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Mepham update

If you read or see anything about the Mepham case, you'll invariably catch someone making a statement that the whole school "feels" for the victims and supports them.

I just got off the phone with an unnamed, reliable source from within the school, who says that at least one of the victims has returned to classes. And every day, he is taunted with the name "Broomstick Boy."

How's that for support and compassion?

Meanwhile, the Pennsylvania DA, true to his word, has filed juvenile charges against the three attackers:

The Wayne County District Attorney filed juvenile deliquency petitions this morning against three Mepham High School varsity football players accused of sexually abusing three younger teammates at a training camp near Scranton, Pa., in August.

Yesterday Pennsylvania State police released a statement saying they had petitioned Wayne County District Attorney Mark Zimmer to charge the three players at the Bellmore school, ages 15, 16, and 17 at the time of the alleged attacks, with crimes that include at least three first-degree felonies.

The charges are being filed in juvenile court, but it has been said that the prosecutors might move to have the players tried as adults.

[Most recent post and other links to this story here]


Even though I understand that the camp is in PA and the school is in NY and that is why the charges are in PA, does this mean they have to have extradition hearings and the like? Although I have general faith in our judicial system (notwithstanding the do not call list), if this were the case it does seem a bit overkill that could be dealt with in a more effective way. These "kids" need to be dealt with swiftly and very firmly.

The more I hear about it, the more this case suggests a larger societal urge to avoid the consequences of our actions, whether proper or improper. These folks just don't seem to recognize that something very bad happened and there must be serious consequences for the crimes committed by those "boys". If the crime had been a liquor store robbery perpetrated by someone unlike them - perhaps some 16 year old minority kids from another town - I doubt there would be any outcry for leniency. Hang 'em high - unless it affects ME in some way.

The same phenomenon is visible through our whole society. A large majority of the public supported going to war with Iraq, which was arguably a good thing. However, a majority now thinks we should cut back spending there and ignore the responsibilities we've incurred. I really hate to sound like Bill Bennett, but there is a certain moral weakness underpinning all this. I don't know what the answer is, other than to speak out against it. Michele's doing a great job at that for us, and deserves our thanks.

",...but it has been said that the prosecutors might move to have the players tried as adults."

Damnit, this makes me want to start my own blog. I am so sick of this crap. I have a new idea.. how about having the kids tried as adults by default, and let some lawyer try to explain why they should be tried as kids.
Odds are these "boys" will be tried as juveniles, get a light slap on the wrist, and then be set home free on thier 18th b-days.


....ok.. maybe that's a bit extreme...

It's the one who was victimized who continues to receive abuse in the hallways. The ape football players and their parents say they're the real victims. You knew this would happen.

Sadly, it will continue for as long as those people stay in that school and that town. Unfortunately, just picking up and moving here on LI is a tough thing to do for a number of reasons.

Michele, keep digging up the facts, keep it visible. Rats don't like the light.


Just a note, I'm not mad at anyone here at asmallvictory.net. I just realized that it may appear to be that way. But it's not. This blog rocks. :)

how long do you think it'll be till one of the boys being taunted goes apeshit and beats the piss out of someone? i give it a month.

I believe our whole society has become convinced that what really matters is how one "feels" about a situation. If you "feel" compassion for victims of crime, for the poor, for the sick, then you are on the side of the angels and no one can criticize you. People have forgotten that what matters are your actions in response to a situation. Feeling for the victims of this crime isn't worth a bucket of warm spit. Actually doing something -- say, if you are a teacher, hauling the kid who called a rape victim "Broomstick Boy" down to the office for a nice bawling out -- that's where true compassion lies.