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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Texas High School Kicks Cheerleader Off Squad For Refusing To Cheer For Her Rapist

Posted by on Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 8:07 AM

The American Taliban in action:

Silsbee High School in Texas wants their cheerleaders smiling, energetic, and willing to cheer for their rapists by name. Go team!

H.S., a Silsbee student, reported being raped by Rakheem Bolton with the help of two of his friends, a fellow student and athletic star. In the end, Bolton ended up getting off without serving any jail time by pleading guilty to a lesser assault charge, spending two years on probation, doing community service, paying a fine, and attending anger management courses. Hardly seems like an adequate punishment, but it's unfortunately not uncommon for attackers to bargain down their charges. What really gets the blood boiling is how the students' high school treated the victim.

Bolton was set to be on the school's varsity basketball team, and they couldn't risk losing by barring him from playing for a silly thing like a rape charge. That could impact their chances at winning. Who cares about the traumatic impact it would have an a cheerleader who needed to vocally support a team including her rapist?

But H.S. fulfilled her role as a cheerleader, participating in all the cheers for the team as a group. She simply refused to shout the first name of the man who assaulted her when he stood up alone to make free throws. It seems like she was being more than accommodating, when an student athlete facing trial on rape charges most likely should have been suspended from the team, even if his presence wasn't a source of immediate distress to his victim in her position as cheerleader. In a display of extreme disrespect for a rape survivor and disregard for her well-being, school officials insisted that H.S. had to scream "Rakheem" with the rest of the cheerleaders, or she'd be kicked off the squad.

More from Ms. Magazine:

H.S.’s parents sued the school for violating her right to free speech, but an appeals court dismissed her case earlier this month. The bizarre reasoning: “In her capacity as cheerleader, [she] served as a mouthpiece through which the school could disseminate speech—namely, support for its athletic teams.” Not cheering for Bolton “constituted substantial interference with the work of the school because, as a cheerleader, [she] was at the basketball game for the purpose of cheering, a position she undertook voluntarily.” In other words, the “work of the school” is basketball, and H.S. was obligated to put on a robotic smile and cheer for the man who had assaulted her.

Silsbee High School officials should be held accountable for their actions. Richard Bain, Jr., the superintendent of schools, allegedly ordered H.S. to cheer for her attacker. Why don’t you tell him what you think? Here’s his contact information: Richard Bain Jr., Superintendent, Silsbee Independent School District, 415 Highway 327 West, Silsbee, TX, 77656; rbain@silsbeeisd.org; (409) 980-7800

And you can contact the school’s new principal, Eldon Franco, to demand that H.S. be reinstated on the squad: Eldon Franco, Principal, Silsbee High School, 1575 Highway 96 North, Silsbee, TX, 77656-4799; efranco@silsbeeisd.org; (409) 980-7800

Outraged? Make those calls—and sign the petition.

 

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Cory 1
Bastards.
Posted by Cory on October 21, 2010 at 8:24 AM · Report this
Jmily Eohnson 2
Wow this is totally fucked
Posted by Jmily Eohnson on October 21, 2010 at 8:29 AM · Report this
dirac 3
Yep, we're talking about Texas: a state who wants their school system to indoctrinate with unfounded theories like ID and promote Jefferson Davis as a more important historical figure than Thomas Jefferson.
Posted by dirac on October 21, 2010 at 8:32 AM · Report this
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this story is really really old.

watch Fox, Danny.

the rest of America does.....
Posted by you do realize the rapist is a fellow Big Tenter... on October 21, 2010 at 8:33 AM · Report this
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that poor girl. if that'd been my sister i would've broken the legs of all three guys. try shooting your free throws from a wheelchair, asshole.

at least we're teaching guys that if you rape a girl in highschool, it's just a case of boys-will-be-boys, and you'll get probation like the kids who got caught smoking weed.
Posted by Catface Meowmers on October 21, 2010 at 8:38 AM · Report this
Roadflare 6
This just keeps happening, nobody cares about the victim. What they do care about is winning a HIGH SCHOOL basketball game apparently. Seriously, there are other cheerleaders, how would anybody know that she wasn't calliing his name? Who cares is she does? It just seems like an incredibly stupid reason to kick her off the squad.
Posted by Roadflare on October 21, 2010 at 8:40 AM · Report this
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Perhaps legally, the school does have a right to make her yell his name, but ethically, well, apparently there's nothing ethical about this situation...
Posted by Jamie in Pittsburgh http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/strawberry.limonade?ref=name on October 21, 2010 at 8:45 AM · Report this
heywhatsit!? 8
Jesus christ. As I was reading this I thought "What corner of hell is this school district located?" Then I got my answer. What a shocker. Stay classy, Texas.
Posted by heywhatsit!? on October 21, 2010 at 8:54 AM · Report this
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Unbelievable! If your GPA slips you can't be on the basketball team, but if you are convicted of a violent crime against a fellow student that is just fine?!?

She should be reinstated and she should not have to attend school with her attacker. He should be expelled. You can count me in to write to the school.
Posted by Crafty on October 21, 2010 at 8:55 AM · Report this
Vince 10
Oh, wait, it's Texas, the troglodyte state! Fucking morons.
Posted by Vince on October 21, 2010 at 8:56 AM · Report this
Chef Thunder 11
Disgusting
Posted by Chef Thunder on October 21, 2010 at 8:57 AM · Report this
Fifty-Two-Eighty 12
Inconceivable.
Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty http://www.nra.org on October 21, 2010 at 9:03 AM · Report this
Banna 13
Can she get a 50 foot restraining order, forcing the school into further asshattery by making them side with the player and violating a victim's rights or a court order? Maybe a civil suit would have a better outcome.
Posted by Banna http://www.ucp.org on October 21, 2010 at 9:07 AM · Report this
macavitykitsune 14
Fucking hell. I don't even have words for the ugly that this is.
Posted by macavitykitsune on October 21, 2010 at 9:10 AM · Report this
smade 15
Totally consistent with this week's Frontline.
Posted by smade on October 21, 2010 at 9:13 AM · Report this
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Why is he even on the team if he assaulted her? Most teams make you have good grades and good behavior to be on a team.

As a former cheerleader, I remember the cheer "We got Joe. Joe. Joe, Joe, he's our man, if he can do it, Sam can" and so on until coach. I can't believe they know she isn't saying his name.

She needs to get a restraining order and this district needs to grow a brain.
Posted by westello on October 21, 2010 at 9:16 AM · Report this
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This is as fucked as fucked can get. I can't believe this got this far...that nobody at the school, at any point in this saw how fucked up this is.

Talk about a prime example I'll use next time someone starts spouting bullshit about how far we've come from being sexist/misogynist in this country, and how more enlightened we are than folks in the Middle East.
Posted by bookworm on October 21, 2010 at 9:19 AM · Report this
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While this is appalling, making this as a free speech claim is stupid - The point of the cheer squad is to say things the school wants them to say. There is no free speech right to belong to an organization whose purpose is to say things you don't want to say.
Posted by christopher on October 21, 2010 at 9:25 AM · Report this
BEG 19
I, also, echo the outrage expressed here. But given how I came here (via the IGB project), the similarities to the overall issue of bullying are inescapable. Not only the physical harrassment, but *also* the "kids will be kids" ("boys will be boys") attitude given off by the "adults" in this case.

No wonder society is so fucked up.
Posted by BEG http://twitter.com/#!/browneyedgirl65 on October 21, 2010 at 9:29 AM · Report this
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What...the...FUCK????????? Why would ANYONE who has evolved past neanderthalism intentionally live in Texas??? Secede Austin!!!
Posted by nyker on October 21, 2010 at 9:32 AM · Report this
COMTE 21
Absolutely disgusting. But, unfortunately, not surprising.

(Not to mention the fact that it's just another shining example of how well the "abstinence only" sex-ed they probably teach in this school works - not.)
Posted by COMTE http://www.chriscomte.com on October 21, 2010 at 9:37 AM · Report this
balderdash 22
@3

Guess who's funding the current Texas Board of Education's new, radical "reforms" agenda? I'll give you a hint: it's a lot more your problem than you think.

That's right! It's everybody's favorite, the Discovery Institute!

I don't really think this case has much to do with that, though. This is just good-ole-boy backwater rural misogyny, same as you'd see almost anywhere in the country that's more than a couple hours from a major city. I guess the appeals court decision is pretty characteristically red state, though.
Posted by balderdash http://introverse.blogspot.com on October 21, 2010 at 9:37 AM · Report this
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So they have a legal right to make her say stuff because she's representing them... and the image they want to disseminate through her is "Go Rapists!"? It would, of course, be bad for their reputation if their designated mouthpiece made it look like they don't support their rapists! A relatively minor piece of the overall fucked-up-ness of this, but still.
Posted by ee on October 21, 2010 at 9:52 AM · Report this
Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In 24
The most popular religion in Texas isn't Christianity. It's high school football. And, like most religions, the safety, security and well-being of the individual is secondary.

