapist. Wonder if we’re being invaded by some of the high-schoolers–probably the same ones responsible for the cyber-bullying.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=620957721 Amy L. Keyishian

      i think it’s quite clear that we are.

    • rogerrramjet

      Yep that is what is happening. Some seem to feel that because she knew him and talked to him that she was “asking for it”. Just wait until it happens to one of their daughters and then get back to us. Losers.

  • student

    You clearly just want to make a juicy story for the audience that perpetuates your income. Do some real journalism and interview those involved instead of a one sided argument. I attended the school as this instance was going on and personally, absolutely hate the alleged rapist. He was always a jerk in school and didn’t ever do any of his work. That being said, I also personally know the two girls that not many people were very fond of, and were also starving for attention. This whole thing is farce. I sincerely hope that the accused does not have his complete life ruined by a phony charge…. Being from the school district, the parents that raised the kids around me thought they were superior to people of less economic and social means. Playing basketball was probably the only hope that kid had in the world to get out of his poor upbringing and lousy economic situation. It’s a shame people like you, who run this site, believe whatever will get you paid. God help us all.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=620957721 Amy L. Keyishian

      Girls who are “starved for attention” are the easiest targets. Guys can take advantage, and in the aftermath, nobody believes them. Think about what you said here for a second. Then ask yourself why a second girl came forward.

    • FormerFHCMama

      student – this lawsuit is about what the school and district administration didn’t do to investigate. The fact that the alleged offender came from a poor upbringing and lousy economic situation is also irrelevant. In fact, your entire post is irrelevant.

    • http://twitter.com/JenGStarr Jennifer Starr

      Lots of kids have poor upbringings and don’t assault women. Quit making excuses.

    • http://twitter.com/Eristae Eristae

      So, wanting attention and being disliked makes one immune to rape? My goodness! If only I had known this earlier. Alert the anti-rape squad: girls can make themselves safe from rape by wanting attention and being unpopular! Woo!

      I find it ridiculously telling that you talk about how the rapist’s life is ruined because he lost his “only hope” “go get out of his poor upbringing and lousy economic situation” while saying nothing about the future of the girl whose life he ruined by RAPING HER. And you want poo poo about “phony charges?” He PLEAD GUILTY. He admitted it. He swore in a court of law that he did it. But somehow we’re supposed to pretend that he isn’t a rapist because maybe he lied in a court of law? That is absurdly flimsy grounds.

    • cjvg

      So what about that previous assault that he was convicted off before he committed these two assaults?
      Again an attention starved girl?
      He sure keeps running into them doesn’t he?
      Yeah, your excuses do not hold up

    • http://www.facebook.com/Feral.9.Hex Carla Clark

      “It’s a shame people like you, who run this site, believe whatever will get you paid. God help us all.”

      Kinda like what this student did with his athletic career? ZING!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Asbrandr Ian Reeve

    This is disgusting and leaves a lump in my throat. I have always had disgust for ‘Merican culture and this is simply one more log in that massive, ever growing wildfire. As an american i am sicked, saddened, and terrified that our once “Shining city upon a hill” will truly never again be such, and for the rest of history we are going to be the sewer drain of the 1st world.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gayle.lin Gayle Gardner Lin

    Where’s the school board in all of this? They’re the ones who hire and fire. No wonder girls are killing themselves. Just count up the number of people who either dropped the ball or mistreated the victim after the fact. It must feel awfully lonesome to be abused or ignored after you’ve been victimized.
    The court also failed her by letting the perp cop a plea, especially with his past history.

  • Dick Clark

    Rape is a sick crime that should be denounced whenever possible, but when a particularly unjust case strikes close to home I feel obligated to denounce it publicly. Although I attended Forest Hills Eastern, Forest Hills Central High School was in the same district, under the same overall administration – and it is currently under scrutiny for turning a blind eye to a star athlete criminally convicted of raping a student.

    One of my closest friends attended Forest Hills Central at the same time as the alleged rapist; he and his friends committed some drunk antics at a basketball game – and they were punished pretty severely. The rapist they were cheering for on the hardwood however, for being criminally convicted of rape – he was benched for a few games. This double standard has been seen over and over in male sports where a lot of pride and money is at stake.

