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Month old story gains momentum. Disabled 16 year old girls sexual assault will not go unanswered.
The Blue State Conservatives ^ | 04/14/05 | Brian Scott

Posted on 04/14/2005 10:46:24 AM PDT by Brian Scott

This past March in Columbus Ohio a disabled 16 year old girl was sexually assulted at  Mifflin High School by a group of boys.  They beat her, stripped her naked, and video taped the incident while others watched as it happened.  This occurred while school was in session in the school's auditorium.  When the girl was finally brought to safety, a school official named Richard Watson did not want to call the authorities because it would attract unwanted media attention.  The father of the disabled girl was not called until a considerable amount of time had passed after the incident was reported.  The principle (Ms Crenshaw) has been fired for suggesting the father not call the police, yet assistant principle Richard Watson has not been fired only suspended for the same offense.  As of today there have been no charges made against any of the students who did this crime. 

Wheres the media attention to this story?  This should be national news until it's resolved.

Heres what I've found so far on the story:

Mifflin Highschools Homepage
Mifflin High Staff - Try as you may you will not find e-mail addresses or phone numbers in their staff DIRECTORY.
Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Gene T. Harris

The New York Times - Information on Richard Watson and his roll.  He has not yet been fired.
Local Channel 6 story
Channel 10 coverage
The Columbus Dispatch (pdf)
Las Vegas Sun - This story reports that an assistant principle failed to call.  That assistant principle is Richard Watson.

If your feeling in a "I wish I could do something" mood.  Why not give the school a call and ask a few questions.  But please don't call until you've read up on it and did your homework.  Above I've listed no less than 5 sources.  Read at least 4 out of 5 before making your call.

Heres the Contact Information below  (Columbus Ohio Public Schools Directory - pdf) (wasn't easy to find)

MIFFLIN HIGH
3425 Oak Spring St., 43219
Phone: (614) 365-5466
Fax: (614) 365-6628

Please be polite during your calls.

[updated: 4/14/2005 12:37:45 PM]: In a lame attempt by school officials to cover their own as***s the NY Times reports that after viewing the video tape, Richard Watson and other administrators determined that their was no coercion.

"One of the three assistant principals, Richard Watson, said he had found the videotape and then viewed it with other administrators. Their conclusion, they told investigators, was that there had been no coercion."

It's possible the coercion was not caught on tape, but school officials would have to ignore eyewitness testimony to the event to excuse their inept response.

"One witness's statement said a boy pulled the girl onto the auditorium stage, ordered her to be quiet, pushed her to her knees and forced her to perform oral sex on him.

"If you scream, I'll have all my boys punch you," the boy told her and then hit her in the face, causing her mouth to bleed, a student told the investigators."



TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: columbus; highschool; mifflin; ohio; richard; watson

1 posted on 04/14/2005 10:46:27 AM PDT by Brian Scott
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To: Brian Scott

Just a note, Ms. Crenshaw is a principal and not a principle. She's not a very principled prinicpal, BTW.


2 posted on 04/14/2005 10:49:56 AM PDT by AQGeiger (Have you hugged your soldier today?)
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To: Brian Scott
http://www.columbus.k12.oh.us/mifflin_high/1MISSION/mis.html

Skool home page.

3 posted on 04/14/2005 10:52:25 AM PDT by NativeNewYorker (Don't blame me. I voted for Sharpton.)
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To: Brian Scott

Interesting. Odd the LeperCon has not picked up on this. It would be right up Fox's alley.


4 posted on 04/14/2005 10:52:57 AM PDT by Meldrim
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To: AQGeiger
I've never met a prinicpal.

Heck, I've never met a prinic! ;-P

5 posted on 04/14/2005 10:54:55 AM PDT by MortMan (Quiet reflection does not involve a mirror.)
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To: MortMan

Whoops. That's what I get for FReeping while in lecture and forgoing my proofreading. I'll commence self-flagellation now.


8 posted on 04/14/2005 10:57:51 AM PDT by AQGeiger (Have you hugged your soldier today?)
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"One of the three assistant principals, Richard Watson, said he had found the videotape and then viewed it with other administrators. Their conclusion, they told investigators, was that there had been no coercion."

If there was no coercion, how do they explain the fact that she was punched in the mouth?