Yes, it's quite abhorrent. But hardly surprising.
Posted by Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In on October 21, 2010 at 9:56 AM · Report this
pastaefagoli 25
Barf.
Posted by pastaefagoli on October 21, 2010 at 10:09 AM · Report this
scary tyler moore 26
idea: this is the catalyst for her to quit the cheer squad, and become an advocate for rape survivors. there's more important things in life than being a cheerleader, fer cryin' out loud.
Posted by scary tyler moore http://pushymcshove.blogspot.com/ on October 21, 2010 at 10:13 AM · Report this
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It's been a slow morning, so I tracked down a lot of the old referenced local news reports and actually read through the comments. By the time the kid plead, this is the story that everyone in the community believed: that this cheerleader was drunk, went into a room for a three-way and upon being caught cried rape, so the general consensus was this was another case of a white woman exploiting racial fears to get out of a slutty reputation and the case needed to be wrapped up as quickly and cleanly as possible so that the attacker could get back to focusing on his football scholarship prospects. Now, I personally know a few girls that have actually falsely accused, and the response and behavior of the victim in this case does not match with most false accusers. She is being targeted by groups as either a prime example of racial inequality, a stereotypical embarrassed whore, or a shamed elitist daughter. I admire her weathering through this long ordeal of personal attacks and standing by her convictions, but seriously girl, get out of there. Time to focus on safety in such an unbalanced environment.
Posted by uberstellar on October 21, 2010 at 10:16 AM · Report this
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Where are the standards for behavior of the basketball players? The school should have kicked that bastard off the team. Apparently they value winning a game over the life of that poor girl. The officials should be fired by the schoolboard. She will be forever traumatized, but hey, the school might win a trophy!
Posted by gme11 on October 21, 2010 at 10:19 AM · Report this
John Brown 29
These are the same people who want queer teens browbeaten into self-hatred and despair. There ARE two Americas; decent and the indecent.
Posted by John Brown on October 21, 2010 at 10:37 AM · Report this
pg13 30
Here's what gets me...someone had to complain.

Someone had to be watching her while she cheered, noticed that she wasn't really saying his name and decide that was worth pointing out and demanding that action be taken about. Couldn't let someone deal with something in their own way, can't leave well enough alone, must rigidly enforce orthodoxy regardless of the situation--that's a specific kind of evil.

...and I can't decide what's worse...if the person that drew attention to her not saying his name was someone associated with the school, someone from the family of the rapist, a parent of another cheerleader...or just someone who had absolutely nothing to do with anything.
Posted by pg13 on October 21, 2010 at 11:01 AM · Report this
smade 31
Is it okay if she uses his nickname, "Mr. Rapist Motherfucker", instead?
Posted by smade on October 21, 2010 at 11:12 AM · Report this
Geni 32
This makes my stomach hurt. Maybe she could yell his name with a slightly different pronunciation. "Go, Rapist, Go!"

I can't believe the whole fucking cheer squad isn't behind her on this one. That pretty much makes me ill.
Posted by Geni on October 21, 2010 at 11:31 AM · Report this
mandaline 33
Well at least there is justice for sexual assault by professional athletes!

...oh wait.
Posted by mandaline on October 21, 2010 at 11:39 AM · Report this
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The whole point of cheerleading squads is to throw tits and ass in front of your face to enhance your experience of watching men battering each other.

These roles are totally enshrined in high school culture and promoted by the adults who run schools. It's done on purpose to harness and aggravate raging hormones for the sake of "school spirit".

This story is terrible, but it's totally in line with football culture.
Posted by beccoid on October 21, 2010 at 11:59 AM · Report this
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Texas, Sports, Rape, Subjugation of Women, and general heartlessness. Anyone who has lived in that homophobic, male-dominated state, where pathetic levels of machismo cover up weak, stupid men with wretched personalities... is not surprised.

It's a big place. There are nice people there. But, there are nice people everywhere. There aren't school superintendents who force high school girls to cheer for their rapists everywhere.

Leave out the location and end the article with "what state did this happen in?" 90% of people would name somewhere in the south, and a solid 30% would guess Texas right off the bat. Because it's that predictable.
Posted by nullbull on October 21, 2010 at 12:08 PM · Report this
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American Taliban? hardly? not allowing fact to get in the way of a good rant, absolutely. Presumption of Innocence. Don't tell me you are all as dumb as Palin and O'Donnell! It's in the freakin' constitution, look it up.

October 19, 2008, assault is alleged. boy is removed from team.

January 2009, jury refuses to indict, boy is reinstated to the team.

February 27, 2009, cheerleader refuses to cheer

March 4, 2009, school removes her as cheerleader.

the kid had been accused and the grand jury refused to indict. the presumption of innocence is on the side of the boy.

she alleged assault, the jury did not see fit to indict. the school would have no business treating the boy any different because he was presumed innocent.

after November 2009, when he was finally indicted, sure, limit his activities, kick him off teams, do not allow him at school dances, etc. but at the time of the cheering issue, the kid had been accused and the grand jury did not indict.
Posted by the constitution on October 21, 2010 at 12:13 PM · Report this
BEG 37
@27 -- here's the thing. Pick out a girl, any girl, who accuses someone of raping her.

What is the standard response? (Unless she is a 4 year old virgin.)

That's right. WHY SHE MUST BE A DRUNKEN SLUT WHO MADE A HORRIBLE LAPSE IN JUDGEMENT AND MUST BE PUUUUUNNNNNNIIIIIISSSSSSHHHHHHEEEED! ESPECIALLY FOR DRAGGING THAT POOR BOY'S NAME THROUGH THE MUD!

Yeah. So every single writeup/coverage/etc of a rape case is going to go over every single detail that doesn't line up with The Virgin Mary's lifestyle and shred it up. In fact I will go out on a limb here and say you're pretty much guaranteed to find these sort of "extenuating or troubling circumstances" in any media coverage of a rape case.

And you know, we internalize this. I have in the past not spoken up about sexual assault because I thought it was my fault. And even if I hadn't, the thought of the sort of typical media circus, counter accusations, attitudes from *everyone*, would have made me pause. Easier to let it slide and avoid the perp instead.

When studied, the actual instances of "false rape" cases are vanishingly rare. Not surprising when there's so much social pressure not to report them, indeed not even to see them *as* rape. (Myth Busting: False Rape Reports.)

We really don't have any way of knowing exactly what happened in this particular case (or any case). But even for the sake of argument, let's say she went somewhere, looking for a bit of fun. That still doesn't entitle someone to rape her. Anymore than being drunk in a bad part of town entitles someone to assault and rob them.

It does not absolve the aggressor of ANY RESPONSIBILITY. Even if we think poor judgment was involved, it is the attacker who decided to take advantage of the situation to commit a crime. You are not entitled to steal someone's wallet even though it is hanging half way out their pocket. Think about it for a while. Who forced you to to steal it?

Yeah.
More...
Posted by BEG http://twitter.com/#!/browneyedgirl65 on October 21, 2010 at 12:22 PM · Report this
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I am again amazed at the extent schools care about pointless shit. Even if there wasn't the horrific angle of raped/rapist, WHO THE FUCK CARES IF SHE CHEERS ONE GUY'S NAME.
Posted by Gloria on October 21, 2010 at 12:59 PM · Report this
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Reading some of the other coverage, there are some fucked up comments. One accused this girl of making this a "public spectacle", ignoring that her original protest method was just a silent omission that nobody should have noticed. And NOT screaming this guy's name (while other girls do) constitutes "harassment" and "ostracization." Oh my goodness.

Jesus. Have I already run out of my faith for humanity AGAIN?
Posted by Gloria on October 21, 2010 at 1:06 PM · Report this
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School administrations are rife with absolutely ridiculous disregard for common decency...
Posted by clarkma5 on October 21, 2010 at 1:14 PM · Report this
attitude devant 41
BEG, @37, I applaud your impassioned response, but I think 27 (uberstellar) is a misplaced target for your outrage. Read that post again.
Posted by attitude devant on October 21, 2010 at 1:16 PM · Report this
John Horstman 42
How the fuck did he get off without any jail time? And what s the school thinking? He PLEADED GUILTY TO ASSAULT for fuck's sake! It's high-school basketball, which is NOT as important as student safety.

@37 (re: @27): You're not even entitled to steal it if you find it sitting on the ground, in fact: you're required by law to turn it over to the police, who will make a good-faith effort to locate the owner. In most municipalities, if no one claims it in X days, it it given to the person who found it. But, yeah, if she WAS drunk, she was not necessarily in a state to give free, active consent. DON'T FUCK DRUNK PEOPLE unless you're certain that they're really in control of themselves, because if they're NOT in a state to freely consent to the sex, then you are raping them under most legal definitions of rape (even if they say it's okay). Further, one may withdraw consent for sexual activity at any time, even in the middle of sexual activity, so the fact that she agreed to the threesome doesn't mean she wasn't raped - she may have withdrawn her consent at some point and was not allowed to stop/leave (if she was in any state to give consent in the first place).

