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'Charlie Rape Gang' members, Lakeside Middle School pupils, will appear in Columbia County Juvenile Court

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012 8:44 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012 2:35 AM
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Five Lakeside Middle School pupils calling themselves the “Charlie Rape Gang” will appear in Columbia County Juvenile Court on Wednesday morning to answer charges of simple battery, school officials said Tuesday.

Columbia County School Superintendent Charles Nagle said sheriff’s investigators met with the boys, their parents and school officials Tuesday at Lakeside Middle to inform them of the charges and the court appearance.

Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said he couldn’t confirm the charges until after the hearing.

Depending on the outcome in court, Nagle said the boys then might face the school system hearing officer, who adjudicates school-related offenses involving pupils. The hearing officer has the authority to expel.

“We’re not going to have this behavior in our schools,” Nagle said.

Several angry parents demanded Tuesday that the Columbia County school board more harshly punish the gang.

Accused this month of accosting and “dry-humping” unwilling classmates, the boys were suspended for two days for their actions.

Jennifer Rose, the mother of a Lakeside Middle pupil, called the suspension a “two-day vacation.” She demanded during a school board meeting that officials expel the pupils in the gang.

Another parent suggested the board fire Lakeside Middle Principal Felicia Turner.

Cora Doran said her son stood up to the boys and reported their actions. When the gang returned to school following their suspension, she said they threatened her son.

“My son learned the importance of standing up for people who can’t or won’t stand up for themselves,” Doran said while fighting back tears.

School board Vice Chairman Mike Sleeper said the board wouldn’t respond directly to parent complaints, but would direct central office staff to investigate.

“The safety of our students is our utmost concern,” he said. “This matter has not escaped our attention.”

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nnaugusta
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nnaugusta 02/28/12 - 10:06 pm
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Yep, sex crimes in school and

Yep, sex crimes in school and the pricipals look out for their attendance stats and their precious reputations. Happens on both sides of the river...North Augusta has it's share of middle school bullies that goes unpunished as well.

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 02/28/12 - 10:05 pm
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Well...there ya go.

Well...there ya go.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 02/28/12 - 10:09 pm
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"We're not going to have this

"We're not going to have this behavior in our schools."

Well-said, Mr. Nagle.

Let's support our SOS in his resolution to protect our kids- and schools' staffs.

JennRose
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JennRose 02/28/12 - 10:13 pm
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Slight correction to my

Slight correction to my information (I'm the Jennifer Rose quoted in the article)...I'm a parent of a student at LMS, but my child was not one of the victims. I addressed the School Board as a parent who's concerned about my child's safety and the learning environment being cultivated at LMS. I also expressed concern for all students at that school, and I thank all of the other concerned parents who attended and spoke, as well. Thank you for your time, attention, and thoughtful comments that you shared publicly.

I'm also grateful to our local media who are working to keep this very important story in the forefront of our local news.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 02/28/12 - 10:15 pm
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KUDOS once again to Captain

KUDOS once again to Captain Morris for his intolerance of misbehaviors which disrupt CC's public schools.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 02/28/12 - 10:24 pm
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I seriously doubt that the

I seriously doubt that the principal at LMS didn't share this situation with Mr. Nagle and others on the Board after it happened. Not in this day and age. The principal is not about to cover up something like this, when, in this technilogical age, the news is bound to come out....and it did. I think Mr. Nagle was caught and now he's trying to bully himself up to look like the avenging angel. I'd also like to take the oppurtunity to thank Cora Doran and her son for him standing up for the other kids who were targeted. He's a brave young man and I only wish there were more of him out there to protect those who are defenseless against bullies. Good for him. As far as the accused...I don't necessarily want them to be kicked out, arrested, or anything along those lines, but they do need to pay some sort of price. They need to be made examples for others. What a bad situation for all involved.

JAM
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JAM 02/28/12 - 10:24 pm
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My son went to LMS for 3

My son went to LMS for 3 years and we dealt with bullying the entire time we were there. We repeatedly went to the administration but nothing really changed. I am not blaming them as I know their job is difficult, but it just seems that bullying and other bad behavior was rampant. My other son is now attending EMS and we have no issues at all thankfully. It just seems from day one that things are more strict and better organized.

Bruno
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Bruno 02/28/12 - 10:36 pm
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If the school knew of this

If the school knew of this and did nothing or very little then they are duplicitous in the act as far as I am concerned.

