2 members of 'Charlie Rape Gang' expelled from Lakeside Middle

All 5 pupils charged with misdemeanor simple battery

Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012 12:04 PM
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A Columbia County Juvenile Court judge on Wednesday expelled from school two members of a Lake­side Middle group calling itself the “Charlie Rape Gang.”

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Judge Douglas Flanagan addresses the five Lakeside Middle School pupils who called themselves the "Charlie Rape Gang." The boys all were charged with simple battery. Three were allowed to return to school, and two will have to attend alternative school or seek private education.  JIM BLAYLOCK/STAFF
JIM BLAYLOCK/STAFF
Judge Douglas Flanagan addresses the five Lakeside Middle School pupils who called themselves the "Charlie Rape Gang." The boys all were charged with simple battery. Three were allowed to return to school, and two will have to attend alternative school or seek private education.

The three other “gang” members will be allowed to return to school, Juvenile Court Judge Douglas Flana­gan decided during a detention hearing in Evans.

All the boys were released to their parents after the hearing.

The three 13-year-olds and two 12-year-olds are accused of grabbing or pushing down and “dry-humping” unwilling classmates at the school. All five were charged with misdemeanor simple battery in Juvenile Court.

“I have concerns when people push other people down or knock them down and take advantage of them,” Flanagan said. “That’s a form of bullying.”

On Feb. 14, a teacher at the school overheard some pupils discussing the gang. School officials met with the boys’ parents, and the children were suspended for two days.

A parent of a victim reported the incident to police Feb. 18, claiming her son described the boys “knocking down both males and females and jumping on top of them and humping them.”

Columbia County sheriff’s Investi­gator Brian Jones testified at the hearing that one of the boys is accused of attacking one classmate, while each of the other four is suspected of doing the same thing to three or five classmates.

“It wasn’t every one of them at every time in every situation,” Jones said. “It was basically started more or less as just a joke. … It was just kind of hump their leg or something like that.”

Jones said the “game” started between one of the boys and a South Carolina boy visiting his home. The name Charlie Rape Gang developed after one of the boys had a dog named Charlie rub on his leg at a ballpark.

During a Columbia County school board meeting Tuesday, parent Kristy Golden said one of the boys attacked her son in the school’s hallway and “made sounds like dogs make.”

The incidents mostly occurred in locker rooms and bathrooms, but also a few times in hallways and classrooms, Jones said.

None of the victims claims the incidents involved genitalia, nudity or damaged property.

Attorney Bill Fleming, who represented the boys at the hearing, said the incidents were “dry-humping or simulating pelvic thrusts, fully clothed, with other kids they went to school with.”

Three of the boys have no disciplinary histories.

Lakeside Middle Princi­pal Felicia Turner testified Wednesday that two of the boys, both 13, had disciplinary issues.

“They were in a fight and just some disrespectful behavior at school,” Turner said.

Flanagan said they were not allowed to return to school but could opt to attend the alternative school.

Parents of all the boys who attended the hearing were upset and said their sons made immature, bad choices.

The boys returning to school still might face the school system hearing officer, who adjudicates school-related offenses involving pupils. The hearing officer has the right to expel.

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Cynical old woman
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Cynical old woman 02/29/12 - 01:12 pm
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Return back to the school??

Return back to the school??

peachestee
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peachestee 02/29/12 - 01:17 pm
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Would it be great if we knew

Would it be great if we knew why some were able to return to school and others have to attend an alternative or private school. They were all involved in the hoopla. Putting them out of school is not the answer, I think they were being foolish. There should be some other consequence for the leaders as well as the followers.

Cynical old woman
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Cynical old woman 02/29/12 - 01:23 pm
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Good point, peach. Since it

Good point, peach. Since it seems administration's punishment was overruled will "she" have consequences, too??

BamaMan
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BamaMan 02/29/12 - 01:28 pm
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Now don't they look like

Now don't they look like nice, neat and clean kids in their khakis?!

crkgrdn
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crkgrdn 02/29/12 - 01:33 pm
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What a charade! Was anyone

What a charade! Was anyone surprised by how this concluded?

dgaddis
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dgaddis 02/29/12 - 01:39 pm
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I can't believe so many of

I can't believe so many of you are ready to crucify these kids. It was a stupid game. The biggest mistake they made was mixing two no-no words in with the title: rape and gang. You do realize they aren't a real gang, and they didn't actually rape anyone, right??