That said, false rape accusations DO occur (have a listen to this week's Lovecast for an example), though there are FAR more unreported rapes and truthfully-reported rapes than false accusations. Either way, I don't know what the school's thinking - why on earth are they trying to force the girl to cheer for someone who pleaded guilty to assaulting her?
Posted by John Horstman on October 21, 2010 at 1:30 PM · Report this
STS 43
Petition signed, shared story on FB for friends to sign petition there.
Posted by STS on October 21, 2010 at 1:48 PM · Report this
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I forget that, living in Austin, the state of Texas is actually quite this disgusting and downright vile. It makes me ashamed to even live here.
Posted by AustinBetterThanTexas on October 21, 2010 at 3:03 PM · Report this
keshmeshi 45
It's basketball, not football.

I guess it's nice (?) that Texans' misogyny trumps their racism? I mean, decades ago, the basketball player would have been presumed guilty by virtue of his race and would have been lucky to escape a lynching. That's sort of progress, right?
Posted by keshmeshi on October 21, 2010 at 3:15 PM · Report this
long-time reader 46
These athletes are the "Real Americans" that Palin keeps telling us we are inferior to.
Posted by long-time reader on October 21, 2010 at 3:31 PM · Report this
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I feel sick having read this. I forget who said "cheerleading isn't important, go be a rape victim advocate", but you should probably think about it from her point of view: these girls she cheers with have probably been her support system since preschool...think how much it must hurt to have her support system divided or even against her...for something that wasn't her fault!! Clinging to cheerleading might be her way of grasping at normalcy.

I do think the administrators should be fired. Letting a guy who plead guilty to assault roam free on a high school campus is bad enough...forcing a rape victim to indicate approval and support for the person who raped her is absolutely inhuman. And we call ourselves civilized.
Posted by ladyrockess on October 21, 2010 at 4:37 PM · Report this
Mischa Vainburg 48
My soul is vomiting.
Posted by Mischa Vainburg http://squidbasedink.wordpress.com on October 21, 2010 at 6:10 PM · Report this
venomlash 49
@12: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

@37: I know, huh? A friend of mine was raped recently (by a scumbag she met over the internet), and her parents (her PARENTS!) have responded by blaming her for it, and dropping the charges against her attacker.
Posted by venomlash on October 21, 2010 at 6:47 PM · Report this
luke1249 50
The amount of ignorance displayed in the comments is sad. This kind of thing happens all over the country. Ragging on Texas is just bigoted.
Posted by luke1249 on October 21, 2010 at 6:59 PM · Report this
Fifty-Two-Eighty 51
I'm happy somebody got the reference.
Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty http://www.nra.org on October 21, 2010 at 7:05 PM · Report this
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This story is god-awful, and I'm writing those assholes a letter. But those of you who think this could "only happen in Texas" are kidding yourselves.
Posted by okay12345 on October 21, 2010 at 7:15 PM · Report this
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This is evil, and I'm writing those assholes a letter. But those of you who think this could "only happen in Texas" are kidding yourselves.
Posted by okay12345 on October 21, 2010 at 7:21 PM · Report this
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@41, thank you. There is a difference between the general knowledge of a moral person understanding that in reality, there is a majority of adult american people that can justify blowing off a young girl's trauma because of their preconceptions and bias, but when I was actually reading the comments from supposedly fully grown, educated human beings (most were grammatically correct after all) I was overwhelmed with angry emotions. Between that and my tendency to run-on sentences, it would be easy to misconstrue my point. My original comment was to the effect of, to understand why it's possible that a boy convicted of assault is able to still attend the same school as his victim, and to understand why the victim is being actively punished, we have to understand the mindset of not only the corrupt high school officials but the entire local area this girl hails from. At this point, there is the very upstanding ideal of achieving a role model status and standing firm and proud amongst injustice, but I would hope that somebody sits this poor young lady down and says "this is not a fight you are obliged to stand for." I genuinely fear for her wellbeing and hope that she looks out for her own best interest rather than puts herself under further scrutiny and abuse by staying in the spotlight as a crusader. She's too young to feel responsible for the burden of a greater purpose.
Posted by uberstellar on October 21, 2010 at 7:42 PM · Report this
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Well if the American Taliban was in action, I trust that they put this cheerleader in a burqa, forced her to stay in doors, and then disfigured her when she tried to go to the high school. Right?
Posted by Eric126 on October 21, 2010 at 7:50 PM · Report this
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My e-mail:

All this for a guy who plays sports in your school. You're going to force a young woman, who was RAPED, to have to do something that clearly will traumatize her for the rest of her life? All because one horny dumbass, that your stupid fucking school has essentially bought out, figuratively or literally, is a "star athlete."

Give me a break, learn that high school is supposed to prepare people for the rest of their lives. Learn that just because someone goes to your school, doesn't give you the right to act like the hand of God when it comes to them, and learn constitutional rights that every human being, even "lowly rape victims" are entitled to.

Just because he can run faster, jump higher, and do whatever the hell you ask of him and brings money to your school does not give you the right to completely embarass this young woman. You are pathetic excuses for human beings in FORCING her to do something that is uncomfortable for her. Not only do you not understand the doctrine by which this country is governed, you don't understand basic human empathy and your role in guiding children for the purpose of their future successes. I'm not asking you to kick this guy out of school, even though this disgusting motherfucker doesn't deserve to breathe the same air that we do until he learns to become closer to a model citizen, because he is an admitted felon.

Just like he raped that young lady, you "authority figures" are raping her of her rights by also FORCING her to do what she not only doesn't want to do, but also clearly hurts her. Maybe you need to get raped by your bosses and then have to see them everyday at work to really understand how bad she must have it right now.

He may have done an unjustice, but you people are clearly the scum of the earth.

Ever so sincerely and in hopes of your future failures,
Ali
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Posted by titadab05 on October 21, 2010 at 9:58 PM · Report this
curtisp 57
So this punk and his friend shoved the girl into a bedroom at a party and when people tried to break into the room and help her the punks fled naked out the window. Then the sweat stank covered nut sack threatend the owner of the house for refusing to give him his clothes back. Now he is back on the team. Apparently the only thing this school has going for it is winning basketball games. Best to bulldoze the place with the punk in it.
Posted by curtisp on October 21, 2010 at 9:58 PM · Report this
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My e-mail:
Title -- Wow, and you call yourselves "leaders"

Body -- All this for a guy who plays sports in your school. You're going to force a young woman, who was RAPED, to have to do something that clearly will traumatize her for the rest of her life? All because one horny dumbass, that your stupid fucking school has essentially bought out, figuratively or literally, is a "star athlete."

Give me a break, learn that high school is supposed to prepare people for the rest of their lives. Learn that just because someone goes to your school, doesn't give you the right to act like the hand of God when it comes to them, and learn constitutional rights that every human being, even "lowly rape victims" are entitled to.

Just because he can run faster, jump higher, and do whatever the hell you ask of him and brings money to your school does not give you the right to completely embarass this young woman. You are pathetic excuses for human beings in FORCING her to do something that is uncomfortable for her. Not only do you not understand the doctrine by which this country is governed, you don't understand basic human empathy and your role in guiding children for the purpose of their future successes. I'm not asking you to kick this guy out of school, even though this disgusting motherfucker doesn't deserve to breathe the same air that we do until he learns to become closer to a model citizen, because he is an admitted felon.

Just like he raped that young lady, you "authority figures" are raping her of her rights by also FORCING her to do what she not only doesn't want to do, but also clearly hurts her. Maybe you need to get raped by your bosses and then have to see them everyday at work to really understand how bad she must have it right now.

He may have done an unjustice, but you people are clearly the scum of the earth.

Ever so sincerely and in hopes of your future failures,
Ali
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Posted by titadab05 on October 21, 2010 at 10:00 PM · Report this
curtisp 59
#42 - He said it was a misunderstanding and him and his penis are ready to move on. "I'm sorry your honor. My dick thought she sould like it". Does that mean nothing to you!
Posted by curtisp on October 21, 2010 at 10:06 PM · Report this
BEG 60
@54 -- I wasn't quite railing at you. I think we were both looking at the whole setup around what happens when there are accusations of rape, and that can really set me off (as you might have noticed). But yeah, it's not clear in my post where my ire is directed, so my apologies because it looks like it's directed at you.
Posted by BEG http://twitter.com/#!/browneyedgirl65 on October 21, 2010 at 11:09 PM · Report this
Sharon Cousins 61
Seems as if being raped once would be bad enough (it certainly was for me) even without getting raped again by the school system. Outrage doesn't even begin to cover it. Hang tough, H.S., and remember, every speck of dirt is theirs.
Posted by Sharon Cousins http://write-em-cowgirls.com/ on October 21, 2010 at 11:13 PM · Report this
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GET A ROPE !
Posted by ERIC CARTMAN on October 21, 2010 at 11:51 PM · Report this
watchout5 63
@27 thanks for that update, that's really fucking pathetic.

