Monday, May 11, 2009

Boy Raped In School

A 13-year-old student at Tampa Florida's Walker Middle School has returned to classes after being raped and tortured by a broom and a hockey stick. Four of his classmates are accused of raping him with a hockey sticks and a broom handle.
The suspects, ages 14-15, were arrested and charged as adults with sexual battery and false imprisonment and for the rape that took place on April 30.
The 13-year-old boy said the bullying had been going on for months.
But he didn't say anything. Not to a teacher. Not to a coach. Not to his mother.
Not even when two of the bullies held him down while the other two sexually battered him with a broom handle and hockey stick, authorities say. The boys were alone in the locker room getting ready for an interscholastic flag football team practice.
"That's part of this tragedy," Hillsborough County school superintendent MaryEllen Elia said Saturday. "For whatever reason, he didn't tell anyone."
That changed Wednesday, she said, following an altercation between the victim and his tormentors on the flag football field at Walker Middle School on Tuesday night.
A coach noticed the 13 year old acting differently and asked what was going on. The 13 year old at last told of his abuse.
The coach followed up the next morning, and had the alleged bullies meet with a female physical education teacher. The teacher instructed each of the four students to write down his version of events. Hours later they were placed under arrest.

[St. Petersburg Times]

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