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    High School Sports Legends More Important that Rape Victims in Silsbee Texas

    Texas ‘Justice’: Football is More Important Than the Law, and Girls Have to Pay for the Privilege of Being Raped
    What is the background of this story out of Silsbee, Texas concerning a high school cheerleader ordered by Superintendent Richard Bain to cheer for her accused rapist?

    The media refers to the victim as H.S. Obviously, people in Silsbee know who she is. Put on your thinking cap and you can find photographs of her online.

    At about 2:40a.m., October 19, 2008, police were called to a Silsbee home where a party had been held. Police found her under a pool table, half naked and sobbing. H.S., then 16, alleged that three Silsbee High football players had cornered her in the room, locked the door and raped her. She started screaming for help. “Stop! Seriously, stop it. No!” When other people began pounding at the door, the football players jumped out a window. At least one had left his clothing behind. Witnesses from that night say that outside, a bare naked suspect, Rahkeem Bolton, was verbally abusive, yelling blood-curdling insults about the victim and threatening harm to the house owner if she refused to give him his clothes.
    I guess its a good thing that “H.S.” didn’t get pregnant from the rape. I’m sure that the Republican Congress would re-define the crime into an offsides penalty.
    But certainly not a personal foul.
    From Politics USA:
    I want the reader to have some idea of how important football is to Silsbee, Texas and then how important Rahkeem Bolton was to Silsbee, Texas high school football. The Silsbee Tigers play in Tiger Stadium. With its latest seating expansion, that stadium fits 10,000 spectators
    And don’t think that Texas high school stadiums don’f full up all of those seats.
    Its Texas – and its football.
    The only thing more important is Rick Perry’s hair – and his ability to inject his religion into Texas law.
    Now for Bolton and his importance as a football hero. One local chat thread had a sports enthusiast saying “Bolton will be a stud on defense, will be the leading tackler all season.” That same commentator said “I want you to keep an eye on Rakheem Bolton because his name will be on this forum in the Silsbee topics all season long.” Friday, November 3, 2009; The Silsbee Bee ran a story titled “Silsbee Tigers are undefeated district champs.” You just absolutely have to read all the mentions of Rahkeem Bolton in this article.
    I won’t quote them all here, but I’ll juat say that Scott Rose (no relation) isn’t exaggerating; just think in terms of HRC praising a non-trans-inclusive ENDA.
    A first grand jury returned a “no bill” decision, meaning there would be no case against the three defendants. No rape charges, no assault charges; nothin’. Did Hardin County District Attorney David Sheffielddo a good job there? The victim and her parents thought not. Neither do I. Neither should you. The victim was told that preliminary results from the rape kit showed some DNA evidence that could inculpate the defendants. Yet the victim kept hearing that due to case backlogs, the full rape kit analysis results wouldn’t be ready for four months, five months, one year – depends which report you read. There is an appearance that the can kept getting kicked down the road for the date the victim was being given for when the rape kit results would be ready. The victim now says she wants to study forensic science, motivated in part by the delay in the processing of her rape kit.
    Does it sound right, that a community taking in $35K, $40K per home game football match can’t get a rape kit processed any faster than that?
    Well, remember what I said about football and the only thing more important? Well, close behind football is the bloodlust of prosecutors. If a Texas district attorney - every one of which has more of a god complex than the most arrogant of doctors, and more of a hard-on for higher political office than any of the obnoxious Rich brats from the Bush family who bought governorships in the 1990s - wants to prosecute someone, he will; if one grand jury doesn’t indict (which is rare in and of itself), he’ll keep on until he finds the panel that is willing to indict anything and everything, including ham sandwiches.
    But, we are talking foo-baw here:
    Silsbee took the “no bill” decision from the first grand jury as a complete exoneration of the defendants. D.A. David Sheffield said the grand jury could not determine if there was lack of consent. He also said this: “The case has deeply divided the community of Silsbee and especially Silsbee High School.” Sheffield stated that any retribution, threats or harassment of the victim could result in 3rd degree felony Retaliation charges being filed. That little word “could,” is in there, in place of “will result;” did you notice? Sheffield also told local station KFDM that “Because everyone had been drinking, it would have made it difficult to prove the allegations raised in this case.” Have you got that, reader? Have you quite got it? The same D.A. who didn’t bother to get expedited rape kit results told the Silsbee community that the victim was drunk at the time of the crime and that therefore, it would have been difficult to prove the allegations she made. This prosecutor, assigned to this case, discredited the victim to the entire community.