    We’ve seen many college athletes commit rape and get away with nothing more than a slap on the wrist. We’ve seen coaches sexually abuse children for over a decade, while the coaching staff turns a blind eye. We’ve seen Rutgers protect try to defend it’s coach who abused his athletes until the national outcry for him to be fired was too great.

    This all points to an underlying current in American culture – that the money and the glory derived from presiding over a winning men’s sports team in football and basketball is more important than… anything. The athletes and coaches can rape and drive drunk and do whatever the hell the want because they are above the law.

    I know there is a lot of ambiguity about the specifics of the Forest Hills Central case, and thats not what I’m here to argue. I’m here to argue that high school and college sports embody the tendency of Americans to put money and glory over human dignity.

    Its wrong.
    I hope every single person who reads this does something to help curtail this trend at their respective institution.

    • http://twitter.com/JenGStarr Jennifer Starr

      Well said. Thank you.

      • Dick Clark

        You are very welcome, Jennifer!

    • FormerFHCMama

      You know Dick, this was very well said, and I completely agree with you. While I was reading your post, I couldn’t help but think that it supports my belief about the reasons FHC accepted this student in the first place. He was a “School of Choice” student. Each student who applies under this program has their entire record to date available for review. FHC had to have known about his prior criminal record, yet, one can only presume, because of his basketball ability, FHC took him anyway. And in doing so put the entire student body at risk – including two of my children at the time. I’m sure there was some commentary by the decision makers about how “everyone deserves a second chance” or something equally “justifiable” Makes me sick. A student who has a criminal record especially one involving sexual crimes should NEVER be allowed to participate in the schools of choice program. Period.

  • Steve Webber

    There’s a reason why we live in a patriarchy. Women are minorities. Us men are entitled to power over females… While I’m not saying rape is encouraged, I do believe it is acceptable. I sure hope these charges get dropped and this athlete has a shot to make his dreams a reality, and that is to play division 1 basketball.

    • Anon

      Steve,

      I am a pediatrician that specializes in the primary care of child age rape victims.

      On a daily basis I deal with daughters who had fathers with sentiments just like yours.

      The pain these children go through is not even possible to display in words.

      You are very sick and I hope the Lord can save you.

      Best,

      Dr. Ballsack

      • FormerFHCMama

        I sure hope you aren’t what you say you are. But then again ‘posing’ as a doctor is just as bad.

    • cjvg

      Maybe one day you will have the pleasure of enjoying these joys of a patriarchal society while in prison.
      Rape is not encouraged there also, but it is acceptable by the men in that society.
      You seem like you would be part of the women there, i’m sure you’ll like it

      • Steve Webber

        I pray that you don’t have a daughter

        • cjvg

          Why, because I would teach her that your attitude is not acceptable and that men like you should never be given the time of day?

          Oh yeah and if you think it would be acceptable for you to force yourself on her that it is acceptable that she makes sure you will never do that again to any other woman?!

          Yes. i’m sure you would not like it if women start treating men like you that way.

          PS women are in the majority, but men are just more aggressive and continue to pass laws that keep them in power.
          However, more women then men are college graduates now, eventually the majority of the qualified and educated work force are going to be women and then we will have a chance at true equality.

          • edtastic

            “PS women are in the majority, but men are just more aggressive and continue to pass laws that keep them in power.”

            What laws have men passing to keep men in power? That’s a damn lie and this gender war mentality is sickening. When will feminists mature and knock it off. Men aren’t out to get you and you should be smart enough to figure that out if you weren’t so blinded by a general hate for men.

            Equality doesn’t mean every man is going to kiss your butt or agree with you and it won’t mean rape won’t happen or people won’t get unwanted sexual attention. We have equality in practical terms and whatever fine tuning is done relates more to class than any other imagined division.

          • cjvg

            However it will mean that more then 2-3% of rapist will go to jail for their crime!!!

            I don’t hate men, but now i’m talking about real men, not sad little excesses of men who are so scared and insecure that they have to continue to excuse rape and violence against women as acceptable and really not so bad.

            Men who do not think that ensuring that at least 1 in 6 women or girls will be raped ensures the proper amount of respect for men.

          • edtastic

            The low rate of conviction is inevitable when the crime has little or no evidence other than the accusers testimony. That isn’t evidence beyond a reasonable doubt. You’d rather blame the “patriarchy” like a well trained outrage monkey with all purpose scapegoat.