9 posted on 04/14/2005 11:03:19 AM PDT by SilentServiceCPOWife (Welcome to the Hotel Free Republic-You can check out any time you like but you can never leave)
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To: AQGeiger
Hey - You're a conservative, right? We don't self-flagellate. We hire someone to do it right!!! ;-P
10 posted on 04/14/2005 11:06:19 AM PDT by MortMan (Quiet reflection does not involve a mirror.)
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To: Brian Scott

"One witness's statement said a boy pulled the girl onto the auditorium stage, ordered her to be quiet, pushed her to her knees and forced her to perform oral sex on him."


Too bad this girl didn't give the creep a bite he would never forget, i.e., a Lorena Bobbitt special. It would have been a great object lesson to other would-be playas and gangstas.


11 posted on 04/14/2005 11:08:52 AM PDT by Cecily
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To: Brian Scott

Hey We just found out its not murder if you can't say no so how can you sexually assault a girl if they can't say no...I mean who would want to live like that, with no sex, of course she wanted it ...


12 posted on 04/14/2005 11:10:10 AM PDT by tophat9000 (When the State ASSUMES death...It makes an ASH out of you and me)
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To: SilentServiceCPOWife
If there was no coercion, how do they explain the fact that she was punched in the mouth?

At the moment, it's an assertion, not a fact.

Some people enjoy and participate in getting punched in the mouth. Who are we to inflict our judgmental values on those who enjoy B&D or S&M?

13 posted on 04/14/2005 11:11:07 AM PDT by Restorer
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To: Brian Scott
One of the three assistant principals, Richard Watson, said he had found the videotape and then viewed it with other administrators. Their conclusion, they told investigators, was that there had been no coercion.

Well...I'd say that a developmentally disabled 16 year old girl is incapable of giving consent, hence any sexual activity is going to be de facto coercion.

14 posted on 04/14/2005 11:11:45 AM PDT by keepingtrack
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To: Brian Scott

one note: Principal
I'm not nitpicking a triviality: it really is important to spell correctly when trying to make a national noise.


15 posted on 04/14/2005 11:14:46 AM PDT by King Prout (blast and char it among fetid buzzard guts!)
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To: Brian Scott
I don't know, as a parent of an autistic child, if I would call the police, either. I'd be too tempted to administer justice myself.

Some things didn't make sense to me:

"It was shown in the math class," says her father.

What?!!!? The videotape of a sexual assault is shown in a math class? How does that happen? And what about the dozen reprobate witnesses who watched it happen in the auditorium and didn't stop the attackers? They are cowards who deserve to be expelled. What of the math class porno-watchers? How many of them reported the crimes they watched? If not, they, too, are culpable to some degree. You can't sit idly by and allow evil to go unchecked.

however there is no indication that they have been arrested at this time.

Assault and battery, sexual assault, perhaps attempted rape, imprisonment...Why the h*** aren't these CRIMINALS in jail? Again, that's why I'm not sure I would go through the bureaucrat channel.

16 posted on 04/14/2005 11:14:50 AM PDT by Choose Ye This Day (I'm an "outraged moralist" and I have no good argument. I'm headed to Marie Callender's.)
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To: Brian Scott

Seems to me it should have been the principal who called the police!


17 posted on 04/14/2005 11:18:21 AM PDT by Sunshine Sister
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To: Brian Scott

lars larson last night was talking about another rape:

a girl in oregon went to a party. an adult gave all the high school kids alcohol.

some of the girls undressed this one girl, used markers to write all over her body and genitals, and inserted drum sticks into her vagina.

the female judge said, to one of the defendants: ok, you're a girl, so you get it easy, one night in jail.


18 posted on 04/14/2005 11:19:26 AM PDT by ken21 ( wasn't fr supposed to be a place to discuss ideas?)
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To: Brian Scott

I have to say that if I was the father, chances are I would have left that school in the back of a squad car after I heard my daughter was raped and the admin did nothing about it.


20 posted on 04/14/2005 11:28:43 AM PDT by jtminton (<--Updated 03/25)
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To: Brian Scott

I viewed the school website expecting to see all kinds of PC crap, but the site has a very solid academic feel to it.

Sad story.


21 posted on 04/14/2005 11:30:05 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler ( .:: Johannes Paulus Magnus: "Well done, good and faithful servant!" ::.)
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To: SilentServiceCPOWife

< "One of the three assistant principals, Richard Watson, said he had found the videotape and then viewed it with other administrators. Their conclusion, they told investigators, was that there had been no coercion." >

If there was no coercion, how do they explain the fact that she was punched in the mouth?



Besides that...16 and in the school auditorium and videotaping it...that's enough for concern doncha think...coercion or not? Me thinks something smells bad here.


