The nation is responding to the Richmond High School Homecoming Dance gang-rape of a student. The police investigation is underway while the young woman remains hospitalized. Some suspects are in custody, others are still being sought by police. This crime indicates the serious need for student and public education regarding violence against woman in the community.
Homecoming Dances are supposed to be positive experiences that create wonderful memories for children during adolescence. The childhood dance memory for this young woman will be of an encounter with purely evil people and a personal experience of severe victimization. The adverse impact this crime will have on her emotional well-being is life-long and permanent.
New stories report that bystanders either participated or watched this brutal crime and did not report it. Allegedly the repeated assaults and crimes were perpetuated against this young woman for over two-hours with no intervention to stop it or call police. The heinous criminal element of this group is readily apparent. This community needs to be concerned about its student population. Trouble is looming and the evidence is clear.
This young woman was victimized by predators while she was vulnerable and unprotected by adults that were supposed to be supervising this school dance function. Congregations of students on school grounds, outside the immediate premises of school events, should not be allowed for obvious safety reasons. And more specifically, groups of non-participating adolescent students, unsupervised by adults, should not be gathering on school property at night. It is widely understood that these kids and young adults will gather without the intention of behaving well and respecting others under many circumstances. Most educators and parents agree and understand that concept. The question is, does Richmond High School district and the parents of these delinquents understand their roles and responsibilities in this crime? The defendants will be charged eventually and face the legal process. But what will school administrators and parents to these deliquents be willing to do for this victim and how will they prevent this type of tragedy from happening again?
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