            “Let me clarify that, i’m talking about real men, not sad little excesses of men who are so scared and insecure that they have to continue to excuse rape and violence against women as acceptable and really not so bad.”

            Ironically you demonstrate how you exploit patriarchal expectations to control men through emasculation. I’d rather we all appeal to our common humanity instead gender roles.

            The rape stats should have nothing to do with respect for men in general. As you well know I consider that the logic of bigots and I don’t think you’re are above being one.

            You are a hater looking for an excuse to hate. You won’t stop until you realize hate is wrong. Criminal issues can stand on their own without gender being blamed.

          • http://profiles.google.com/evenablindsquirrel Seth Lee Abrams

            Great points well taken — once again.

            Thank you, edtastic.

          • cjvg

            For what, being a complete and utter hypocrite that blissfully condones a man that states: “Us men are entitled to power over females… While I’m not saying rape is encouraged, I do believe it is acceptable. I sure hope these charges get dropped and this athlete has a shot to make his dreams a reality, and that is to play division 1 basketball.”

            But feels that a woman who wishes the maker of that statement the experience of having that attitude applied to him is sexist?
            Yeah, really why should a man have to live with the same attitude as he finds acceptable for females to live with!

            Any woman proposing that is just inhumane and evil, right?!
            Except I was not the one who finds that attitude acceptable, nope that is steve and ed!!!

            The inhumane cruelty how dare I wish him the same experience as the one he finds acceptable for women to have!
            Gosh, next thing you know I’m going to propose that any who rape him should not suffer any consequences from that crime (just like he did)

            Really call that female to order how dare she, ed is so right calling out any who would criticize that perfectly acceptable statement.

            Do you know what the word hypocrite means?

            Take a look in the mirror

          • http://www.facebook.com/Feral.9.Hex Carla Clark

            Yes, I saw the number of lovely replies you left me on the other thread, eddie boy. Ain’t gonna read them, because I know they’re just full of vitriol about how all your privileges being taken away.

            “The low rate of conviction is inevitable when the crime has little or no
            evidence other than the accusers testimony. That isn’t evidence beyond
            a reasonable doubt. You’d rather blame the “patriarchy” like a well
            trained outrage monkey with all purpose scapegoat.”

            Do you want to know WHY the crime has very little evidence, because women are too afraid to come forward, because of assholes like you. Even when there are cases with lots of evidence men still get off scot-free, or with a slap of the wrist, because, like you, our justice system is not free of the belief that all women are just asking for it. In rape, VICTIMS get penalized not perpetrators. You JUST DEMONSTRATED THAT, by making no comment towards Steven Fox. DERP.

            “Ironically you demonstrate how you exploit patriarchal expectations to
            control men through emasculation. I’d rather we all appeal to our common
            humanity instead gender roles. ”

            How is telling a man that he should experience the same thing as he JUST WISHED ON A WOMAN, emasculation? Seriously, are you that much of an idiot? Either he just gave evidence of patriarchal expectations, or you should be condemning him for his own comments towards women. Since you’re not, that’s just more proof of your privilege AND the patriarchy, moron. Whoops. Appealing to humanity works for you, because you get to retain your privileges while being able to deny them to women. Misogynist.

          • edtastic

            “Yes,
            I saw the number of lovely replies you left me on the other thread, eddie boy.
            Ain’t gonna read them, because I know they’re just full of vitriol about how all
            your privileges being taken away.”

            OK… BYE!

          • cjvg

            Apparently NOT for you since the only time you feel compelled to preach against gender violence is when that violence might be directed at a man!

            However completely inhuman and severely gender specific violence promoting and accepting statements literally directed at females as a whole get a pass without even a second glance.

            Even the direct and multiple calls to make even the smallest’s of protest to the statement promoting acceptance and normalization of violence specifically directed at females are pointedly ignored!

            The same can not be said any commenter who dares to call for those men who promote gender specific violence to be forced to live with the consequences of his own attitude.

            So why is it acceptable to promote and normalize gender violence but not for those who do this, to experience life under their own attitudes?

            I am not saying that all men should experience this because i’am obviously not a hypocritical sexist like ed, no i’m saying that steve should live his own words!

            That would be the ONLY not hypocritical thing to do and would be gender neutral !