No amount of football is worth this, if it were legal to castrate people against their will I'd start with these 3 boys and move up to the parents. If I had a son, who was even being accused of these kinds of things, he'd never get to play sports with people, he'd be locked away in a mental institution if the cops didn't get him first. Not that running away is ever a great option, but I think that lady should change her name and move to another city and continue with her life. Whatever she does, don't ever live in texas, that place is a hell hole to believe this shit.
Posted by watchout5 http://www.overclockeddrama.com on October 22, 2010 at 3:54 AM · Report this
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titadab05 @ 58:
All this for a guy who plays sports in your school. You're going to force a young woman, who was RAPED, to have to do something that clearly will traumatize her for the rest of her life? All because one horny dumbass, that your stupid fucking school has essentially bought out, figuratively or literally, is a "star athlete."

Give me a break, learn that high school is supposed to prepare people for the rest of their lives
Seems like they're doing a pretty good job of showing her what the real world is like.
/accuratecynicism
Posted by seeker6079 on October 22, 2010 at 4:09 AM · Report this
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I'd have an easier time seeing the view of schools in these situations and maybe arguing, "well, it may not be clear" were it not for the fact that they always seem to come down on the side of the athlete...
http://www.alternet.org/reproductivejust…
for example.

If their default position seems to be "rape accusation? Is it a college girl? Is he an athlete? If the answer to either question is "yes" then she's probably a lying slut" then they can't expect to be taken seriously.

About the only exception was the Duke lacrosse case and that was a mess, too, indicating that schools have a real problem in how they handle these things.
Posted by seeker6079 on October 22, 2010 at 4:19 AM · Report this
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Victim Blaming: America's National Sport
Posted by ScaryMara on October 22, 2010 at 9:53 AM · Report this
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It is amazing to what extent the ‘good ole boys’ will go to in order to protect their own. This is a major cover up. If the perpetrator had just been a normal student he would have been hung out to dry. There is a crystal clear double standard here and a ‘no win’ situation for the victim. I feel for her and her family. I’m sure they are very disgusted as well as upset and they should be!

Clay Boggess
http://www.BigEventFundraising.com
Posted by clayboggess on October 22, 2010 at 10:05 AM · Report this
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I am not surprised this was Texas. Unfortunately, I lived there for 19 years. Women are thought to be beneath men. School sports are more important than anything else to most of the State Their mentality is definitely below average.
Posted by Karen Kromer on October 22, 2010 at 12:50 PM · Report this
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Bet you it was her coach or some other paraprofessional who ratted her out. NO ONE else cares if every single cheerleader is smiling or cheering in unison.
Posted by Alruane H. on October 23, 2010 at 1:16 AM · Report this
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@20 I must take exception to your implied insult against Neanderthal man. At least at the point I took paleontology and anthropology, the thinking was that the Neanderthals were relatively peaceful and possibly spiritual in similar ways to the Australian Aborigines of today. It might explain why they were wiped out/subsumed by the Cro-Magnons.

If these people we're talking about in Texas were actual Neanderthals, they might be nicer people.
Posted by Brooklyn Reader on October 23, 2010 at 10:38 AM · Report this
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My e-mail, and letter I snail-mailed:

Mr. Bain, Jr.,

The public school system is supposed to be a positive learning environment. Students should feel safe and welcomed when attending school; and I'd hope, as Superintindent you'd agree with this fact. However, your latest actions prove the opposite.

Young girls have been endangered by your flagrant disregard of correct disciplinary action. Furthermore, the female that did step forward to press charges, you have punished her by depriving her of the one extracurricular she chose to remain committed to, despite any emotional difficulty it may cause for her. That's right. I'm talking about rapist Rakheem Bolton, and his vistim, H.S.

Do you realize what you are teaching the boys in your district by these actions? Women are not to be respected; they are second-class citizens, even when they have been wronged. Despite the fact that H.S. was the victim in this matter, she is the one that is ultimately punished (for not wanting to shout cheers of encouragment to her rapist - how astonishing!), and Rakheem is given a slap on the hand and a pat on the ass as he struts back out on the football field.

I am disgusted. Not just because this happened. Yes, it was a horrible thing - and although it makes me sick to my stomach, rape does happen - and it was not your fault. What makes me disgusted is the way you have chosen to handle the situation. What makes me disgusted is that the public has entrusted the care of their children in you and you have completely disappointed them. As far as I am concerned, you are an accomplice to the crime. You are supporting this degradation of women and practically rewarding this male for the rape, simply because you refuse to punish him. I hope the parents of the children in your district will come to their senses and relieve you of your position. You are an embarrassment to the school system.

Sincerely,
Catrina Cantwell
Vice-President
Association of Women's Studies
University of Central Oklahoma Chapter
More...
Posted by ucoaws on October 23, 2010 at 2:59 PM · Report this
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anyone feel like diggin up the contact info for the judge who let this guy get off with no jail time?
Posted by HK on October 23, 2010 at 4:48 PM · Report this
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Texas, anyone surprised?

Just be glad he wasn't allowed to rape her in front of cheering fans shouting, "Slut!".
Posted by rarian rakista on October 24, 2010 at 12:13 AM · Report this
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I keep seeing everyone bash Texas as if that is the only place this sort of patriarchal bullshit happens.

Got news for you, kiddies, rape apologism and the old boys' club is alive and well in the ENTIRE United States, not just Texas. In fact, student rapists are almost NEVER convicted and imprisoned for their rapes and the average student rapist will rape 6 women by the time he graduates college. For some reason, it's deemed acceptable to rape a woman in high school or college in this country. There have been cases where the rapists have been caught in the act by others or confessed to the rape and they've gotten off.

Face it, fellow Americans, rape is not considered the outrageous and heinous violation of a person's physical autonomy that it should be. All too often it is excused with variations of "he's really a good guy" or "she was asking for it". NO! If he rapes, he's not a good guy and she never asks for it.

Don't blame this one on Texas when there's plenty guilt to spread around.
Posted by Ciaochowbella on October 24, 2010 at 5:21 AM · Report this
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So, I realize I'm going to catch hell for this...but does anyone know the details of this assault? Usually when pleading to a lesser, included charge, it's because there are mitigating factors. For instance, perhaps it was attempted rape and not rape. Or even may have been a case where there was an argument and she, for whatever reason, only claimed rape. If... and I stress the word if... this is as simple as "she was raped, he got probation, now she's kicked off the squad because she wouldn't yell his name at the basketball game", then I completely agree that anyone involved in this should be buggered, over and over with a dry, hot poker. But... there HAS to be more to it than that. No one risks media exposure of this type over something like that. It's entirely possible that she only claimed rape, everyone knew, but convicted him and gave him probation and let him back on the team and everything that followed. And now that she's causing a stir, once again, by refusing (and keep in mind, apparently nobody just saw her not cheering; she actively said, "I'm not doing this.") to cheer for this guy, they're just tired of her getting attention. Sounds much more plausible to me.

Of course, I could be wrong and there's just something in the water there in Silsbee, Texas that causes retardation and ignorance. If so, I'll apologize. But this just seems ridiculously slanted and biased, with a lack of information.
Posted by Maji on October 24, 2010 at 6:06 AM · Report this
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I don't blame her one bit. I hope she strings the superintendent up by his balls.
Posted by Amber*K* on October 24, 2010 at 12:10 PM · Report this
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I say get rid of the rapest & put the girl back on the team, they are punishing her for speeching out, this is why most women don't come out when stuff like this happen far it just might make thing harder....... kick the ass off the team & put her back..... thats my cheer...........
Posted by margij1975 on October 24, 2010 at 1:10 PM · Report this
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this is screwed up but why get redress from the courts? surely getting the students on your side would be a better idea. stupidity is not always illegal after all.
Posted by rah rah rah on October 24, 2010 at 2:18 PM · Report this
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I'm with Ciaochowbella (#74)...stop with the gratuitous Texas bashing, you ignorant, hypocritical motherfuckers. There's plenty wrong with Texas, but as 74, pointed out, we're not the only ones. Texas is a BIG FUCKING STATE with a very diverse population, so quit painting us all with the same brush.

I am not surprised that this cheerleader/rapist story happened in Silsbee. That's in a part of the state called "Deep East Texas" by the folks who live there...we're talking BACKWOODS, Deliverance-style shit. I know. I was forced by circumstances to live there for a while. It was a culture shock for ME and I grew up in Houston, for fuckssake. I taught in a high school in a town even smaller than Silsbee. Let me tell you something...those folks don't get out much. They're buried in the Piney Woods so deep, they're practically lost to civilization. Deep East Texas is the westernmost fringe of the deep South, with all that entails. I feel so sorry for this girl and will write to the superintendent.

