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'Rape gang' at Lakeside Middle School punished

Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 6:17 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012 11:35 AM
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A group of Lakeside Middle School pupils calling themselves “The Charlie Rape Gang” were punished last week for simulating sex acts with unwilling classmates.



Though Principal Felicia Turner spent much of Tuesday fielding phone calls and visits from concerned parents, she said she hoped to send a letter to parents explaining the situation.

A teacher overheard some pupils on Feb. 14 in class discussing something with the initials CRG and reported it to the office, Turner said.

“We began calling kids in and asking some questions,” she said. “We found out five boys were playing a game called The Charlie Rape Gang.”

After meeting with the boys’ parents on Feb. 15, the pupils were suspended for the remainder of the week.

“The parents were very upset with their kids; every single one of them,” Turner said. “They were very apologetic for their kids and assured me it would never happen again.”

The acts, Turner said, consisted of the boys sneaking up on classmates and “dry humping” them.

Victims interviewed by school officials said they didn’t report the incidents because they told the boys to stop and they complied.

Turner said the boys communicated their acts on Facebook and got the idea from someone saying the same kinds of gangs existed in South Carolina schools.

“To the best of our knowledge, this all started on (Feb. 10), and we found out about it (Feb. 14),” Turner said.

Columbia County sheriff’s deputies investigated the incidents, but no charges have been filed, Capt. Steve Morris said.

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scoobynews
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scoobynews 02/21/12 - 07:05 pm
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This is not surprising.

This is not surprising. Parents would be shocked if they saw half the notes I find on the floor or pieces of by the trash can. You can learn a lot about what your kids are doing by monitoring the computer use, looking in their bags, and lockers at school.

copperhead
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copperhead 02/21/12 - 07:33 pm
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These poor kids are just

These poor kids are just exercising their god-given right of freedom of expression! They should be praised and glorified as prime examples of government-raised children.

RogueKnight
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RogueKnight 02/21/12 - 09:12 pm
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They're lucky they weren't

They're lucky they weren't charged with sexual assault.

aubaug
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aubaug 02/21/12 - 11:29 pm
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Parents: You have NO IDEA.

Parents: You have NO IDEA. Therefore, have someone that you can trust, have a little conversation with your teen. Someone who knows what is going on...someone who can relate to your teenager....who can tell your teenager the ramifications of risky behavior. BEFORE they get hurt or permanently damaged. Emotionally or physically.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 02/22/12 - 03:22 am
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RK, What kind of

RK,

What kind of home-training? parental supervision? administrative supervision and due diligence?

ckd0822
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ckd0822 02/22/12 - 08:26 am
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The boy whose FB page was all

The boy whose FB page was all over ABC, he was at school today. His first post was dated 2/5 and they mentioned having already been doing these things. And no, the kids did not "stop when they were told" they stopped when they felt like they had thoroughly embarassed these boys. None of them felt that they could report it.

JesusIsComing
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JesusIsComing 02/22/12 - 08:37 am
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The principal says, it's just

The principal says, it's just a "game". Would it be a game if the boys tried this on her or her daughter? The boys should be charged with sexual battery, register as sex offenders, and reap the consequences of their behavior. The boys who were the victims need counseling so the homosexual acts committed by the "Charlie Rape Gang" will not have lasting effects on them.

howcanweknow
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howcanweknow 02/22/12 - 08:45 am
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I see why more and more

I see why more and more parents homeschool.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 02/22/12 - 08:49 am
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I don't know why everybody is

I don't know why everybody is so shocked by this little bunch of savages. This very same thing went on when I was in 6th-8th grade at a great neighborhood public school back in the mid-60s, back when we started each day with a scripture reading and the Lord's Prayer. It's just another form of testosterone-inspired bullying--with a "modern" thug-gang twist.

The only way to deal with it is to make sure your kid is totally clear about the personal consequences to him/herself of your finding out s/he is bullying someone else, and that s/he is also well-equipped to deal effectively with bullies who would target them.

Even among the best of families, middle school, and even high school for many, is something simply to be endured and survived by students and their parents.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 02/22/12 - 08:56 am
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I sincerely hope Austin

I sincerely hope Austin doesn't spend his whole afternoon going off on these kids, as if they had a clue, and as if his righteous indignation and outrage is warranted or important.

He can only damage things and do virtually nothing to help if he carries through with his plan, by knee-jerk response, to play like a "hard-hitting journalist" on a less-than-unusual phenomenon.

Retired Army
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Retired Army 02/22/12 - 09:35 am
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Fiat_Lux, Austin refrain from

Fiat_Lux, Austin refrain from sensationalism? Surley you jest. Ol' curly top should be on a roll this afternoon. I can see him now greasing up his lips like the LT in Good Morning Vietnam.

Fortunatley I'll either be on the golf course or if not I'd volunteer for an unneeded root canal before turning this "show" on.

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 02/22/12 - 09:40 am
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Ahhhhhh.........diversity!! A
Unpublished

Ahhhhhh.........diversity!!

As the "Facebook" generation loves to say......"y'all just being haters........"

PalPat
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PalPat 02/22/12 - 10:08 am
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If any of these victims

If any of these victims parents don't file charges with columbia county , they are the ones not doing right by their children. Sweeping this kind of behavior under the rug and hoping it will go away will only tell these problem kids that it's ok .. being kicked out of school was probably a reward for them , they probably don't want to go to school anyway.