            However, that would require moral honesty and apparently you and steve are severely lacking

          • cjvg

            “respect for men in general”

            As opposed to respect for females in general by making statements promoting rape as acceptable behavior?
            Or by calling for no punishment or even the slightest inconvenience to the rapist for his criminal act?

            That kind of respect that you find so acceptable!?

            Yeah, I see no man here, nothing to do with patriarchal expectations.
            I just see a pathetic excuse of a human that self identifies as a man to the horror and disgust of en here.

            Why are you just throwing out some popular completely inappropriate buss words all over?
            Do you know what patriarchal expectations even mean?

            Those are the societal concepts that have traditionally promoted and excuses rape, how would that be used to emasculate men?
            You are not even making sense, you need to learn to construct a reasonable and coherent argument.

            So now you claim that patriarchal attitudes are used to emasculate men?
            So how did I single handedly completely invert the concept of patriarchy so that it is now emasculating?!

            By insisting that he and you are responsible for what comes out of your mouth?
            By insisting that any criminal act that he feels is acceptable and should be expected by a female to be perpetrated upon her, is acceptable to be perpetrated upon him?

            Well if you feel that being told that it is NOT acceptable to rape a female, nor should a female expect to be raped without consequences to the rapist, is emasculating then you are the sorriest excuse have ever seen.
            male

          • edtastic

            “Do you know what patriarchal expectations even mean?

            Those are the societal concepts that have traditionally promoted and excuses rape, how would that be used to emasculate men?”

            You don’t seem to understand what it means. A patriarchal expectation is any traditional expectation for either gender under male dominated systems. It’s not reduced to whatever negative aspect of male behavior you choose to highlight at the moment. Excusing rape was not it’s purpose and in fact patriarchal societies took rape quite seriously even if they excluded things such a marital rape. The penalty for such crimes was often death. You might argue about this being a matter of property protection but that’s ignoring the very real love between men and women.

            Emasculation itself is of patriarchal origin. What’s the female equivalent Being called manly? To be attacked for failing to adhere to your assigned traditional gender role is still a common line of attack used by feminists against men hence the frequent use of emasculation. The males courage, strength, love of women, ability to get women, and his ability to provide are all called into question in these attacks.

            To suggest he be raped or in a environment where men are often raped is such an attack but I take issue with it because it implies rape should be used as punishment.

            “Well if you feel that being told that it is NOT acceptable to rape a female, nor should a female expect to be raped without consequences to the rapist, is emasculating then you are the sorriest excuse have ever seen.male”

            So you respond with another attempt at emasculation? Sorry excuse for a man? We know that’s what you meant.

          • cjvg

            Yeah, the “real” love between man and women!

            Pretty self centered to argue that accepting the violation of another as defined by how hurtful or damaging that is to you!

            It is total BS, a “man” that loves his daughter does not sell her to the highest bidder regardless of how she feels about it, a man who’s wife is raped does not accept a monetary bribe and feels hunky-dory about it!

            I love my spouse and my children, that is the reason that it would never occure to me to define a physical assault upon my children or my spouse strictly as economic damage done to me!
            In one aspect you are right however, I guess I was so wrapped up in your male uber alles scenario that I missed that you were actually pretending to be a human.
            Correction;”you are the sorriest excuse for a human I have ever seen”
            Still not one single line of condemnation from you on the original statement in which females are reduced to rape material, and rape is deemed normal and acceptable behavior that should not be punished, for a male!
            However any female calling for this man to live by the same sword as he finds acceptable for women should be persecuted and name called by you.
            That in it self very clearly demonstrates your out sized male entitlement complex and completely hypocritical attitude.
            You are so extremely boring and one-sided that I can write your responses for you.
            Let me save you some time; “Feminist blah blah, males are being emasculated blah blab, males are loving and courageous and only occasional rape but that is because women file false reports blah blah, feel sorry for poor mistreated under valued men blah, blah, women have so much blah blah.”
            There see were done, women are all evil and those poor men should be allowed to make uninterrupted rape apologies and call it normal behavior, as long as were strictly talking about raping women and girls of course!
            You served your use as the defender of male rapist everywhere, feel proud!

          • edtastic

            Predictable…

            You have a problem with hating men and your ideology drives you to do it. It might be time to reconsider your world view so you don’t have to hate half the people in it.

