Maryland high school football players accused of raping teammates

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Boys will be boys, they say. Somehow I don’t think that defense is going to work in the favor of four 15-year-old Maryland boys accused of sexual assault.

The four junior varsity athletes accused, namely Jean Claude “JC” Abedi, Kristian “KJ” Jamal Lee, Will Daniel Smith, and Caleb Thorpe, will be tried as adults; three are charged with two counts of first-degree rape and two counts of attempted rape, while the fourth is charged with four counts of first-degree rape. The incidents in question apparently took place within the freshman locker room of Damascus High School in Damascus, Maryland, on Halloween of this year. The students were apparently readying for football practice when someone turned off the lights, and the assaults took place. The students stopped when they were alerted of their coach’s approach.

They’re excuse? “It’s tradition.” Well, so’s jailtime for assaulting people.

Besides eyewitness testimony, the suspects also engaged in conversation about the incident on Snapchat. Because apparently the old adage about dumb jocks rings true.

Damascus High School was established in 1950 and is part of the Montgomery County Public School System. It serves approximately 1200 students within grades 9 through 12. It ranks in the top 5% of Maryland schools in overall test scores. Minority enrollment at Damascus High is 39%, which is nearly half that of Maryland’s average. Their website neglects to mention anything regarding the assaults on school property. Today’s announcements made sure to include volunteer opportunities, SAT prep information, and details about school performances. You know: the important stuff.

The accused students face up to life in prison if convicted.

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High school football players face life in prison for raping teammates with broom

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High school “mean girls” fake sexual assault

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In this “Me Too” era, men are being held accountable for sexual misconduct, whether it be unwanted comments, harassment, abuse, or assault. But at least one young man has been punished for things he didn’t even do.

A boy at Seneca Valley High School in Harmony, Pennsylvania, has endured more than a year of hell, after five girls who “didn’t like to look at him” fabricated stories of sexual abuse and fed their lies to school officials, who bought it hook, line, and sinker. Later admitting to conspiring against their classmate, one girl admitted it was all a farce.

But the damage was already done. After the girls’ allegations came to light, the entire school turned on him, ostracizing him and placing “predator” stickers on his back. He was bullied to the point of his parents withdrawing him, to homeschool.

The parents of the boy, who is only identified as T.F., filed a lawsuit against the school, Seneca Valley School district, and the parents of the girls involved, citing multiple court appearances, the losing of their son’s job, juvenile detention, and other hardships he faced, just because some girls didn’t like his face.

The school district defends its actions at the time, reportedly refusing to apologize to T.F. and his family, and insisting the lawsuit against them “is without merit.” So a boy’s life was destroyed, no big deal.

Faculty and students alike at Seneca Valley High School are suddenly rallying around T.F. (who, wisely, will not be returning to their school), inventing hashtags in support of him, wearing t-shirts with his name, and cheering for him at football games he probably isn’t even attending. One has to wonder where these students were when he was being bullied, in the first place.

Mob mentality is at its height in places like schools, when hundreds of students are crowded together and feed off one another, causing riots, collectively singling out the weak from the herd to pick to death. It’s incredibly cruel, and incredibly unnatural. It’s no secret that to be a white male in this country is one of the worst things to be, right now, when you can be vilified merely if a girl looks at you the wrong way. If this is what we see in our schools, what will it be like when this generation is running our country?

The girls appear to be suffering no direct consequences, as the school refuses to mar their academic records with the information, and the district attorney’s office won’t prosecute them.

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Teacher accused of sexting with student

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A high school English teacher in New Jersey is in trouble after being accused of sending nude pictures to and engaging sexually explicit conversations with a 17-year-old male student.

According to Somerset County Police, 29-year-old Michelina Aichele, of Hillsborough, was arrested October 5 and charged with second-degree endangering the welfare of a child. She’s currently in Somerset County Jail, pending a detention hearing. She has been suspended from her job at Montgomery Township High School (where she makes roughly $70,000 a year) since October 4 – and as we’ve seen before, there’s a good chance it’s a “paid suspension,” pending the outcome of the investigation. Of course, we should be grateful there *is* an investigation, as we also know how many allegations are swept under the rug, instead.

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Former boarding school teacher charged with child rape

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Thailand has a reputation as a center for child sex tourism and child prostitution. And that’s exactly where accused pedophile Reynold Buono had been living before his recent return to the United States, where he was then charged with child rape of a former student of his.

Buono, who pled not guilty to the charges, once led the theater department for over 10 years at Milton Academy, which is both a boarding and a day school in Milton, Massachusetts. He left the school in 1987, when he was approximately 43 years old, after acknowledging his molesting of a 14-year-old male student (where were the charges, then?). He’s since been living in Thailand for an undisclosed amount of time (some sources say he relocated to Southeast Asia shortly after leaving Milton Academy). American authorities traveled to Thailand last November, and in cooperation with the Royal Thai Police, arrested Buono and brought him back to the United States to face charges.