Jane18
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Jane18 02/22/12 - 11:19 am
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Kids that go around acting

Kids that go around acting this vulgar need harsher discipline than being suspended. If they were my child, I know what would happen... and then a stay at YDC if it could be arranged(before he, or she, ends up in prison). And if the 'act' was done to my child, any and all charges would be charged against the stupid little perpetrator. I really hope some of the parents involved will do something....................

allhans
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allhans 02/22/12 - 01:12 pm
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I cannot imagine as a parent

I cannot imagine as a parent finding that my child was involved in such a reprehensible act...

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 02/22/12 - 04:28 pm
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Fiat and Retired... My focus

Fiat and Retired...
My focus is based on the concerns of CCBOE employees and the parents of other children at the school who feel the official response to this was totally inadequate and based on what I have seen and heard, they are correct.

class1
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class1 02/22/12 - 04:30 pm
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Principals are afraid to send

Principals are afraid to send students home for discipline. Students who go to Tribunals most of the time are sent back to the schools on probation.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/22/12 - 04:53 pm
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RA, you're right, for once.

RA, you're right, for once. :) This is absolutely about NOTHING.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/22/12 - 04:56 pm
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Magnolia Trace will be in

Magnolia Trace will be in that school district. Wait till those kids show up and this will seem like Ring Around the Roses.

thewaytolite
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thewaytolite 02/22/12 - 05:50 pm
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So my earlier post was

So my earlier post was OBVIOUSLY out of line so let me try this again. I'll put it simple and plain. This wouldn't be the story in richmond county. It would be a story about school violence not this "rape game". The pricipal would have found out because the offenders would have all been beat down. Columbia County just tries to hide its trash in plain site and say oh they are just being kids. Then you are surprised when a Scott Dean pops up.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/22/12 - 05:53 pm
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Those fanning the flames on

Those fanning the flames on this matter should be happy. Now some parents are filing criminal charges against the boys with the Sheriff's Office. If some of the boys are 10-11-12, I'm not even sure they can be charged? This is taking things way too far.

thewaytolite
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thewaytolite 02/22/12 - 05:59 pm
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I applaud those parents for

I applaud those parents for filing charges that is going to teach these kids that there are real consequences for their action.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/22/12 - 06:03 pm
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This happened to my grown

This happened to my grown daughter (few years ago in Augusta lounge) by an adult male....she was playing pool & he wanted to play something else.....sooo what should we do with HIM??
(and no my daughter doesn't hang out at bars all the time-)

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 02/22/12 - 06:25 pm
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These boys are 13 and 14, and

These boys are 13 and 14, and all I am doing is once again showing that the CCBOE does not know how to handle real troublemakers when they have them in their midst. The name Shawn McCladdie ring any bells?

...and Retired...if it is no big deal...why was anything done at all? Talkshow hosts are not journalists, but the fact that you think I am trying to be one makes me worry about the time you put in before you "retired".

Iwannakno
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Iwannakno 02/22/12 - 06:29 pm
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Sorry river but assault at
Unpublished

Sorry river but assault at any age isn't "taking things way to far" it's assault and they should be expelled. It also falls under the anti bullying rules and yes they can and should be charged.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 02/22/12 - 07:10 pm
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What a bunch of hysterical

What a bunch of hysterical and pompous ninnies people are these days, with talking heads banging the drum at the head of their parade.

These boys are what most middle school boys (and many m/s girls) are: stupid, bratty, hormone-driven kids. If we don't destroy them for being exactly what they are, they'll probably grow up to be decent people.

What ever happened to proportionality? It makes no sense that we are even hearing about this.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/22/12 - 07:58 pm
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Here's the main point. Sure

Here's the main point. Sure it was an icky thing no one likes, but they are middle school kids. Fiat Lux said it well right above this. Proportionality. The school authorities who have to deal with the middler schoolers BS all the time handled it in what they thought was an appropriate way.

Now we have some who have manufactured an incident out of all this with parents starting to run to the police, this and that. Heck, we'll be having civil suits before long for what kids say to each other.

Iwannakno
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Iwannakno 02/22/12 - 08:07 pm
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I wonder if you would feel
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I wonder if you would feel the same way if these "middle schoolers" were doing this to your daughter...or wife. It's assault and whether you agree or not the parents have the right to prosecute. This isn't a victimless crime. I'm not joining any "drum banging talking head" any person with reasonable sense can see this for what it is. Illegal activity trying to be swept under the rug for fear of it being an embarassment to the Columbia County school system.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/22/12 - 08:04 pm
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I've seen over the years many

I've seen over the years many will jump when kids do some kind of mischief, especially when it happens to Columbia County kids. I suppose it's for a combination of reasons, but it's a real phenomenon.

People want to show the world they would punish harder. You know the old thing of what you would do to so and so. Look for this pattern to continue over the next few days.

Remember a few years ago when some Lakeside High School boys did the senior prank thing and one of the pranks was putting road kill in the principal's parking spot? I actually heard a lady call into a radio station saying she would have shot them. I mean, goodness.

Iwannakno
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Iwannakno 02/22/12 - 08:08 pm
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Pranks are way different than
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Pranks are way different than assault.

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