            I condemn the comment. Happy? Of course not because you need to keep shaming men to maintain your sense of control over them. Men care in spite of nasty activist like you not because of them. It’s time you learn that because we’ve had to put up with people like you for far too long. You are demanding respect while giving NONE.

          • cjvg

            Whooo, name calling and personal insults all while screeching away about me demanding respect?!
            You are so delusional and dishonest!
            You have effectively become the stereotypical caricature of the rape denier against al logic and reason!

            Calling out the truth does not equate to hating men, it equates to hating rapists, but that very important little detail is just nothing to you!

            You are the one who goes out of their way to troll each and every rape story to claim it is disrespectful and hateful to men to insist that the rapist get punished?!

            You are so incredibly one dimensional and illogical that encountering your nonsensical men, men ,men uber all, you hate men you are a feminist you hate men diatribes are just cringe inducing in its inanity and BS.
            Would you suggest we do not punish rapist that rape men either, or is that finally enough for you to consider rape a crime?
            You are so deprived and inane in your illogical and dishonest accusations that I have had enough of this drivel.

            Oh by the way, condemning the statement actually requires that you do that to the statement maker, not me.
            I see you have not done so, after all he is one of your precious rape excuser’s.
            You need those so you do not feel like the scum you are by denying that rape is a crime as long as it is “only” a female that is raped!

            You are blocked from my inbox

          • cjvg

            Please learn to read, and sop trying to create your own reality!

          • cjvg

            Ah, the much used and exalted non argument of personal insults and insinuations of faulty morals, so favored by those without reasonable and legit arguments!

        • http://twitter.com/JenGStarr Jennifer Starr

          I pray you don’t.

      • edtastic

        You basically saying he should enjoy getting raped in prison and that’s messed up. Again we see how having a female only focus reduces the ability to empathize with male suffering. Your not taking male rape seriously and you should.

        • cjvg

          However, you have no problem with the original statement that elicited this response!

          That says volumes about you!
          Empathy is apparently only a requirement from women for men in your little world.

          A man stating that rape of females is acceptable is in no way remarkable and did not even elicit enough of a frown to comment upon.

          But low and behold a response to the extremely offensive original statement (in which the rape apologist and accepting man is wished the experience of spending some time in a place were he can make an intimate acquaintance with the vile reality of his acceptance of rape as OK) must be met with sexism and accusations of not taking male rape seriously?!

          Really, you dare to infer that wishing a man who considers rape acceptable, an intimate experience with his own attitude is more horrendous then that attitude ?!
          You are so ridiculously arrogant with your certainty that men should never have to suffer under the same attitudes and violence that these same men find perfectly acceptable for women.
          Go troll somewhere else, this is all you ever do, find a rape story and start whining that men are treated so badly because we are not accepting of female rape.
          iginal

          • edtastic

            I’m calling you out for being a hypocrite. You don’t wish rape on people as a punishment, it’s that simple. If not you validate evils like corrective rape, rape as a terror weapon and lots of other horrible things we’ve both read about.

            You seem to be of the impression rape is fine so long as you don’t like the person being raped. I don’t want to live in world like that.

          • cjvg

            Really, i’m a hypocrite for whishing him the experience of living in a world he finds perfectly acceptable for women and girls to live in?

            A vile and inhuman statement that ” validate evils like corrective rape, rape as a terror weapon” illustrates his complete acceptance of these things!

            But, hey, don’t let your own words strangle you!
            Still have made not one single small peep of mild condemnation

            original statement made I see!

            After all, it is only when an “uppity woman” wishes for a man to live with the same consequences of the attitude that he finds so acceptable for females to live with, that you become incensed.

            Sure,you use your little

          • cjvg

            Hey ed, lets just do a little experiment here!

            “There’s a reason why we live in a matriarchy. Man are minorities. Us women are entitled to power over males… While I’m not saying rape is encouraged, I do believe it is acceptable. I sure hope these charges get dropped and this female athlete has a shot to make her dreams a reality, and that is to play division 1 basketball.”

            Still have no problem with it?

            You must not since you found it perfectly acceptable when in its original form were men and women were reversed.
            In fact you only had a problem with those who objected to this vile statement!

            Those who did not agree with the original were called sexist (!)

            hypocrite and not sufficiently aware of male suffering (?)

