Three high schoolers attending a pre-season boys sports camp have been charged with breaking into a cabin and raping three younger freshmen soccer players. What could have possibly possessed these boys to perpetrate such a disgusting crime against three young boys -- who from the sounds of things were members of their own team! -- is hard to portion out.
You hear about some of the brutal hazing rituals that surround high school and college sports all the time, and if that's what this was, it's truly sickening. It sends chills down the spines of all parents who have just sent their kids back to school and into sports programs or who are doing so this week.
The sports camp, located in Western Massachusetts, was a pre-season retreat for members of the Somerville High School soccer team. The alleged crime occurred last weekend, but came to light on Tuesday, leading to the arrest of 17-year-old Galileo Mondol and two 16-year-old juveniles. A "dangerous" weapon was involved, according to reports.
Mondol and his two alleged accomplices are being arraigned this week. If this is true, how they could think they could get away with something like this and not ruin their lives, and the lives of others, is beyond me. Hope the judge on this case is a tough one.
What should happen to these boys if proven guilty?
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