I'm not denying that Texas has its issues, but the freeflowing Texas bashing needs to fucking stop. Like Washington State is perfect. Give me a fucking break.
Posted by evolve_or_die on October 24, 2010 at 9:14 PM · Report this
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The people involved are mostly likely Negroes.
Posted by colonel sanders on October 24, 2010 at 11:02 PM · Report this
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I'm with Ciaochowbella (#74)...stop with the gratuitous Texas bashing, you ignorant, hypocritical motherfuckers. There's plenty wrong with Texas, but as 74, pointed out, we're not the only ones. Texas is a BIG FUCKING STATE with a very diverse population, so quit painting us all with the same brush.

The people involved here are most likely Negroes. Rakheem?? hello? So all of your bashing of these people makes you all racist does it not?
Posted by colonel sanders on October 24, 2010 at 11:08 PM · Report this
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I'm surprised they didn't make her thank him for showing her a good time.
Posted by Y http://facebook.com/ymarksthespot on October 24, 2010 at 11:11 PM · Report this
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(Said with extreme sarcasm and disgust.)
Posted by Y http://facebook.com/ymarksthespot on October 24, 2010 at 11:12 PM · Report this
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Most of Texas is made up of Mexicans, their anchor babies, assorted Negros and various Asiatics. Whites are a minority there. All you white people in The Pacific Northwest love to look down your noses at Texas, but it just makes you look like racists because the people you condemn in news stories like this are usually not white. Over 55% of all rape convictions in the USA are handed out to Negros. This guy's name is Rahkeem. (probably not Vietnamese) Negro males are only @6.5% pf the population! Not only that, but I read recently on "the Root.com" that 49% of all Negro females in the USA between the ages of 14 and 49 have Herpes!! They're just keeping it real, for real.
Posted by colonel sanders on October 24, 2010 at 11:17 PM · Report this
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This is pretty disgusting. Please punish the rapist and not the raped.It seems that the ability of
stressed out over worked Americans to judge events with the common sense that should be innate
within us is rapidly dwindling. The fact we do not understand that every problem we have we have
created ourselves is going to be a problem for us in the future. I do not know if you're stressed out
or over worked but I do however know that introspection, as well as problem solving skills in our
youth and our working class are lacking these days with the 'get rich quick while being lazy'
mentality that is fostered in our society. Maybe you just didn't ask the question "Is there a reason
she refuses to cheer his name?", or maybe you just didn't care (please say its the former), and maybe
this is just a small mistake, an err, an overlooking of an important fact, in which case, despite being
reprehensible, it can be forgiven given a fairly good track record in your previous years.

But if you did this intentionally, you are despicable. If you knew about the rape charge, you are
despicable. If you still feels this is justified you are despicable. And I do understand the other side,
the side that says if this girl gets to not cheer the other girls will choose not to cheer people they
don't like or this or that but this is clearly extraneous to petty highschool drama and to that debate
because a girl who has been raped needs friends and support, and stripping away from her the
ability to participate in an activity where she will find just that is almost inhumane.

Maybe its not the end of the world, but do the right thing. You'll sleep better.
Posted by TheEmailiSent on October 24, 2010 at 11:47 PM · Report this
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yo yo yo on that tip check it out yo!
http://www.seattlepi.com/local/428432_an…
The perp's name be Faribah Maradiaga. I am guessing that that's not Irish right? Y'all chillax cuz I b keepin it real, 4 real yo. Snakin' on Chicken and whatnot. yo.
Posted by colonel sanders on October 25, 2010 at 12:42 AM · Report this
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@86: You might wish to try trolling perhaps a little harder.
Because this is my opinion.
Posted by venomlash on October 25, 2010 at 12:58 AM · Report this
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For the record, this is the scumbag school superintendent who believes she should cheer on her rapist: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1… His name is Richard Bain.

This is the scumbag principal of the high school who ordered her off the cheer squad for refusing to cheer the rapist on to victory http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1… His name is Eldon Franco.

You should feel free to contact them on Facebook as well as writing and emailing them.
Posted by cmpaugh on October 25, 2010 at 1:07 AM · Report this
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For the record, this is the scumbag school superintendent who believes she should cheer on her rapist: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1… His name is Richard Bain.

This is the scumbag principal of the high school who ordered her off the cheer squad for refusing to cheer the rapist on to victory http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1… His name is Eldon Franco.

You should feel free to contact them on Facebook as well as writing and emailing them.
Posted by cmpaugh on October 25, 2010 at 1:11 AM · Report this
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should of been hung instead of playing basketball, its not just Texas its all over!!!!! change the laws and make it 25 to life first offence and then hang the animals
Posted by DStrope on October 25, 2010 at 1:51 AM · Report this
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Copy of the email to these tards:

To Superintendent Richard Bain, Jr and Mr Eldon Franco ,

When I read about this issue, I was sick to my stomach. What the hell is wrong with you? Seriously? This is absolutely unacceptable and you are ruining not only your school's name, your name, but your country's name also. This is so unimaginably appalling, I wonder if the people in charge ever attended a highschool or lived in a community where things like deceny and ethics were taught. It seems highly doubtful. Although I'm not a religious man, I'll pray for you and pray that God is busy doing something more important while this nonsense is going on, so he misses it. I'll be personally spreading this story around as much as possible and making sure that everyone I know (and hopefully everyone they know), knows just how insanely idiotic and awful this situation is.

Putting the value of winning basketball and supporting a rapist over the psychological well-being of said rapists' VICTIM (I mean, come on, are you SERIOUS?), its absolutely pathetic. You are both pathetic human beings for letting this happen. Neither of you are real men, but shallow insignificant fools.

Reinstate the cheerleader and apologise.

Your mothers would most definitely be infinitely ashamed of you right about now.

Regards
Posted by ridiculous on October 25, 2010 at 6:38 AM · Report this
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To Superintendent Richard Bain, Jr and Mr Eldon Franco ,

When I read about this issue, I was sick to my stomach. What the hell is wrong with you? Seriously? This is absolutely unacceptable and you are ruining not only your school's name, your name, but your country's name also. This is so unimaginably appalling, I wonder if the people in charge ever attended a highschool or lived in a community where things like deceny and ethics were taught. It seems highly doubtful. Although I'm not a religious man, I'll pray for you and pray that God is busy doing something more important while this nonsense is going on, so he misses it. I'll be personally spreading this story around as much as possible and making sure that everyone I know (and hopefully everyone they know), knows just how insanely idiotic and awful this situation is.

Putting the value of winning basketball and supporting a rapist over the psychological well-being of said rapists' VICTIM (I mean, come on, are you SERIOUS?), its absolutely pathetic. You are both pathetic human beings for letting this happen. Neither of you are real men, but shallow insignificant fools.

Reinstate the cheerleader and apologise.

Your mothers would most definitely be infinitely ashamed of you right about now.

Regards
Posted by ridiculous on October 25, 2010 at 6:41 AM · Report this
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I just want to say I e-mailed them and told them of my disgust. I can't believe something like this has even happened. Our schools are in such chaos anymore. How is it a rapist has more rights than the victim?
Posted by MeLLy on October 25, 2010 at 6:44 AM · Report this
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To all those americans condemning Texas,so easy to put things in a box in order to distance yourself and proclaim your own self righteousness.But heres the thing,I don't come from America,should I now put you all in a box and exclaim,"Typicall !Only in America!"Of course not!Shit happens everywhere!The only thing to remember is that evil triumphs when good people do nothing,good luck America,go get these assholes!
Posted by kiwi nomad on October 25, 2010 at 7:08 AM · Report this
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She did a cop to get a speeding ticket ripped up. She did a Dairy Queen clerk for a free sundae, She "dated" a college Sophmore for Zack Galifianakis tickets. She did not want to be raped. She just wanted to see the show.
She got both. Not sure what was worse.
Posted by fffff on October 25, 2010 at 7:20 AM · Report this
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Terrible that happened I went thru something similar its horrible how people treat you when you press charges for rape I feel for her I pray she isn't scarred by this insane ordeal
Posted by angelique g on October 25, 2010 at 7:21 AM · Report this
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It's Texas.
Where high school sports are are king.
Where I'm sure a lot of the good old Southern Baptists probably feel like the girl was asking for it.
Disgusting? Yes.
Surprising? Not really.
Posted by harry on October 25, 2010 at 7:24 AM · Report this
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Terrible that happened I went thru something similar its horrible how people treat you when you press charges for rape I feel for her I pray she isn't scarred by this insane ordeal
Posted by anelique g on October 25, 2010 at 7:42 AM · Report this
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Google: Richard Bain Silsbee TX
And you might find his home number....
Posted by name on October 25, 2010 at 8:02 AM · Report this
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If I were her, I would now go after both the school and the boy for emotional distress. Hard to prove but not impossible by any means.
Posted by EmpressR on October 25, 2010 at 8:10 AM · Report this
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I'm not gonna lie. I graduated high school from SHS in '93. It was a shitty place then where athletics ruled supreme over academics. I see nothing has changed. I have never been proud to say that I went to any Silsbee schools, but after hearing about this, it makes me want to burn my diploma and start lying to people when they ask me where I went to high school at. All I can say to the cheerleader is, be strong and move as far away as you possibly can, as fast as you can.
Posted by karma-licious on October 25, 2010 at 8:17 AM · Report this
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What is wrong with us?
Posted by Todorojo on October 25, 2010 at 8:23 AM · Report this
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Write to Dick and tell him what is job is. He doesn't seem to know. Is this just another example of why Texas should be thrown out of the union? Yep.
Posted by sim on October 25, 2010 at 8:24 AM · Report this
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here's the rapists myspace page