            Never mind that his statement called female rape the natural order of things and acceptable and should most certainly not be punished

          • edtastic

            No I found his original statement repugnant but the hypocrisy of decent people is of even more troubling. It amounted to saying don’t rape or we’ll have you raped. We are suppose to be the ones setting the standards and using rape as a weapon or form of punishment violates our principals.

          • cjvg

            You are NOT setting any standards by your complete and utter silence on the original statement!

            You are however, very clearly demonstrating what standard you find acceptable by accusing those who call him out on his own words as sexists !?

            The irony of such is beyond the pale.
            I did not call for him to be raped as punishment, I called for him to live with the attitude he espouses as perfectly acceptable and in no way troubling.

            But it is obviously to much for a man to actually live with the same rules and risks as that he finds perfectly acceptable to apply to a woman.
            Yes, that would be sexist of course, we can not expect these “men” to actually have to suffer the consequences of the societal rules they like to see implemented for others.

            You have still not condemned or even made a small teensy tiny protest against the original statement except in this reply to me, were it is only used as some attempt to critique me for condemning it!

            You are not fooling anyone, it is very obvious what you are and honest is nowhere near it!

          • cjvg

            Just not repugnant enough to comment on, no that is strictly reserved for those who do condone his statement

          • edtastic

            Yes you are the hypocrite for suggesting the use of rape as a weapon or form of punishment.

            Women are not living in the world of male prisons. That’s not even a close equivalent. There were years where studies indicated there were 300,000 rapes were in a population of less than 3 million. That’s 10% a year versus a women’s risk at 1% a year. Not to mention being imprisoned with large numbers of violent people. I’m not going to suggesting you get locked up so you can ‘relate’.

            Play word games all you like. All that shows is you can’t admit when you’re wrong. I have enough integrity to do that and I hope you develop that ability.

          • cjvg

            You have not been right so far, still no condemnation on the original statement !

            But you have been extremely busy name calling those who wish him to feel what it means to promote an attitude like that!

            I did not once suggest raping him, I suggested that he should live with the consequences of finding his attitude towards rape acceptable and normal!

            But of course you can not live with a “man” who would have to live with the consequences of his rape promoting and excusing attitude.

            Those consequences should be strictly for females, that you can live with obviously since you feel no need to even address his statement in the weakest or even slightest form!

          • cjvg

            Playing word games?!
            The only one playing word games is you!

            I never said he should get raped as a punishment, I said that he should have the experience of living with the attitude that he promotes and finds perfectly acceptable!

            So I guess that insisting that the rules that he promotes and finds acceptable for women should also apply to him is sexist and hypocritical?!

            Really holding him to his words is just plain mean is it not, oh yeah, you never did since his statement did not need a forceful condemnation of its sexist and inhumane nature in your opinion.

        • cjvg

          No I said that he should live with the consequences of the attitude he finds so acceptable and normal.

          I don’t find any rape acceptable, but then again I was not the one promoting and endorsing rape like he is!

          Of course you do not object to his statement in the slightest, but are most perturbed that I suggest he should live with the consequences of what he endorses.
          Wonder why? Hypocrite comes to mind!

    • Bart Bass

      Steve,

      As a woman, let me be the first to say that I agree with you. It irks me that many of the people commenting here are are so ignorant as to what is going on. Get your facts straight people!

      Sincerely,
      Bart

      • http://twitter.com/JenGStarr Jennifer Starr

        Says the sockpuppet.

    • cjvg

      You are one sick piece of bovine excrement

    • http://twitter.com/JenGStarr Jennifer Starr

      You’re a disgusting excuse for a human being. I hope one day you end up in prison where I’m sure you belong.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Skip-Christensen/100001145580230 Skip Christensen

    And won’t we all be shocked if this principal-guy DOESN’T identify as Republican and Christian?

  • LevelUpPlease

    As a parent, how do you NOT go to the police? The girl did everything right and the adults around her failed her horribly.

  • StarBorne

    Ugh, disgusting. People need to stop putting athletes on a pedestal. Sports is not that important

  • http://profiles.google.com/evenablindsquirrel Seth Abrams

    It is very interesting and revealing–but by no means surprising–that nowhere in this article is any person who is allegedly the victim of a crime referred to as …. uhh … an “alleged victim.”

