School Is to Blame for 13-Year-Old's Horrifying Gang Rape

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empty schoolEvery now and again, there's a story in the news so sick that it makes me want to crawl back into bed and watch The Little Mermaid on repeat and forget there's a world outside my window. This gang-rape story of a 13-year-old girl is certainly one of them. Identified only as B.E., the girl was at her middle school in West Virginia waiting for her ride when she was allegedly raped by a group of high school boys on school property.

Her parents are suing the middle school on the grounds that the brutal rape could've been prevented if they'd done more to protect their daughter's safety. There were no fewer than four specific things the school did wrong that eventually led to the young girl being left outside, alone, and vulnerable. Four things.

The first thing was that a coach gave her a task late in the day that led to B.E. missing her ride home. She was told to collect cheerleading uniforms; she's the school's cheerleading captain and missed the bus. Strike one.

The girl then went to the school's office to ask if she could call her parents, and they allegedly said no, that she had to use a friend's cellphone. Strike two. So B.E. found a male friend on the basketball team and arranged that his parents would drive her home when they came to pick him up from practice. She called her folks to let them know the plan, then went back to the office to wait. No one was there though, and the doors were locked. Strike three. So B.E. next headed to the gym to pass the time, but the coach didn't like her watching practice and made her leave the gym. Strike four.

With nowhere to go, the young girl waited outside the gym. It was there where a group of high school athletes allegedly forced B.E. into a small room in the school and gang raped and physically abused her.

B.E. sought protection from her middle school four times and was denied at each turn. Of course no school official, or human being for that matter, would ever knowingly put a young girl in the position to be brutally raped, but the school did nothing to give this girl the security and supervision she needed. Waiting in the gym would've made perfect sense -- she could've sat in the bleachers and done her homework or texted her friends or whatever -- the point is there would've been warm bodies around to deter any misbehavior. Unfortunately the coach didn't see it that way.

I hope the school has to pay. When a student is turned away when seeking safety, someone's got to be held accountable. No one could have predicted what terrible things would end up happening to her, but it's the school's responsibility to keep the well-being of students a top priority because you never know what can happen.

Do you think the school should be held responsible for B.E.'s rape?

 

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dirti... dirtiekittie

oh.my.god. i don't even have words for this. when i first read the headline, i thought - great, here goes another sensational lead in... and i have to say, i 100% agree with you. i guess i can see the whole being late thing because of picking up the uniforms - that stuff happens. but if the coach knew she took the bus, why wait until late? second, if it's after school (since she'd already missed the bus) why on earth wouldn't the office let her use the phone? i remember in school you needed a note during school hours, but if your mom was late or something the office ladies always understood and let you use the phone anyway... and then getting kicked out of the gym? because she couldn't watch basketball practice? she's a cheerleader! she sees them anyway!!


i am unbearably appalled at this chain of events and i think the school is absolutely liable. if i were her parents, i'd probably be in jail at this point for doing something terrible. i really hope that little girl gets the medical and professional help she needs and that the boys are all punished to the fullest extent of the law!

Other... OtherMonkey

First off, this is an absolutely horrible thing to have happened to this poor young girl.  Secondly, if the information here is accurate, the school should accept - without arguement - some blame for this incident. 


Obviuosly, the boys who did this should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law and jailed but the school certainly is liable as well.  To care so little about the safety of their student body is un-nerving.  All they had to do was let her watch basketball practice and this would have been avoided.  I doubt she would have been that much of a distraction. 

meatb... meatball77

The school is not to blame.  The boys are to blame.


However, the school did fail to provide her with a reasnable amount of supervision and protection to ensure that she would be safe.  It's their job to make sure she gets home safely.

butte... buttercup627

Oh my God how terrible! That poor girl


 

Billie Jo Evans

meatball77 you totally contradicted yourself. The school is to blame here and they better pay.

JaneE... JaneEyre27

Stories like this make me want to get into bed and never leave.

Rita Allee

When I was 13 I had detention one day and when we were done, I wasn't allowed to use the phone to call home.  I had to walk through a poor neighborhood to get to the nearest gas station with a pay phone (across the street from the high school) just to be able to call home.  Of course, this was way before everyone had cell phones.  I was scared to death but someone was watching over me.  I just thank God nothing like this happened to me when I walked to the gas station that day.  My family was pi$$ed and they raised hell with the school.  I don't remember if anything happened but I believe some administrators got in trouble.  


I hope B.E. gets through this and the boys that did this get what they deserve.  

nonmember avatar hrl

Ugh, this is horrible. I can't believe she was turned away each time. Why couldn't she use the school phone to call her parents? How sad. I def. believe the school should be held responsible. I'm going to have my first daughter and this makes me sick.

Momma... Momma2blessed

OMG that's horrid! My heart breaks at the thought of what that little girl and parents are going through! Both the school and boys need to pay a heavy price for this! What has our society turned into?!?

alisa... alisabethjaimes

I don't think the first strike is much of a strike, but #2 definitely is. Why in the world wouldn't the school let her call her parents so they would know her whereabouts? That's the biggest strike against them. That there shows they don't care about the safety of their students.

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