http://www.myspace.com/rocb03

and his facebook

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/prof…
Posted by hoopdeedoo on October 25, 2010 at 9:20 AM · Report this
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I think the court simply applied the same logic to the school and cheerleader that it would to any employer and employee. The business (school) required its voluntary employee (cheerleader) to lie to its customers (basketball fans) regarding her support for the team. When the employee refused, she was fired. My husband was in a similar situation two years ago when he was fired for refusing to falsify arsenic levels in the groundwater around a landfill. In Texas, an employment-at-will state, an employee may be fired at any time for any reason or no reason at all (you can also quit your job for the same reasons).

It was still a nasty thing for the school to do, but based on my prior experience, there isn't anything that can legally be done about it besides harm the school's reputation.
Posted by Dragonfly7 on October 25, 2010 at 9:36 AM · Report this
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@105 brings up a good point. legally, it seems the school was within its rights. the cheerleader wasn't doing her job, she was removed.

ethically and morally, of course, it's a different matter. I think what everyone is pissed at, @105, is not the legal problem but the fact that while the school may have had a legal basis to to remove her, it also did not have to remove her. it chose to. it seems that by their discretionary removal of her, they are effectively taking the side of the alleged rapist.

of course, this assumes that this story is black and white as assumed here but who knows what's really going on...
Posted by pffft on October 25, 2010 at 10:30 AM · Report this
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screw that. assuming this guy really did rape this poor girl he should be in jail and she should be getting all the help she needs to get over the trauma of the experience paid for by her assailant(s).

i don't care about the legality, the rules, what someone wrote down in black and white on a page. sometimes what needs to happen is just what feels right. My heart goes out to this poor girl.
Posted by iambrucethemoose on October 25, 2010 at 10:31 AM · Report this
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screw that. assuming this guy really did rape this poor girl he should be in jail and she should be getting all the help she needs to get over the trauma of the experience paid for by her assailant(s).

i don't care about the legality, the rules, what someone wrote down in black and white on a page. sometimes what needs to happen is just what feels right. My heart goes out to this poor girl.
Posted by iambrucethemoose on October 25, 2010 at 10:38 AM · Report this
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Yes, everything in this article is true. Sad to say, not only do I live in this town, I WAS working at the High school at the time. It made me sick. One of the other "young men's" court date, to see how he pleas, should be this coming week. I believe he will be following the footsteps of the first guy. Texas worships football and their players. Yes, they can and do run over anything and anybody they please. Thanks to the coaches that teach them that the players have that right.
Posted by Silsbee Chick on October 25, 2010 at 12:42 PM · Report this
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this pisses me off to no end. Total douchebaggery on the schools part.
Posted by angelinmind on October 25, 2010 at 12:56 PM · Report this
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SHE ABSOLUTELY SHOULD HAVE YELLED "RAKHEEM" WITH THE REST OF THE GIRLS BUT SHE SHOULD HAVE ADDED "RAPED ME" AFTER IT AT THE TOP OF HER LUNGS!!!!
Posted by steelyglenn on October 25, 2010 at 1:03 PM · Report this
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SHE ABSOLUTELY SHOULD HAVE YELLED "RAKHEEM" WITH THE REST OF THE GIRLS BUT SHE SHOULD HAVE ADDED "RAPED ME" AFTER IT AT THE TOP OF HER LUNGS!!!!
Posted by steelyglenn on October 25, 2010 at 1:05 PM · Report this
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So did you notice that this page is displaying ads for sex personals and recruiting women for porn? That really fits in with respect for rape victims.
Posted by rpm678 on October 25, 2010 at 2:30 PM · Report this
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Seems like the High School can't follow its own policies.
http://www.tasb.org/policy/pol/private/1…
Posted by John C. on October 25, 2010 at 2:37 PM · Report this
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Yep, we're talking about Texas: a state who wants their school system to indoctrinate with unfounded theories like ID and promote Jefferson Davis as a more important historical figure than Thomas Jefferson.
Posted by dirac on October 21, 2010 at 8:32 AM

Dirac is a liar. He doesn't know what he is talking about.
Posted by I'm a stranger on October 25, 2010 at 5:01 PM · Report this
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Per the Fifth Fucking Circuit!

http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/unp…
Posted by Bill Brock on October 25, 2010 at 5:22 PM · Report this
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If that was my daughter … well look at it this way the three rapist would be eating there meals through a straw for the rest of there long and painful lives. And Superintendent Silsbee FUCK YOU TOO!
Posted by horror102 on October 25, 2010 at 5:25 PM · Report this
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This may or may not be the Facebook page of cheerleader coach Sissy McInnis (I tend to think it is, as it's blocked from search within Facebook).

http://www.facebook.com/people/Sissy-Mci…

One might wish to send her an ironic "friend request" (again, this might be the wrong person, so please keep the dark sarcasm clean, civil, and nonviolent).
Posted by Bill Brock on October 25, 2010 at 5:39 PM · Report this
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Copy of my email - first time I've ever been moved to do something like this:

Misters Eldon Franco and Richard Bain Jr.,

I am disgusted to read the artice regarding the young woman kicked of the cheerleading squad due to refusing to say her rapists name. I am not a person who normally would make the effort to contact involved parties to express my feelings and nor am I a victim myself of rape or any other crime but I just can't believe that for one, Rakheem Bolton is still allowed to play basketball, let alone not being suspended from school while under investigation, and two, that this poor girl, who has already been the victim of what I'm assuming for a high school teenager, is a devestating and life changing crime, has been forced to give up something she loves because she refuses to support her rapist.

I am not sure what it is you are trying to teach these young children in Texas, I myself and living in Sydney, Australia but was born and schooled in New Zealand but I know there is NO WAY this type of irresponsiblity and disregard for a student in need would ever occur. You do realise that you're showing these children that it doesn't matter what they do, if they play a big enough part in a school team then they are exempt from punishment.

I am trying to write this in a mature manner but I can't help but be sitting here, typing and shaking my head at the same time just thinking that your logic is fucked.

I feel sorry for the children growing up in your school and you district.
Posted by sirgurl on October 25, 2010 at 6:06 PM · Report this
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Copy of my email - first time I've ever been moved to do something like this:

Misters Eldon Franco and Richard Bain Jr.,

I am disgusted to read the artice regarding the young woman kicked of the cheerleading squad due to refusing to say her rapists name. I am not a person who normally would make the effort to contact involved parties to express my feelings and nor am I a victim myself of rape or any other crime but I just can't believe that for one, Rakheem Bolton is still allowed to play basketball, let alone not being suspended from school while under investigation, and two, that this poor girl, who has already been the victim of what I'm assuming for a high school teenager, is a devestating and life changing crime, has been forced to give up something she loves because she refuses to support her rapist.

I am not sure what it is you are trying to teach these young children in Texas, I myself and living in Sydney, Australia but was born and schooled in New Zealand but I know there is NO WAY this type of irresponsiblity and disregard for a student in need would ever occur. You do realise that you're showing these children that it doesn't matter what they do, if they play a big enough part in a school team then they are exempt from punishment.

I am trying to write this in a mature manner but I can't help but be sitting here, typing and shaking my head at the same time just thinking that your logic is fucked.