A private investigation last year revealed that Buono molested at least 12 male students during his tenure at Milton Academy. An attorney representing 5 of them (no word on if charges have been filed, in their case) said Buono did “incalculable damage” to the lives of these students. Court records filed in the rape case said Milton Academy’s headmaster knew Buono was allegedly abusing students as early as 1982 but let him remain on staff after he spoke to Buono’s psychiatrist. It makes one wonder how many other schools have suppressed information related to their staff’s criminal behavior.

Students at Milton Academy can expect to pay upwards of $60,000 a year to attend this school, which asserts that living on its 125-acre campus allows teens to “study and live in supportive, inclusive academic communities where they learn about independence and responsibility in the classroom and beyond.” I’d say a number of students learned way “beyond” what they bargained for, 30 years ago.

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North Carolina high school health teacher and track coach chokes student

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Brian Kelley was suspended with pay a month ago after a video surfaced showing him choking a student. He has since resigned from his job as a “healthy living” teacher and track coach at Apex High School in Apex, North Carolina.

We send our children to school, believing they will be safe there. But the assault on their well being comes from all sides: from the community, students, and teachers alike. Not every teacher is dedicated to your child. Unless you can personally vet every educator your child has (and even if you could), how will you know for sure what kind of person they are? Getting a “good teacher” is hit or miss. In a few months, as children return to school after summer vacation, parents around the country will gloat on social media about their children’s “great teachers.” It helps them feel like they didn’t just throw their kids to the wolves. But the reality is, children come in contact with a lot of school professionals over the course of one school day. Who’s to say one won’t be a pedophile, or have anger management issues, or maybe is just having a bad day and decides your child looks like an easy target?

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Student penalized for wearing “offensive” shirt to school

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Schools are notorious for stripping away students’ individual rights. In this way (and in many other ways), school isn’t like prison – it’s worse than prison.

Case in point: Addison Barnes, a student at Liberty High School in Hillsboro, Oregon, was suspended from school for wearing a pro-Trump, anti-illegal immigration t-shirt to his People and Politics class. Barnes was undoubtedly being deliberately provocative, as he knew his class would be discussing immigration that day. At least one student and one teacher reported feeling “offended” by his choice of attire.

Because offense is subjective, this is a slippery slope that could warrant the banning of all clothing on school grounds (but is nudity offensive? Should we all wear togas? But what color? Do white togas connote nationalism? Are we Nazis?). Schools and other public places are justified in banning items on clothing that are (for now) generally offensive, such as pictures of genitalia or curse words.

The fact that the student was aiming for a reaction is a moot point. Teenagers are always looking to “shake things up,” rebel against the status quo, and make an impact with their words, looks, and behavior. Teenagers in Parkland, FL have been praised by mainstream media outlets for “taking a stand in what they believe in,” after a school shooting earlier this year that left 17 people dead. Discouraging the promotion of one train of thought but promoting another is a violation of one’s freedom of speech and is akin to censorship, something most liberals claim to abhor.

Does everyone love President Trump? Certainly not. Are some people offended by him? Most definitely. It is cause for the banning of a shirt referencing him and his policies in a public school? Not in the slightest. Schools should remain impartial to such things, because they are government run. In this case, the school knew to some extent that their punishment of Mr. Barnes was misguided, because they lifted his suspension. However, they still banned him from wearing the shirt on school property. Does this mean that I can have white shirts banned from school because they offend me? (“Cultural appropriation!”)

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School shooting at Texas high school, 8-10 dead, suspect in custody

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Does this look like the face of evil to you?

Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, was arrested this morning in connection with a shooting at his Texas high school that left as many as 10 people dead (early reports confirm 9 students and 1 adult murdered), and many others injured, including a school resource officer. Students at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas told reporters they’d seen Pagourtzis prowling the halls wearing a black trench coat and carrying a sawed-off shotgun. At least three life-flight helicopters landed on school grounds to transport critically injured people to the hospital.

Pagourtzis apparently wasted no time, as it was reported that the school was placed on lockdown due to an active shooter at 8am. The situation was contained by 10am, after two hours of horror. Investigations also included the search for homemade pipe bombs in a mobile home he is said to have lived in, a mile from the school. But “the worst is over,” according to assistant principal Cris Richardson. Tell that to the grief stricken parents that will never see their children alive, again.

This attack was most definitely premeditated, as last month Pagourtzis purchased a t-shirt reading “Born to Kill,” and posted it proudly on his Facebook page, which has since been removed. He played football at the school and was listed as an honor student in his younger years, but is also described by classmates as quiet and withdrawn.

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Pagourtzis’ social media accounts are being removed, but some people were quick to get screenshots beforehand

There’s been no definitive link between the two incidents, but back in March, the school was placed on lockdown due to reports of shots being fired within the school. So Santa Fe High is no stranger to the fear that comes with mass shootings. They held a walkout on April 20th of this year, in protest of gun violence. That sure did a whole lot.

Early interviews with students alluded to Pagourtzis being bullied by peers and teachers alike. It’s no secret that bullying is rampant in schools, due in part to the complete lack of a true moral code (“What’s right for you isn’t necessarily right for Derek, you closed minded bigot”) and mob mentality that is present in unnatural environments of forced socialization (prison also comes to mind). Most kids escape relatively unscathed. Some have lasting issues that continue into adulthood. And a few become mass shooters. How will your children be affected?

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