Cynical old woman
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Cynical old woman 02/28/12 - 10:36 pm
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Unfortunately, the current

Unfortunately, the current administration at LMS is known among the students and parents as VERY lax regarding punishment. The day the Doran boy returned to school he was subjected to two girls loudly speaking to each other so the boy could hear about what was "going to happen" to the boy. What did admin do to those two girls? Rest of the day ISS. Like I said....no penalties for doing wrong.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 02/28/12 - 10:56 pm
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Cynical, you bring up a good

Cynical, you bring up a good point, but I'd like to add something to the mix. I know a few teachers, and I know that teachers HATE weak administrators, especially the ones who look the other way when it comes to disruptive students. Bullys ARE disruptive students. Every year, admistrators are evaluated by their teachers, and these evaluations are read by the "higher-ups" at the school board office. So, the people at the office DO KNOW what is happening. An underling at the school board office is not just going to read these and let the situation go unannounced to either Nagle or one of his assistants. So, again, the people at the school board office DO KNOW what is happening.
Not trying to pin this all on Nagle and his people, but these situations tend to be allowed to fizzle out on their own...or hopefully, anyway. I will say this...NOTHING gets the attention of a principal or a school board office adminstrator faster than a policeman who has been called to the school by an irate or fearful parent!

Dixieman
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Dixieman 02/28/12 - 11:03 pm
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This is insane. Send your

This is insane.
Send your kids to private school or homeschool them.

Cynical old woman
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Cynical old woman 02/28/12 - 11:12 pm
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I agree, Just. But somehow

I agree, Just. But somehow someway kids have to learn acceptable behavior and suffer consequences for not abiding by the rules. Zero tolerance for bullying? Not in this case. Should have been aggressively handled immediately!

Jason Wermers
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Jason Wermers 02/28/12 - 11:45 pm
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JennRose, I saw your comment

JennRose, I saw your comment and changed the story to reflect that you're a Lakeside Middle School parent. Thanks for your clarification, and it will be reflected in the print version in Wednesday's Chronicle, also.

Lady Diver
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Lady Diver 02/29/12 - 02:00 am
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Official Code of Georgia,

Official Code of Georgia, 1992 Edition, Title 16
16-6-22.1. Sexual battery.
(a) For the purposes of this Code section, the term "intimate parts" means the primary genital area, anus, groin, inner thighs, or buttocks
of a male or female and the breasts of a female.
(b) A person commits the offense of sexual battery when he intentionally makes physical contact with the intimate parts of the body of another person without the consent of that person.
(c) A person convicted of the offense of sexual battery shall be punished as for a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature.

panamajoe98
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panamajoe98 02/29/12 - 02:04 am
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JMO, if you believe that no

JMO, if you believe that no one tries to cover up anything because we are in the "hi tech" era....... I'll believe that as soon as a jury accepts it as a defense alibi.

GaStang22
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GaStang22 02/29/12 - 02:08 am
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What gets me the most now
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What gets me the most now that I have some experience with the public school system from a parents view, is the behavior and examples set for the students by the Parents!!!!! Always has and always will be bullys, most of the time, look at home and you can find the root of where it comes from. Sickening!! If its this bad in elementary I can only imagine how bad these kids get in middle and high with the rotten examples set by grown adults.

GaStang22
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GaStang22 02/29/12 - 02:09 am
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WTG to Ms. Duran's son. Be
Unpublished

WTG to Ms. Duran's son. Be strong and keep up the good fight young man. It may be tough now, but you will be the one to come out a winner in life later just as you are now. It takes a real man to stand up and do the right thing. I know your family is very proud. I know I am and have much respect for you and so do a lot of other kids and adults!! =)

Concerned in CC
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Concerned in CC 02/29/12 - 07:14 am
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Where are these parents

Where are these parents doing? One of the accused children went back to school and bullied someone else? The parents should have marched the kids in by the ear and made them apologize to the principal, teachers and each student they assaulted. Kudos to the young hero who stood up to the bullies. Bullies are cowards.

blues550
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blues550 02/29/12 - 09:03 am
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Agree with Concerned. It's
Unpublished

Agree with Concerned.

It's not the bullies, it's the parents that enable them.

