'Charlie Rape Gang' members given probation, community service

Friday, May 11, 2012 1:32 PM
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Members of Lakeside Middle School’s “Charlie Rape Gang” received additional punishment Friday from a Columbia County Juvenile Court judge.

All five boys, two 12-year-olds and three 13-year-olds, were sentenced to 12 months’ probation and varying terms of community service.

The boys were accused in February of surrounding other pupils at Lakeside Middle and simulating sex acts while fully clothed, resulting in their suspensions from school.

Two of the boys had previous discipline problems and were expelled during a March school disciplinary hearing. The other three boys did not have histories of disciplinary issues but were given additional days of in-school suspension.

During the juvenile court hearing, Columbia County sheriff’s Investigator Brian Jones said the “gang” seemed to have started as a joke among the boys.

The name started after one of the boys had a dog named Charlie rub on his leg at a ballpark.

The incidents happened mostly in locker rooms and restrooms but also in hallways and classrooms. They were described as “dry-humping” other pupils.

Kristy Golden, the mother of a boy who claimed to have been attacked in the hallway, said her 13-year-old son suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and is afraid to ride his bike because he lives in the same neighborhood as the boy who attacked him.

“This is not normal,” she said. “This is not a part of life.”

That member of the “gang” was ordered to have no contact with her son and stay in alternative school.

Several of the boys’ parents spoke at the hearing and said they hoped this will be a “learning experience” for their sons.

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Iwannakno 05/11/12 - 02:15 pm
Learning experience???

If you have to "learn" this is wrong at 12 and 13 you are in serious trouble...

David Parker
David Parker 05/11/12 - 02:50 pm
It's a "learning experience"

It's a "learning experience" opportunity for EVERYONE. The gang, although original with their name, is engaging in an activity that has been around. Bullying / Browbeating or by any other name is still practiced. Always has and so far always will. Take notice and EVERYONE take some action toward making sure kids are not victimized by other mean-spirited kids.

smitty1861 05/11/12 - 03:57 pm
Post traumatic stress

Post traumatic stress disorder? Really?

KSL 05/11/12 - 07:54 pm
I hope the parents are

I hope the parents are inflicting additional punishment over and above the court ordered punishment. Kids need to learn to respect authority and it starts at home.

dstewartsr 05/12/12 - 05:48 pm
Dear, dear, KSL!

The parents inflicting additional punishment? Yeah. That could happen- and my petition for sainthood could be approved, despite my parents spat on it and wouldn't sign. I suspect they got an ice cream cone on the way home and soothing words to the effect, "to ignore that mean ol' judge." Gang tackling and simulating homosexual rape is just good, clean, boyish hi-jinks.

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