(EDIT: oh, Charlie is the friendly neighborhood dog. Chronicle shouldn't post stories until they're ready to post all of it.)

travisp73
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travisp73 02/29/12 - 01:50 pm
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How many of them got a

How many of them got a spanking when they got home?

fiveobike1
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fiveobike1 02/29/12 - 02:16 pm
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All of them should finish the

All of them should finish the year at the alternative school, and the principal who attempted to just sweep this under the rug should be reprimanded as well, how many more times are we going to allow our school principals to attempt to cover up incidents that need to be reported to law enforcement..

cheeringonthedawgs
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cheeringonthedawgs 02/29/12 - 02:17 pm
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I would imagine the two who

I would imagine the two who had other discipline issues were the ones who were expelled while the others will return to school. What about the parents???? I know if the school called and said my son was up to this mischief (which is what it was NOT CRIMINAL) he would not be able to "dry hump" for a very long time. That's not child abuse its called discipline. Something i believe all those boys need.

cheeringonthedawgs
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cheeringonthedawgs 02/29/12 - 02:23 pm
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If the parents of these

If the parents of these children would do their job. I would imagine the schools wouldn't have much to sweep under the rug. You never heard about things like this 20 years ago because it didn't happen. There wasn't time to get bored. There were chores to do so we had money in our pockets. These kids are given everything without having to earn it. It's called entitlement. Mine earned every dime they got and now they are grown with well behaved children of their own.

BamaMan
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BamaMan 02/29/12 - 02:26 pm
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Maybe not a real gang, maybe

Maybe not a real gang, maybe didn't actually rape anyone. But assault is assault. Nip it now, maybe they'll learn their lesson. Use of a wooden spoon when they're little, teach them respect for others as well as themselves, and most times this wouldn't happen. You can't wait until they're teenagers to make boundaries, rules and enforce them. It's called PARENTING. We are NOT to be their friend, we are to be their parent. Giving them everything and not making them pay for things out of their own pocket does not teach them to function in the real world on their own. Fines? Make them work to pay them. Parents, don't reach into your pocket and pay them. They learn nothing that way. Own up and take responsibility. Otherwise, you'll be bailing them out again.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/29/12 - 02:28 pm
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I wonder if the alternative

I wonder if the alternative school is full or if it has plenty of room? Is alternative school like the Georgia Department of Corrections — where you have to release someone every time a new inmate arrives?

Insider Information
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Insider Information 02/29/12 - 03:11 pm
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Call it "dry humping," call

Call it "dry humping," call it "mischief," call it whatever you like.

Whatever you call it, I don't want anyone doing it to my teenage daughter.

freespeach
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freespeach 02/29/12 - 03:10 pm
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THEY SHOULD ALL BE IN JAIL
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THEY SHOULD ALL BE IN JAIL FOR ASSAULT!!!

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/29/12 - 03:21 pm
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The reporter calls the

The reporter calls the proceeding a "detention hearing," then she writes:

All five were charged with misdemeanor simple battery in Juvenile Court.

Fortunately I do not have much personal experience with courts. Am I correct to assume that there will be an actual trial (bench or jury) at some later time to assess guilt or innocence on the battery charges?

urright
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urright 02/29/12 - 04:41 pm
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There were these problems

There were these problems when we were in school, but Austin Rhodes didn't talk about it.
I agree with the one who said they used the no-no words together and that blew it out of proportion.
Good gracious--now we're going to have to lock up my brother's dog for "assaulting" me this weekend!
Didn't any of you do stupid things in middle school?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/29/12 - 04:46 pm
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Judicial review of school

Judicial review of school administrator decisions. A regular Marbury v. Madison. Maybe we should start this with elementary schools, too. Assault and battery is simple to define, no matter the age of the kids. Should we even go down to kindergarten ages? Pre-K?

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JennRose 02/29/12 - 04:50 pm
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I'm a parent of an LMS

I'm a parent of an LMS student (not one of the victims), and I spoke up at the School Board Meeting. As I communicated to another reporter, I’m grateful for Judge Flanagan’s decision; I believe he made the right call. My greatest concern is that these boys’ “immature, bad choices” (according to their parents) are addressed appropriately to help the boys understand just how serious their mistakes were.

