17-Year-Old Girl Stripped By Teammates on School Bus, But Attackers Won't Be Charged
Friday, May 20, 2011 at 8:00 am
The girl says she was attacked as her teammates ripped off all her clothes. She was left completely naked and forced to cover herself with a blanket.
We're not sure if the coaches or the bus driver intervened, but Heidi Hershly, the girl's mother, says it would take the school three days to notify her of the incident. (Hershly lives in Rapid City, South Dakota, so we're assuming the girl lives with her father.)
The attackers were booted from the softball team and barred from attending the prom. But Hershly says administrators are downplaying the incident. She claims they've dismissed the attack as mere "horseplay." And while the sheriff's department recommended sexual battery charges, the prosecutor's office has instead placed the girls in a juvenile diversion program.
That makes Hershly very pissed. She believes the attackers should be expelled and charged with sex crimes. And she has a very good point.
If boys had done something like this, they'd no doubt be litten up like bottle rockets on the 4th of July. Most of Kellogg would be calling for their heads. But since the attackers were girls, both the school and the prosecutor seems to be giving them a pass.
So what do you think, dearest reader? Should the attackers face the same fate as boys would? Or is this somehow a lesser crime since girls are the perpetrators?
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