    There is no “victim” until after there is an investigation and a conviction, ostensibly conducted according to the Constitution of the United States, and the constitution of the state in which an alleged crime was committed. Both state and federal constitutions provide protections for those accused of crimes. Those in a rush to judgment consider an accusation as purely and strictly equivalent to a conviction. So naturally, any time a man is not immediately punished — without any investigation whatsoever — those rushing-to-judge interpret any action in compliance with the constitutional rights of the accused as nothing more than a conspiracy.

    Five weeks is too long for an alleged crime to be investigated, and evidence and witnesses considered and evaluated by law enforcement before any action is taken against someone assumed innocent until proven guiltily?

    Sorry, but there will be no lynching around here.

    • cjvg

      The rapist pleaded guilty and is already convicted and sentenced.

      Hardly an “alleged” crime !

      But hey, do not let reality get in the way of your little rape accused pity party!

  • http://profiles.google.com/evenablindsquirrel Seth Lee Abrams

    It is very interesting and revealing–but by no means surprising–that nowhere in this article is any person who is allegedly the victim of a crime referred to as …. uhh … an “alleged victim.”

    There can be no “victim” until after there is an investigation and a conviction, ostensibly conducted according to the Constitution of the United States, and the constitution of the state in which an alleged crime was committed. Both state and federal constitutions provide protections for those accused of crimes. Those in a rush to judgment consider an accusation as strictly equivalent to a conviction. So naturally, any time a man is not immediately punished — without any investigation whatsoever — those who rush-to-judge interpret any action in compliance with the constitutional rights of the accused to be nothing more than a conspiracy.

    Five weeks is too long for an alleged crime to be investigated, and evidence and witnesses evaluated by law enforcement before any action is taken against someone assumed innocent until proven guiltily?

    Sorry, but there will be no lynching around here.

    • http://twitter.com/JenGStarr Jennifer Starr

      Sigh… first the students, now come the MRA rape apologists. Are you a friend or future cellmate of Steve Webber, by any chance?

      • http://profiles.google.com/evenablindsquirrel Seth Lee Abrams

        Steve Webber? Sorry, never heard of him. And no, I’ve never been in jail with anyone else, or by myself for that matter.

        That anyone with whom you might disagree must be a convicted criminal goes along way to illustrate the points I make — and the points I make are not about the cases, but observations about people like you. Thank you for adding evidence to my arguments.

        If you were to actually read anything I write, you’d realize I don’t write about the alleged victims or alleged perpetrators in these cases. No, I write about the social, cultural, and political values and perspectives of THE PEOPLE WHO RESPOND to these cases with comments. And it’s clear how your comment reveals enough about you for me to have confidence that I’m just so right about you people. You’re very dangerous, because you’re willing to violate the constitutional rights of others, and you’re on a crusade. .

        • cjvg

          He has pleaded guilty in a court of law and is already convicted of said crime and sentenced.
          If you were as perceptive as you claim, you would have noticed that. You would also have been aware that the people here commenting on the rapists’ guilt are in the right.

          In general that means that the alleged victim is now correctly called the victim and the alleged rapist is now correctly identified as the rapist!

          You have not added any evidence to your little theory but plenty to the arrogance of your attitude.
          You owe them an apology for wrongfully convicting them of what you yourself are guilty off.

          PS, it is not violating anyone’s constitutional rights to insist that a repeat criminal is punished more severely and stopped from committing more crimes.
          Victims do have constitutional rights , even if they are only rape victims

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=599181133 Chelsea Frost

    Lock that piece of shit away where he belongs, and lock that fucked-in-the-head principal away with him.

  • Steven Fox

    She wasn’t raped, people!!! She was allegedly sexually assaulted. Aka he allegedly grabbed her boob. Keyword: allegedly. Innocent until proven guilty.

    • http://profiles.google.com/evenablindsquirrel Seth Lee Abrams

      Thanks, Mr. Fox. I’m glad someone is willing to make that point.

      • cjvg

        He admitted guilt, he was convicted, he was sentenced (for the second time for a similar crime)!

        D*mn, but reality is such an inconvenient thing.
        Keyword: nothing alleged about it!

    • FormerFHCMama

      So grabbing her boob is OK? Just because rape (aka forced intercourse) didn’t happen doesn’t reduce the importance of this issue. What he did violated her sexually. Are some sexual assaults “worse” than others? If you answer yes, be sure you know what you are talking about. The victims are really the only ones in a position to opine on that distinction. And he DID plead guilty. No more allegedly on this one.