22 posted on 04/14/2005 11:31:25 AM PDT by GOP_Proud (...stumbling across Bill Bennett on the radio is like bumping into Socrates at Starbucks.-K.Parker)
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To: SilentServiceCPOWife

< "One of the three assistant principals, Richard Watson, said he had found the videotape and then viewed it with other administrators. Their conclusion, they told investigators, was that there had been no coercion." >

If there was no coercion, how do they explain the fact that she was punched in the mouth?



Besides that...16 and in the school auditorium and videotaping it...that's enough for concern doncha think...coercion or not? Me thinks something smells bad here.


23 posted on 04/14/2005 11:31:32 AM PDT by GOP_Proud (...stumbling across Bill Bennett on the radio is like bumping into Socrates at Starbucks.-K.Parker)
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To: SilentServiceCPOWife

< "One of the three assistant principals, Richard Watson, said he had found the videotape and then viewed it with other administrators. Their conclusion, they told investigators, was that there had been no coercion." >

If there was no coercion, how do they explain the fact that she was punched in the mouth?



Besides that...16 and in the school auditorium and videotaping it...that's enough for concern doncha think...coercion or not? Me thinks something smells bad here.


24 posted on 04/14/2005 11:31:37 AM PDT by GOP_Proud (...stumbling across Bill Bennett on the radio is like bumping into Socrates at Starbucks.-K.Parker)
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To: jtminton

I pulled my daughter out of junior high when she became endangered by the other students. It was the start of our homeschooling our kids.


25 posted on 04/14/2005 11:32:03 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler ( .:: Johannes Paulus Magnus: "Well done, good and faithful servant!" ::.)
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To: GOP_Proud

I agree.


26 posted on 04/14/2005 11:33:32 AM PDT by SilentServiceCPOWife (Welcome to the Hotel Free Republic-You can check out any time you like but you can never leave)
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To: keepingtrack

They should never have mainstreamed a student who is retarded in a school with gangs.


27 posted on 04/14/2005 11:34:09 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler ( .:: Johannes Paulus Magnus: "Well done, good and faithful servant!" ::.)
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To: Brian Scott

I apologize for the spelling errors. If you can't see past them, you can follow the link provided to this post. My site should have many punctuation and spelling errors corrected. Lets hope the gravity of the story isn't lost due to my errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrorrrs.


29 posted on 04/14/2005 11:43:50 AM PDT by Brian Scott
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To: GOP_Proud

So, so sorry for a TRIPLE post. Did I set a record?


30 posted on 04/14/2005 11:46:02 AM PDT by GOP_Proud (...stumbling across Bill Bennett on the radio is like bumping into Socrates at Starbucks.-K.Parker)
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To: Brian Scott

This story is so vile it is unbelievable. Where was the faculty? Why was this group of students in the auditorium without supervision.

If I was that girls father I would beat the living sh*t out of those animals with no regard whatsoever for the consequences. Let him break their fuc*ing legs and turn it into a media circus.


31 posted on 04/14/2005 11:50:08 AM PDT by ConservativeConvert
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To: Brian Scott

A link to my post of earlier today.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1383591/posts

FYI, look at the last few posts.

I have found some info talking about how this area has quite a Somali population.


32 posted on 04/14/2005 12:23:27 PM PDT by Eagle of Liberty ("Science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind." —Albert Einstein)
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To: Kerretarded

I read somewhere, maybe on freerepublic, about a school district having to have separate school buses for male and female students because the Somali boys treated the girls so badly. Maybe it's part of their culture.


33 posted on 04/14/2005 12:31:46 PM PDT by ladylib
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To: GOP_Proud

You're quite right. I'm pretty sure it's considered child pornography since she wasn't 18. Whether it was consensual or not, the filming of it is clearly illegal.


34 posted on 04/14/2005 12:53:10 PM PDT by Nauta
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To: ladylib
I read somewhere, maybe on freerepublic, about a school district having to have separate school buses for male and female students because the Somali boys treated the girls so badly. Maybe it's part of their culture.

Quite likely. Somalia is the "hotbed" of the practice of female circumcism, which at a minimum involves removing the clitoris, and may involve removing the labia minora and sometimes even more.

They don't exactly respect women in that culture.

35 posted on 04/14/2005 1:52:47 PM PDT by El Gato (Activist Judges can twist the Constitution into anything they want ... or so they think.)
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To: El Gato

I imagine they will never assimilate into our culture either. They'll always be a problem.


36 posted on 04/14/2005 1:55:58 PM PDT by ladylib
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