No school can succeed without the proper support of parents back home

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/29/12 - 09:05 am
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Let's think about this for a

Let's think about this for a moment. Just My Opinion wrote at 9:24 p.m.:

As far as the accused...I don't necessarily want them to be kicked out, arrested, or anything along those lines, but they do need to pay some sort of price. They need to be made examples for others.

I am curious. What sort of price would you suggest that they pay? Be specific — money (who would they pay it to?); community service (who would keep track of the hours and the quality?); toys taken away (how would you monitor that?). Also, please give us examples of how you would make "examples" of the accused — set up a pillory at the school and make them sit in it at the bus loading location?

The devil is in the details.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/29/12 - 09:14 am
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Funny thing...a bully is a

Funny thing...a bully is a bully everywhere he goes....he is at school---at work---& even on here.....in my years I've always seen them lose everything in the end....

urright
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urright 02/29/12 - 09:25 am
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I'm sure the LMS staff is

I'm sure the LMS staff is chomping at the bit to respond, but they can't. The punishments for each infraction are spelled out in the Code of Conduct. They cannot go outside those guidelines. It's like being a Judge. You can only work with what you've been given and if the kids didn't report it or it never got to the administration, they shouldn't be held responsible.
I have worked with Felicia Turner and the rest of the staff of LMS for over 10 years and they are some of the most proactive administrators out there. She has always reported these issues and dealt with them appropriately in the past, as I believe she did this time.
Media--delve into the other middle schools and see what they are "trying to hide." Just because Austin Rhodes didn't talk about it doesn't mean it didn't happen.

SAPCS
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SAPCS 02/29/12 - 10:05 am
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Ever read stories about

Ever read stories about little rich boys who become sexual predators and wonder how no one saw it coming?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/29/12 - 10:43 am
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I wonder if we should take

I wonder if we should take legal actions against elementary school students for touching others against their will, too? Should we ignore legal action against kids below a certain age?

iwaspregnantin1993
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iwaspregnantin1993 02/29/12 - 10:45 am
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I think part of the problem

I think part of the problem is that most of our middle schools are too heavily populated. Teachers and guidance counselors can't possible be on top of what goes on in an overcrowded hallway between classes. The kids are herded like cattle. We were at Riverside Middle school before Stallings Island was built and it was horribly crowded. Unfortunately our son suffered from a few bullies who could hide shoves and physical aggression during the movement between classes. Middle school is a horrible concept. Who invented it anyway?? And if you have a middle school child, by all means, do whatever you can to keep them off the afternoon school bus. I wish EVERY day that we had made different choices for our son in middle school.

crkgrdn
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crkgrdn 02/29/12 - 10:51 am
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Given this story, no wonder

Given this story, no wonder there is widespread support for home schooling and charter schools.

And, you have to ask where is the supervision? Take a walk through most schools and you will find administrators in their offices. The only time they can be found outside their offices is when it is time for teacher evaluations.

We had our bullies in my day, but I found out real quick that an unexpected forceful punch in the nose that drew blood, took care of their kind. This sex stuff by gangs is disgusting and could lead to lethal retaliation as we have seen in schools in other parts of the country.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 02/29/12 - 10:52 am
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Little Lamb, I get what

Little Lamb, I get what you're saying. I'm a parent and, although I was just as mad and infuriated as everyone else about what these kids did, I also realized that many, many times kids just plain out do stupid and heinous things and shouldn't be crucified for doing them...but still be punished appropriately. What type of punishment is left to someone who is more educated in that area. In hindsight, if being kicked out or arrested is the appropriate punishment, then so be it. Thanks for smacking me in the head and making me rethink that statement.

TNTHOMSON
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TNTHOMSON 02/29/12 - 10:53 am
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The public school system in

The public school system in this country has been "dry humping" students for decades. Undisciplined educators cannot educate undisciplined students.

DrM-G
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DrM-G 02/29/12 - 10:57 am
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typical of Lakeside-

typical of Lakeside-

Bruno
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Bruno 02/29/12 - 11:03 am
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Our schools are in a mess for

Our schools are in a mess for a number of reasons. They range from allowing education to even be a major rather than a certification, to the fact that education majors score in the lowest on GRE testing, to the way our schools are administration heavy,to too much union influence, too much Federal government influence, to the poor parental attention paid to the children, to the "precious little snowflake" mentality parents have. We also spend, in my opinion, far too much time teaching "feelings" to kids rather than the math, English, history etc. that we should be teaching them.
In my opinion if you care about your children's education you will send them to a private school.

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