      • Steven Fox

        He plead to avoid legal fees he could not afford and face very little consequences due to the in-severity of the matter. He was not proven guilty.

        And yes, I would much rather have my boob grabbed than be raped. To say otherwise is sadistic.

        • Steven Fox

          Upvote if you think FormerFHCMama would be better to society if she had a job, rather than spend her entire day on these comments.

          • http://twitter.com/JenGStarr Jennifer Starr

            I think this board would be better off without people like you making excuses for someone who commits sexual assaults.

          • FormerFHCMama

            Thank you Jennifer… So much better…

          • FormerFHCMama

            Again with the insults Mr. Fox. You know NOTHING about me, and posting insults about other posters might make one believe it is intended to take the focus off of your misguided comments. I said in another thread I will no longer reply to you; sadly I didn’t recognize “you” in this one or I wouldn’t have started in this one. You are a bully, and have probably been one your entire life.

            And just an observation… if posting on here is representative of whether or not one has a job or not, maybe you should take your own advice?

            But now I have stooped to your level, and therefore I’m out. At least as far as you’re concerned.

          • Steven Fox

            I didn’t insult you. I simply extrapolated the fact that you were ignorant of the public defender system and offered suggestions.

            YOU know NOTHING about me, so how can you call me a bully and say that I have been one my entire life? That sounds like making opinions and judgments not based off of fact. How hypocritical!

            And just for your information, I work two night shifts to put myself through college (as a full time student). Please don’t offer a lecture on work ethic. Thanks.

          • FormerFHCMama

            “Upvote if you think FormerFHCMama would be better to society if she had a job, rather than spend her entire day on these comments.” Not an insult, huh? Anyone??? Bully behavior? Anyone??? Gotta call a spade a spade sir.

            Good for you though working to put yourself through school. (That was a genuine compliment – not sarcastic.)

            It doesn’t feel good when someone is questioning your work ethic, especially when they don’t know anything about you, does it? For the record, if you go back and reread your posts, you did the same to me.

            That is the last I am saying on this topic.

          • Anon

            I thought you weren’t replying anymore, Mrs. Eck?

          • FormerFHCMama

            Wow. So wrong. And you are unbelievable. I hope this board removes all of your posts.

          • Anon

            I hope your daughter actually gets raped so you can pad your pockets a little more.

          • http://twitter.com/JenGStarr Jennifer Starr

            I reported that. You and the rest of this guy’s ‘defenders’ are a bunch of sick puppies.

        • FormerFHCMama

          Obviously spoken by a human without boobs. Forgive me if I lend NO weight to your opinion on this matter since you have NO IDEA what you are talking about. I’m guessing you don’t have a daughter either. A sexual assault is a sexual assault. Any type of sexual assault is demeaning, humiliating, violent, and myriad other terms equally negative.

          And last time I checked, pleading guilty equals guilt. One is NO LONGER INNOCENT FOR A CRIME WHEN THEY PLEAD GUILTY! There is NO DIFFERENCE between pleading guilty and being “proven” guilty. Admitting to a crime doesn’t make it any less of a crime because you admitted it. WOW! It doesn’t matter why he pleaded. Not to mention that in this great country of ours, when you can’t afford legal fees, you are assigned a FREE public defender. MY guess is that he pleaded out because he couldn’t defend himself in front of a jury and win. Which considering the type of crime speaks volumes for the evidence.

          Now I am basing my opinion on what I’ve read. What is yours based on? Because you write as though it is fact…

          • Steven Fox

            You’re clearly too closely knit to the FHC community to even know of the well documented issues of the public defender system. I would suggest stop watching Law and Order and leave Ada for a moment.

            My intimately connected sources will remain anonymous to protect their identities, but seeing as you read articles such as this one – apparently, you by no means have any sort of credible source.

            I agree with you that being proven guilty and pleading guilty is the same on paper, especially in our legal system. However, in this particular instance, with no proof besides words and legal fees and complications piling up, it’s conceivable to plead guilty to end the case and move on.

          • http://twitter.com/JenGStarr Jennifer Starr

            Are you the same Steven Fox who played baseball for FHC?

          • Steven Fox

            No, I did not attend FHC.

  • Scott Weaver

    This story saddens me. I pray for the families affected and the community as a whole.