Okay, buckle your seat belts and set your rage meters to stun. Here's what's going on in West Virginia. It's not just the waters that are polluted there; it's the Board of Education in Mingo County. Ready?
Two girls, both seventh-graders at the Burch Middle School back in 2012, claimed two boys restrained and groped them on a school bus and in a school computer lab. In addition one of the girls said one of the boys sexually assaulted her on a school trip to Charleston.
Embarrassed and scared, the reluctant girls reported the incidents. According to Raw Story:
Every action taken by (the) defendants [the school administration and school department] was either to minimalize the allegations against the boys and/or to protect the alleged male juvenile perpetrators,” according to the filing, signed by Assistant Attorney General J. Robert Leslie.
The 32-page complaint says one victim was most recently disciplined for her complaints in late April after speaking to state police, who were attempting to investigate the matter
Okay, so one girl has been disciplined for speaking with the police. That's bad enough. But what about the other girl?
Administrators moved one girl to the seventh grade because one of the boys was in her eighth-grade classes, the filing claims while the boy stayed in his age-appropriate classes.
So one girl gets held back a year in school as punishment for reporting a sexual attack and the other received alternative school discipline. Oh, and what about the boys, the accused perpetrators of this sexual assault? They got a one day suspension from school and an additional day of in-school suspension, whatever that is. Most likely, detention. Anyone remember Breakfast Club?
Now the topper. I hope you're ready for this -- the harshest punishment the school could mete out: The two boys were also denied ice cream during a break in standardized testing. Oh, the inhumanity.
How does something like this happen? It could have anything to do with this:
Both boys are students whose relatives are employees of the school system, the complaint claims.
Schools are meant to be safe havens for students to learn, to grow and to mold themselves into responsible adults down the road. Here in West Virginia, all three of those have been corrupted. There's a lot of blame to go around here. The accused if found guilty, and everyone involved with the school and the school system in Mingo County.
Everyone deserves their day in court, and so do the accused boys. But to punish and humiliate the alleged victims in this case as opposed to handling this in a timely manner is inexcusable. There should be some heads rolling in West Virginia. Justice is waiting, and those watching are growing impatient and angry. The administrators are setting victims of sexual assaults back with their "who cares" attitude.