A Fairy Tale Homecoming? No. Teen Gang Raped As Crowd Looks On
By Erin Kotecki Vest on October 27, 2009
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Police in Richmond, California say a 15-year old girl was gang raped at school, during Homecoming.
Let me repeat that. Gang raped AT SCHOOL.
CNN has the details:
A California high school student who police said was gang raped in a two-and-a-half-hour assault outside a homecoming dance remained hospitalized in stable condition Monday, two days after she was flown from the attack scene in critical condition. As of late Monday, two suspects had been arrested in the case and a third was being questioned.
The suspects are teenagers too. And allegedly a group of perhaps a dozen stood by and watched. STOOD BY AND WATCHED for more than two hours.
As a woman, as the mother of a daughter, as a human I am in utter disbelief at this mob mentality.
It gets worse. CNN reports she was raped by at least four people. Lt. Mark Gagan of the police department in Richmond says,
"As people announced over time that this was going on, more people came to see, and some actually participated."
Despite this taking place on school grounds, as school district spokesman told ABC News it was ultimately the parent's responsibility to get their child safely home from a dance.
What do you think of that? Do you believe schools are inherently a safe place to leave your child for a dance? Or do you agree with the district that it's your job? Does Richmond need a "Take Back the Night" walk? Do we all need a reminder?
I'm shocked, appalled, and have been teary eyed since I read this. I can't be the only one.
QueenMotherBlog on twitter writes, "That's just awful. Extra disturbing are the people who stood around and watched...no one could slip away and call police? :("
Feather14 says, "...I heard this and was just shocked and sickened."
Daily_Pinch writes, "Heard that on NPR this morning and still have no idea what to say to it...stunned might be understatement."
Tell me what you think.
Contributing Editor Erin Kotecki Vest also blogs at Queen of Spain blog
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