If we, as parents, fail to discipline our kids appropriately by minimizing, justifying, or excusing (tacitly or overtly) behavior like this, then these kids grow up to become aggressive criminals in their adulthood. If this behavior had continued without proper redress, and these kids grew up thinking this sort of thing is totally acceptable, would you have wanted them buying a house and moving in next to your adult kids (and their kids, your grandkids)? I know I wouldn’t!!

This behavior is absolutely unacceptable, and I think Judge Flanagan’s message to both the offenders and their parents will resonate with them for a while. I’m also very glad to know some of these kids will have to go to school somewhere else. I just hope their criminal skills aren’t honed in the process.

As for the school administration goes, the fact that some of these boys were expelled speaks volumes about changes that need to be made relative to disciplinary management...

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 02/29/12 - 05:05 pm
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@urright.."Didn't any of you

@urright.."Didn't any of you do stupid things in middle school?" No.

urright
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urright 02/29/12 - 05:44 pm
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The story above this one--two

The story above this one--two 15-year-olds burgalize a home, run from deputies, hide in the ceiling of a middle school (putting it on lockdown), and fall through the ceiling on a cop. 1 comment.

This story--a bunch of boys hump kids at school and are punished by the administration per the Code of Conduct. A week of controversy.

Does anybody else have an issue with this?

dgaddis
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dgaddis 02/29/12 - 05:57 pm
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There was a big kid that kept

There was a big kid that kept jumping on my back one time in, I think, middle school. I told him to stop. He did it again. I karate chopped him in the neck. He cried. He never bothered me again.

The End.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 02/29/12 - 06:07 pm
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urright, an issue with what?

urright, an issue with what? About who chooses to post where? Or about the conduct of the boys? Or the "punishment" to be received by a couple of them? Or the lack of consequences to be recieved by some of them? Or that their behavior is an issue?

Mr. Thackeray
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Mr. Thackeray 02/29/12 - 06:24 pm
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I never taught in a middle

I never taught in a middle school where teachers were not monitoring the halls! While this is a disgusting act by immature boys, what does it say about hall monitoring at the school? We were assigned hallways and HAD to be there. Who was assigned this hallway? Who was derelict in their duty this time?

clumber
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clumber 02/29/12 - 06:32 pm
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A few years from now you can

A few years from now you can read about their new crimes. For those who support the make believe punishment, wait until they actually rape and kill someone, which they will.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/29/12 - 06:37 pm
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There were two 12 year olds

There were two 12 year olds and three 13 year olds doing this silly thing. Should we lower the age where we charge kids at school for touching others in a negative way? I'm curious if any would go lower and at what age would they not seek criminal charges be brought? 11? 10? 9? Or just any age in school including kindergarten?

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 02/29/12 - 06:56 pm
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Do you not think this goes

Do you not think this goes beyond silly things, River, when a student, mimics an act of violence against another? Their behavior was combative, in some cases assaulting and most of all simulated rape. These boys are not 5 year olds; they knew what they were doing and they are reported to have shown no mercy toward their classmates. I think taking this matter very seriously, while not ruining their lives, is in their best interest for personal growth. And remember, it's only a joke, if both people are laughing.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/29/12 - 07:01 pm
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Well, maybe we should lower

Well, maybe we should lower the age where we charge kids with crimes. Should we encourage civil suits for things that kids do in school that result in social discomfort to some kids? Conspiracies abound with teens for instance. So what age would you draw the line at charging criminally?

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 02/29/12 - 07:12 pm
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River, I think the beauty of

River, I think the beauty of civil lawsuits is that people are given the personal power to decide what is important to them and whether they want to invest in having that matter decided by a court of law. I'm assuming there are rules of law that set reasonable limits as to what can be heard. As to conspiracies, I would again assume that it is the scope of the conspiracy that is important. Now, age, is there an age? Or is it up to the prosecutor's to decide? We currently have a 10 year old boy being charged with murder.... I hope I'm still your girl. (Well, one of them, anyway:))

KSL
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KSL 02/29/12 - 07:16 pm
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I wonder if their attorney

I wonder if their attorney suggested their attire for the court appearance. All dressed similarly really makes them look like a gang.

ToBeHonest
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ToBeHonest 02/29/12 - 07:24 pm
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Their attire is what they

Their attire is what they will have to wear if they are sent to Alternative School.

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