    Well, if you’re familiar with the story, you know it gets better – if, by better, one means more nightmarish in that fine Texas ‘christian’ bruthuh-ly love sense.
    Well – love for multi-sport athletes and those who deify them.
    Love for real people?
    Not so much.
    Returned to cheerleading, the victim on several occasions refrained from cheering her accused attacker individually, without incident. But then at a February, 2009 basketball game, Bolton went to the foul line to shoot a free throw. H.S. folded her arms and remained silent. It seems apparent from what followed that the school administration had noted her previous silences and so strategized over a way to get revenge on her. They did not offer to talk with her about the matter in a private setting or to offer to let her therapist or some other advocate sit in on that session. Bain, Bain’s assistant and the then Principal, Gaye Lokey, piled on the victim, telling her that she either had to cheer for her attacker individually or be permanently expelled from the cheerleading team. The Cheerleading Squad Sponsor Sissy McInnis joined in the retaliation. The victim was in tears, humiliated in front of a school community that had been viciously gossiping about her for months. Only the victim’s father came to her defense. Turns out that during the cheerleading practice session when the girls were admonished that they had to cheer for every player, the victim had been in one of her rape counseling sessions.
    At this point in this week’s episode of Glee, Jane Lynch makes a snarky remark and everyone else then sings an insanely syruppy version of Ted Nugent’s “Wang Dang Sweet Poontang.”
    And, of course, everyone lives happily ever after – until the next episode, when they can’t figure out how to do an equally syruppy version of “Walk on the Wild Side” without seeming to be racist (or, for that matter, too pro-trans Glee‘s gay male audience’s liking.)
    The most widely-reported of the cases involving this victim centered on student free speech issues. Did she or did she not have the right to refuse to cheer her assailant individually? Over recent decades, even as the Supreme Court has decided that corporations are “individuals” with the same free speech rights as individual citizens, courts have increasingly sided against students’ free speech rights in favor of schools. You will look pretty much in vain for this victim’s U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady to say a word in favor of women’s rights. And, Brady voted against the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.
    Conservative-stacked courts decided against this victim in her free speech case and appeals. They stuck her with the Silsbee Independent School District’s Attorneys’ fees of $45K, or about the amount the district takes in at a home football game. Superintendent Richard Bain has yet to apologize to the victim, for ganging up with other Silsbee School employee thugs to give her an ultimatum after she refused to cheer individually the student thug who had assaulted her. He also has yet to announce that the district wouldn’t think of having the victim or her family pay those attorney fees. Like Rakheem Bolton, Superintendent Richard Bain is not a man, but rather a worm in a man’s body. Just how lacking in compassion does somebody have to be to humiliate a teenage cheerleader in front of the community instead of speaking with her in private with an advocate present? A team of psychiatrists has done work with brain scans trying to determine whether psychopaths are physiologically different from normal people. One thing they note about psychopaths is that they understand right from wrong but have no empathy for their victims. Forget about Silsbee or the Hardin County criminal justice system ever holding any of the people who retaliated against the victim accountable.
    I had an exchange with a reporter for The Silsbee Bee in which he was vigorously defensive about how the outside world had, in his view, so unfairly criticized Silsbee. He claimed to have seen the case file in its entirety, and also claimed that anybody who saw that file would stop criticizing Silsbee. I told him to publish the whole file on The Silsbee Bee site. He stopped responding.
    A president of the United States can be badgered into showing off his birth certificate – while in the midst of successfully conducting the manhunt that the previous president lied about ever actually undertaking no less – but the local law ‘enforcement’ aw-thor-i-tay (not to mention ‘journalists’) in Footballistan can’t be bothered to put up or shut up regarding whether the combined legal, social and political apparatus of a city and county in a state that thinks it is still its own country actually issued an after-the-fact authorization for rape?
    Maybe America owes the Taliban an apology.

