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Rakheem Bolton Case: Girl Kicked Off Cheerleading Team After Refusing to Root For Her Rapist

Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at 9:43 am
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The girl was just 16, a cheerleader at Silsbee High School in Texas. She was at a party in 2008 when football star Rakheem Bolton, fellow player Christian Roundtree and another boy pushed her into a bedroom and locked the door, held her down, and sexually assaulted her...

When others tried to enter the room, Bolton and Roundtree jumped out a window, leaving their clothes behind.

The girl filed charges, but that didn't put an end to her trauma. Sphincteric school superintendent Richard Bain Jr. would make sure it only got worse.

When the girl returned to school, administrators decided the best course of action was for the girl to slink away in a corner and try not to be seen. They told her to avoid the cafeteria and not take part in homecoming. Out of sight, out of mind.

But the girl refused. She was the victim, after all, not the one who should be hiding. She also refused to root for Bolton on the court during basketball season. While the other girls cheered whenever he was at the free throw line, she remained silent.

To Bain, whose ass is tighter than a Nazi spinster's, this was an outrage. So he gave the girl an ultimatum: Either root for her rapist, or be kicked off the cheerleading team. She refused and was cut from the squad.

Her parents sued, claiming her termination violated her free speech. But in an equally sphincterific and wholly inhumane ruling, a Texas appeals court ruled that the girl had no right to free speech, since the school could dictate her speech in her capacity as a cheerleader.

Last month, the insult from the school only got worse when a court piled on. Bolton was allowed to plead to a lesser charge of assault. He received just two years of probation, a $2,500 fine, community service, and is required to take an anger management class. (Special thanks to reader Jackie for the tip.)

See our last tale from the Classroom Creepiness file: Weird Teacher Watch: Vice Principal Charles Hurst Encourages Boy to Masturbate For Allowance.

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