I feel sorry for the children growing up in your school and you district.
Posted by sirgurl on October 25, 2010 at 6:08 PM · Report this
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First, I would like to point out that I am a proud Texan, and situations like this are not characteristic of the majority of the state. That said, this entire situation is absurd. That boy should not be representing his school with a criminal record, and whoever made an issue of the girl not yelling her name is ignorant and most likely bigoted. We have our share of wackos just like every other area of the world. Abhorrent as this situation is, judging the entire state by isolated incidents and self-serving politicians is just as ignorant as what's happening in this case.
Posted by Moirin on October 25, 2010 at 7:09 PM · Report this
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Racial integration is responsible for this.
Posted by NowSwimBack on October 25, 2010 at 7:24 PM · Report this
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Stupid School district, this could be the start of a serial rapist. If he can get away with it he will keep doing it again and again. What the hell are you guys thinking? The message you are sending to your basketball players is that if you are good you can get away with any thing. It happens in 3rd world countries, but in Texas?
Posted by therose on October 25, 2010 at 8:32 PM · Report this
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Stupid School district, this could be the start of a serial rapist. If he can get away with it he will keep doing it again and again. What the hell are you guys thinking? The message you are sending to your basketball players is that if you are good you can get away with any thing. It happens in 3rd world countries, but in Texas?
Posted by therose on October 25, 2010 at 8:39 PM · Report this
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The same thing happened to my sister. She was assaulted by a boy at her middle school, who was then just suspended for the rest of the year. He pushed her to the ground and stuck his hand in her underwear until a teacher came by. He was not even sent to do community service or anger management work. The school did more by suspending him than the government did. She also had a boy who was in juvie send her love letters that threatened her life when she didn't write him back. She now goes to high school with both of these boys, when the judicial system should at least have made the boys go to one of the four other high schools. She sees them every day in the halls, and she changes her routes daily just to stay clear of them.
In the case of H.S. the school is being stupid, but it is Texas. School spirit is gold there. Still, it is interesting to see that once again a rapist got off scott-free. Just in the case of one of the counselors my sister had, who had been raped, and her attacker did not face charges.
We need to get the government to change the laws so that even juveniles can face assault and rape charger, because it is NOT just an accident.
Posted by graceandhonor on October 25, 2010 at 9:31 PM · Report this
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The rapist is black. Leave him alone. he did nothing wrong.
Posted by Mac Daddy on October 25, 2010 at 9:41 PM · Report this
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wow... every day i find something that makes all the more humiliating to live in tx... way to go lone star way tooo goooo....
Posted by panicmydearboy on October 25, 2010 at 9:54 PM · Report this
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The pinheads that run the school should be executed along with that disgusting piece of slime on the basketball team. Anyone and I mean ANYONE that dismisses rape because they might lose a stupid sports event should pay the same as the offender ( although I guess in this case they did. ) It is simply beyond comprehension that this kind of non justice goes on today. That Rakheem and his two buddies are guilty of a crime of such horror, psychologically scarring action that he should not even be allowed IN the school let alone have his butt kissed because he is a "star player" Talk about reverse discrimination, if this whatever nationality he is was a white American boy, more than likely he would be getting out of jail sometime around the year 2050 instead of forcing his victim to cheer his name aloud. What kind of society do we live in. If that young lady or his family would happen to be around when an accident befell this criminal, you know they would be locked up for a long time. All I can say is let me on jury, no way in the world would I convict her if she got retribution, I say find the most disease ridden skank prostitute around and pay for her to go sex up this damn fool. maybe she would give this creep aids or something worthy oh his behavior. call me what you will, but until the time comes for us to take a stand agains criminals, and punish them appropriately crime will still be committed with no fear of arrest or punishment from the system. He raped that girl, perhaps he and his buddies hould be castrated for that small over site in judgment. Maybe I sound as bad as the criminal in this case, but you know....I DON'T CARE !! if you put to death, castrate, or otherwise remove the offender from society until he is too old to do anyone any harm, say around 95 or so, the vicims will still be treated as the lying guilty party, and as long and the vicious thugs can pleas bargain they are going to do it again. maybe to your daughter, maybe to your wife, then lets see just how damn forgiving you are. Bunch of imbeciles anyway . AND anyone who agree with what happenedshould not be allowed to breathe the air, because they are too stupid to to be left out on society. If you kill them one, they won't do the crime TWICE !
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Posted by Troll on October 25, 2010 at 10:32 PM · Report this
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The pinheads that run the school should be executed along with that disgusting piece of slime on the basketball team. Anyone and I mean ANYONE that dismisses rape because they might lose a stupid sports event should pay the same as the offender ( although I guess in this case they did. ) It is simply beyond comprehension that this kind of non justice goes on today. That Rakheem and his two buddies are guilty of a crime of such horror, psychologically scarring action that he should not even be allowed IN the school let alone have his butt kissed because he is a "star player" Talk about reverse discrimination, if this whatever nationality he is was a white American boy, more than likely he would be getting out of jail sometime around the year 2050 instead of forcing his victim to cheer his name aloud. What kind of society do we live in. If that young lady or his family would happen to be around when an accident befell this criminal, you know they would be locked up for a long time. All I can say is let me on jury, no way in the world would I convict her if she got retribution, I say find the most disease ridden skank prostitute around and pay for her to go sex up this damn fool. maybe she would give this creep aids or something worthy oh his behavior. call me what you will, but until the time comes for us to take a stand agains criminals, and punish them appropriately crime will still be committed with no fear of arrest or punishment from the system. He raped that girl, perhaps he and his buddies hould be castrated for that small over site in judgment. Maybe I sound as bad as the criminal in this case, but you know....I DON'T CARE !! if you put to death, castrate, or otherwise remove the offender from society until he is too old to do anyone any harm, say around 95 or so, the victims will still be treated as the lying guilty party, and as long and the vicious thugs can pleas bargain they are going to do it again. maybe to your daughter, maybe to your wife, then lets see just how damn forgiving you are. Bunch of imbeciles anyway . AND anyone who agree with what happened should not be allowed to breathe the air, because they are too stupid to to be left out on society. If you kill them once, they won't do the crime TWICE !
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Posted by Troll on October 25, 2010 at 10:34 PM · Report this
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Why are leftists trolls in this thread blaming this on conservative Texas? Look in the mirror.

Thanks to leftists, creatures like Rakeem go to school with this poor girl. This should never have happened in the first place.

Thanks to leftists, judges are more concerned with "social justice" than actual justice. Therefore, this act will go unpunished.

Thanks to leftists, sex itself has been trivialized, which is why rape has skyrocketed as leftist ideas become mainstream.

Rakeem needs to be mutilated, end of story. That this girl's father hasn't already done so makes me wonder what kind of parents she has.
Posted by Still Going on October 25, 2010 at 11:33 PM · Report this
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Rakheem Bolton belongs in prison. The tollerance of rape and rapists sets America alongside the 3rd World. This is appalling.
Posted by The Davies on October 26, 2010 at 2:57 AM · Report this
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It was nice of the other cheerleaders to quit in support of her, and in protest at having someone who admits violence against girls on the team.
Posted by James Hutchings on October 26, 2010 at 6:38 AM · Report this
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Funny I though high school was supposed to be about learning and preparing yourself for college. It seems that in the U.S. that sports are more important than academic standards. This story is just sickening. Don't get me wrong I still think that school run sports programs are great but when it comes to unjustified results like this that this cheerleader had to deal with it makes my blood boil. The whole organization should be punished for this from the coaches right to the principal. They should lose their jobs. But really it doesn't surprise in the least that it happened in Texas.
Posted by burrman on October 26, 2010 at 7:22 AM · Report this
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Can you actually cite to a newspaper article or a court docket or something with these claims? While I feel bad for this girl if it is indeed true, your bald assertions are also alarming. For all you know the rape allegations turned out to be unsubstantiated, which is why he plead guilty to a lesser charge.
Posted by sirrix on October 26, 2010 at 8:58 AM · Report this
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Can you please cite to a newspaper article or some court documents? While I feel bad for her if this is true, your unsubstantiated fluff piece is hardly "news." For all you know, the rape charges were dropped because the cheerleader turned out to be a liar, which also wouldn't be uncommon.
Posted by sirrix on October 26, 2010 at 9:01 AM · Report this
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Sorry for the double-post - just registered and didn't see the duplication.
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And people claim there is not such thing as rape culture. Here it is, staring you in the face.

I am completely and utterly unsurprised. Ciaochow's got it right. Forget Texas; this shit IS our culture--worldwide.

Posted by femwanderluster on October 26, 2010 at 9:06 AM · Report this
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I find it disgusting her fellow cheerleaders don't ALL quit.
I find it disgusting the other players do not refuse to pay with the rapist punk.

So much for REAL team spirit.

My daughter would not be allowed to cheer for a team that was required to cheer for a rapist, my son would be pulled out of team if forced to play with this punk as well.

COME'ON parents of kids on the cheer and football team - YOU have the ability to force justice be served. SELFISH, aholes the whole lot of them.
Posted by avictor on October 26, 2010 at 12:57 PM · Report this
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I find it disgusting her fellow cheerleaders don't ALL quit.
I find it disgusting the other players do not refuse to pay with the rapist punk.

So much for REAL team spirit.

My daughter would not be allowed to cheer for a team that was required to cheer for a rapist, my son would be pulled out of team if forced to play with this punk as well.

COME'ON parents of kids on the cheer and football team - YOU have the ability to force justice be served. SELFISH, aholes the whole lot of them.
Posted by avictor on October 26, 2010 at 12:58 PM · Report this
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I find it disgusting her fellow cheerleaders don't ALL quit.
I find it disgusting the other players do not refuse to pay with the rapist punk.

