3 Idaho high school students have been charged with raping a disabled black classmate with coat hanger.
According to reports, the teens, John R.K. Howard, 18, Tanner Ward, 17, and an unnamed 16-year-old, sexually assaulted a disabled black student in a locker room after returning from playing football. They used a hanger to perform the horrible act. While one of the players was holding the victim the others pushed the hanger into his anus and kicked it several times.
The victim explained during an interview with Twin Falls Times-News, “I screamed. I was pretty upset. I felt really bad. A little bit betrayed and confused at the same time. It was terrible — a pain I’ve never felt.”
Following that incident, two of the students involved were expelled by the school trustee in November 2015. The two were charged with sexual assaults and will be tried as adults and the 16-year-old as juvenile, but there is still a possibility that they will not get what they deserve. The Washington Post reported that Howard, who was one of the teens expelled, returned to Texas to complete his high school.
The victim’s family filed a $10 million lawsuit against school administrators for failing to stop racist abuse in the school. The lawsuit alleges that the black teen was “taunted and called racist names by other members of the team, which names included ‘Kool-Aid.’ ‘chicken eater,’ ‘watermelon,’ and [‘n——-‘].” The school officials are also believed to turn a blind eye on the footballers’ behavior because of their sporting achievements and family connections.
Such horrible things are going to continue if the community remains calm and silent.
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