• lady_black

    This doesn’t surprise me. Just this year, my niece was sexually assaulted by another student at school. The school did not notify my sister, and when she found out she was livid. My niece is only 11, and a boy at school stuck his hands down her underwear and fondled her. She’s autistic. When she tried to tell the teacher, at first he put her off because it was time for her to rotate to another teacher. The teacher was mortified when he found out how serious this was. The school was not allowed to tell my sister what they were doing about this kid due to his privacy concerns and they tried to dissuade her from contacting law enforcement. Then their solution was to have a TSS FOR MY NIECE! I suggested to her if anyone needs a TSS it’s the molester. I’m quite sure this wasn’t the kid’s first rodeo, and my niece was not the only female student assaulted by this boy. The upshot is she did contact the police about it, and now the kid who did the assault is not allowed to be anywhere without direct adult supervision. I understand this kid isn’t all there himself, but I hope he gets the help he needs before he gets into serious trouble. And they do need to protect the other students from him.

    • Mindy McIndy

      I am so sorry about your niece. It’s especially scary for special needs kids and how vulnerable they are to sexual abuse. The school’s response was atrocious, trying to dissuade your sister from contacting law enforcement. May I ask what a TSS is?

      • lady_black

        A therapeutic support specialist. It’s a trained person who assists with special needs kids in the school or home setting. My sister called the police anyway. The DA said they were going to make this kid get counseling in lieu of prosecuting him due to his age.

        • Mindy McIndy

          I’m glad that she called the police anyway. Hopefully this kid can get some real counseling and help before he gets even worse. Then again, some people are just sadistic psychopaths and it’s in their nature from the time they’re young. That was certainly the case with my attacker.

    • red_zone

      I am SO SORRY! I can’t imagine how scary that must have been for your niece. Clearly the boy needs help, but covering it up like they tried has only made the issue worse. Good on your sister for taking action when she did.

      If ANYTHING like that ever happened with my niece and the adults in charge tried to cover it up… there would be no hiding.

      • Sharona Coutts

        Hi folks, I just want to say that I’m always here if you feel that news coverage of these events would be useful. Please don’t hesitate to reach out.

  • Mindy McIndy

    I believe it. When I was in high school, I was repeatedly sexually abused, physically abused and harassed by one of my peers for years. First it was just nasty comments. Then he started to push me into lockers, grab my chest, put his hand up my skirt/down my pants/up my shirt. When I tried to fight back, it got worse. People saw it happen and did nothing. Some even laugh. When I was a junior, he wrote a manifesto on his blog that he planned to come to school, kill me first, kill our environmental science teacher, then take out as many people as he could. When he heard police sirens, he would kill himself rather than face jail. I showed it to my mom, who called the school immediately. They pulled him from class, had him delete the blog before my mom had a chance to print it out, suspended him for one week (he got longer suspensions for fighting in the halls) lied to us about calling the police, and then tried to make us feel sorry for him! The reason I know they lied is because my aunt works in the juvenile justice department, and she would check his name for us every day for months and it never appeared. I no longer felt safe. I had to change my phone number because he would call the house multiple times a day, I moved in with my aunt for awhile, left school under the guise of my health issues and finished up my junior and senior year online.

    I was a good kid who got good grades and made a lot of money for that school via donations. (I am a musician and it was a charter arts school, so they would send me out at least twice a week to perform for donors, even during the summer.) He was a bad student with obvious anger and psychiatric issues who was constantly getting in trouble. They chose to protect him over me. If I wasn’t so physically ill and emotionally drained, I would have called all four of the news stations and told them the other three were running my story to call this school out on their bullshit. No one deserves to be threatened to have the “dyke fucked out of her” on a daily basis, of be frequently sexually humiliated in front of their peers. Even the teachers I liked did nothing for me, they just told me “oh, that’s just Steven, you know how he is.” It has been eleven years since I left that school and I still have PTSD and I still have nightmares over it. That schools continued existence and success sets my teeth on edge. I wish I’d sued them for everything they were worth.

    • lady_black

      That’s appalling, and apparently things aren’t much better now.

      • Mindy McIndy

        This happened in 2003, four years after Columbine, when they were mandated to report stuff like that due to the Safe School Act. They swept it under the rug to avoid bad publicity, something they already received earlier in the year due to a widespread bullying problem. They cared about their image more than the safety and well-being of their students.

    • red_zone

      That is BEYOND horrible. i am so sorry that you were surrounded by such weak, selfish adults. Maybe it isn’t too late to do something, anything. For one, even if a blog is deleted, there HAS to be a cache somewhere.

      I wonder though.. what DID happen to your abuser? What’s become of them since then?

      • Mindy McIndy

        I remember emailing the webmaster of the blog site, and he said that he could not recoup that information since it had been deleted. Perhaps if I had the police involved, but who even knows where he was posting such blogs from, you know? It was 2003 and I knew very little about computer science and what police could do.

        I still wonder what happened to him. I look for his name in the paper and his face on mugshots.com, because it’s only a matter of time before he’s caught raping and/or killing somebody.

    • Jennifer Starr

      (((((((((((((((((((hugs)))))))))))))))))) for you

  • Sharona Coutts

    Hi there, it seems like you know quite a bit about Mingo. I’d love to chat. Please email me: sharona at rhrealitycheck dot org.

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