So much for REAL team spirit.

My daughter would not be allowed to cheer for a team that was required to cheer for a rapist, my son would be pulled out of team if forced to play with this punk as well.

COME'ON parents of kids on the cheer and football team - YOU have the ability to force justice be served. SELFISH, aholes the whole lot of them.
Posted by avictor on October 26, 2010 at 12:58 PM · Report this
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My full, uncensored comment can be found here: http://msopinionatedsideas.blogspot.com/…
Warning: Not for the weak at heart
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My full, uncensored comment can be found here: http://msopinionatedsideas.blogspot.com/…
Warning: Not for the weak at heart
Posted by arm1007 on October 26, 2010 at 5:19 PM · Report this
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Thank God no one has stooped so low as to call Rakheem a nigger.
Posted by Mac Daddy on October 26, 2010 at 11:31 PM · Report this
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He deserves a beating and the school coaches deserve to be fired for supporting this. Hope someone gives that faggot a proper ass kicking.

cheers
Posted by kjkjtht on October 26, 2010 at 11:42 PM · Report this
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are you f-cking kidding me????? seems the high school is more concerned with winning games that the actual crime that happened. this guy raped a girl, was found guilty, and then allowed BACK to school and put on the Varsity team? WTF??? I wonder if the principal has a daughter and if this had happened to her, how he would feel aobut this? This school is totally f-cked and anybody that was involved and allowed this injustice to happen, don't worry - KARMA IS A BITCH!
Posted by NEWMAN on October 27, 2010 at 4:18 AM · Report this
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Rakheem's facebook... http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?i…
Posted by sickubusickgooddog on October 27, 2010 at 11:21 AM · Report this
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Sadly, there are places in Deep East Texas like Sillsbee that are an embarrassment to my home state. I'm a retired school administrator here in Texas. In my district the rapist would have been excluded from the campus and expelled the the State Alternative Education Program for the maximum term. But then Sillsbee is just up the road from Vidor where Balck folks are not allowed.
Posted by Retired Assistant Principal on October 27, 2010 at 2:16 PM · Report this
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I am amazed how many of the people commenting use the F word. Over all it must be a non-educated group of people with no class that read this paper.
Posted by miJack32 on October 28, 2010 at 11:57 AM · Report this
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I came across this article as I was researching a topic for a master's program. I was disgusted by what I read, but then I was equally disgusted by the judgemental attacks against all who live in Texas by those posting, including the person who apparently lives and enjoys Austin but doesn't want it to be in Texas. It is a good thing that so many of you who have posted are so pure that you don't discriminate against a group of people, ie..Texans, based on something they have in common, ie..living in Texas. This sounds a little like saying that everyone having a particular skin color or who believes a particular religion are all the same. Situations that are horrible, such as this one described in this article happen all over the US, and there are those of us who live in Texas that are just as horrified by what has been described here as many of you who have posted. However, as one person posted, there are good and bad people everywhere. I have a hard time lumping everyone in the same basket as you seem to have easily done. I sure wouldn't want to be on the wrong end of your judgemental, discrimanatory thinking because I am a Texan or I am a women or I have a different color skin. Your disgust is warrantied in my opinion in this situation, but you might want to look in the mirror as your discrimination against a group of people just because of where they live is not something to be proud of.
Posted by Texas proud on October 30, 2010 at 6:41 PM · Report this
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Let's demand that this school kicks this punk out of school and apologizes to the woman violated. There are supposed to be laws in Texas also. Bush Jr. is from Texas. Let's write him thousands of letters, tell him to hold the letters upright when reading and demand that this matter is taken care of. Where are the woman's cheerleading teammates? Don't they have any morals?

Ed
Posted by Bobcobb on November 8, 2010 at 12:28 PM · Report this
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Another male athlete getting away with whatever he wants... keeping it classy he is black. So of course his ghetto family has to get all upset during the game when their "shinning star's" name isn't being cheered by his victim. Seriously... Get this nasty thug in jail with all his buddies. Right where they belong. Let's see how they like being raped. I hope the victim can get her justice soon.
Posted by Meredith11 on November 9, 2010 at 5:16 PM · Report this
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H.S. graduated last year so no need to voice your opinions to Mr.Franco. He was not principal until this year. Thanks:)
Posted by Ryan26 on December 16, 2010 at 2:19 PM · Report this
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My name is Barbara Farris, I'm the president/founder of www.justbeeaware.com and I'm outraged about this! I will be pulling my team together and we will be fighting this!!!! I will stand and protest day and night for results!! I will stand befoer the school and the school board to see this scum bag go down!!!! When do we get enough!!! When do we the people fight back to protect our children!!! Stand with me when I arrive!!! Thank You
Posted by Bee Aware http://www.justbeeaware.com on December 18, 2010 at 11:16 AM · Report this
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I will be coming to Texas to come after this scum!!! I will stand in front of this school days and nights fighting and protesting for this cheerleader!!! I Want the state of Texas to step in and do whats right!! How can this be over looked... Please Join me Barbara Farris founder and my team of Just Bee Aware...
Posted by Bee Aware http://www.justbeeaware.com on December 18, 2010 at 11:32 AM · Report this
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For all of you who want to bash Texas, don't think for a minute those of us here aren't pissed about this situation too! And don't be throwing rocks when you all live in glass houses yourselves--kiddie porn, rape, elder abuse--crimes against humanity happens EVERYWHERE, and victims are thrown under the bus in CA,NY, FL, WA--if you think Texas has a monopoly on terrible ethical and legal verdicts, then you're just as ignorant as the people who dumped on yet another victim in this world, while letting the bad guy off with less than a slap on the wrist.
Posted by Mom of 2 on February 11, 2011 at 1:23 PM · Report this
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one of the sick RAPIST PIGS facebook page is Rakheem Sickonthafield Bolton

look his nasty a$$ up...drop him a line.."Sick on tha field" huh brother?? more like sick in the head...jeez wont take long for this "person" to end up in prison, just another idiot living the stereotype..

please dont judge all of Texas on this..im from Dallas & never even heard of that back woods town...the school officials are a complete & utter disgrace..what comes around goes around tho for stupid mother f*ckers like them..my heart goes out to the victim & i applaud her courage!!!

i agree with Bee Aware..take a stand! dont let a rapist coward prevail..
Posted by Cadahai22 on May 11, 2011 at 2:20 PM · Report this
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I have the petitions from change.org and credo.com going through my facebook page at facebook.com/mandytrouten; however, I will also say that she shouldn't have sued for violation of first amendment rights, but for violation of Title IX. One can be disseminated, as they say, because she's a member of the cheerleading squad. The other refers to discrimination, of which there's no question. H.S: if you see this, please keep that in mind. Change the terms of your lawsuit if you can and remember that you ARE an inspiration. This is BULLSHIT and we're going to do everything we can to make sure Silsbee doesn't get away with it.
Posted by trouten_m on June 6, 2011 at 9:16 PM · Report this
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I have the petitions from change.org and credo.com going through my facebook page at facebook.com/mandytrouten; however, I will also say that she shouldn't have sued for violation of first amendment rights, but for violation of Title IX. One can be disseminated, as they say, because she's a member of the cheerleading squad. The other refers to discrimination, of which there's no question. H.S: if you see this, please keep that in mind. Change the terms of your lawsuit if you can and remember that you ARE an inspiration. This is BULLSHIT and we're going to do everything we can to make sure Silsbee doesn't get away with it.
Posted by trouten_m on June 6, 2011 at 9:25 PM · Report this
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As an educator that has in the past worked in public high schools; I am disgusted by this behavior. Another example of a school system that has no moral compass or interest in actually teaching students anything; let alone the right thing. But also keep in mind that a local school district is controlled and managed by the local community it represents.

What does this say about this community as a whole, then? Priorities completely out of alignment with good taste and doing the right thing. Really, they spent what little dollars educational institutions have on going to court instead of actually reprimanding the basketball athlete - as in you have forfeit your right to actively participate in school activities (why is he allowed to continue as an athlete at all?) due to your anti-social behavior.

I have little patience for those who instead of facing the wrath of the community about not letting the violating student play; they instead feign indignation and go after the victim. I for one would rather step on the toes of the entire community than cow-tow to that type of mob rule. The entire community should be ashamed of themselves for looking the other way and allowing this to happen.
Posted by fatherof2 on June 9, 2011 at 12:12 PM · Report this
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All of the young women who attend this school need to buy tickets to the games and immediately descent on the court when the game starts to prevent the game from being played. The mothers too. Hell the fathers too. Over and over and over again.
Posted by Gidget Midget on July 6, 2011 at 4:34 PM · Report this
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This may be one of the most ridiculous things I've ever heard. I've heard of school districts taking stands that just didn't make sense but this might be the most insensitive one I've ever seen.

Howard Gottlieb
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