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    re: High School Sports Legends More Important that Rape Victims in Silsbee Texas

    Cheerleader's protest after assault was not 'frivolous' | SE Smith | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

    Cheerleader's protest after assault was not 'frivolous'


    When the US supreme court fails to support a cheerleader who took a stand against her attacker, a girl really has no way to win
    Two, four, six, eight, who do we appreciate? Sex offenders, apparently. The US supreme court decided this week that if someone assaults you and you refuse to cheer for him at a basketball game, the school district is justified in suspending you from the squad.
    HS was 16 at the time she complained she was raped in 2008. Her attacker was charged with sexual assault, but after a plea deal, admitted misdemeanour assault and got a princely sentence of no time served. She was told to keep a low profile at school to avoid attracting attention, because obviously when high-school students are assaulted, the appropriate response from the school district is to tell them to hide while their perpetrators enjoy accolades. HS, with the support of her family, told the school district to get stuffed, and was put to the test in 2009 when she attended a basketball game as a member of the cheerleading squad and was ordered to cheer for her attacker.
    Understandably, HS refused, since the only reasonable cheer for someone you claim has assaulted you is one of the Bronx variety, which wasn't part of the routine. Instead, she chose to stand silent through the cheer for Rakheem Bolton's free throw, folding her arms across her chest instead of shaking the pompoms. For speaking, as it were, her mind, HS was suspended from the cheerleading team, but the victim who staunchly "didn't want to encourage anything he was doing" chose to take the case to court, rather than accept her suspension. The initial court ruled against her, an appellate court upheld that decision, and the supreme court refused to hear the matter (it exercised its right to silence and did not comment on the refusal).
    The result? A student exercising her free-speech rights has been ordered to pay a penalty to the school district, on the grounds that her original suit was a "frivolous lawsuit". Taking the district to court for suspending her because she didn't want to cheer her attacker is "frivolous". Yes, really; victims are now supposed to pay compensation for being inconveniently vocal (or strategically non-vocal) instead of quietly fading into the background. In this case, the crowd was so angry that HS refused to cheer that there was, allegedly, a "disruption in the stands". Heaven forbid!
    Disgracefully, the appellate court determined that because cheerleaders act as the mouthpieces for their schools, the school can order them to do anything, and may suspend or expel them from their teams for refusing to participate in acts they find unconscionable. Evidently high-school students are not allowed to have ethics, let alone act on them. I wonder if schools plan on issuing a disclaimer to new cheerleaders, warning them that in the event of their assaults by popular members of sports teams, they may be compelled to cheer for them at games. Perhaps they can come up with some good rhyming chants: what goes with "rape kit", again? Perhaps "rape receipt"?
    School sports are serious business in the US, especially in Texas, where this case took place. Rape is not such a serious business. And free speech for students? Also not serious business. First the school told her to shut up and hide, then when she did shut up, it punished her. It's almost like a girl has no way to win when she's thrown into the deep end of the victim blaming pool. An act of protest is not "frivolous", as this court ruled, and I can think of many better things HS could do with $45,000 (£27,300) – like pay for a college education to become an attorney to ensure that rape culture doesn't get the last laugh in this case.

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    The school didn't abide by the standards in its own policies and procdures:
    Sexual harassment of a student, including harassment committed
    by another student, includes unwelcome sexual advances; requests
    for sexual favors; or sexually motivated physical, verbal, or
    nonverbal conduct when the conduct is so severe, persistent, or
    pervasive that it:
    1.
    Affects a student's ability to participate in or benefit from
    an educational program or activity, or creates an
    intimidating, threatening, hostile, or offensive educational
    environment;
    2.
    Has the purpose or effect of substantially or unreasonably
    interfering with the student's academic performance; or
    3. Otherwise adversely affects the student's educational
    opportunities.
    The animal who raped his classmate was found at the scene of the crime. His clothes were in the house with the hysterical victim while he was in the yard naked according to witnesses. The school district should have launcehd an investigation and he should have been expelled or put in the alternative school. Being the star athlete he instead was rewarded while his victim was continually revictimized. That family should file more lawsuits and that animal and that school district should be held fully accountable for their shenanigans.

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    One of the rapist is on Facebook:


    Chris Rountree
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    January 15 at 5:47pm via Text Message

    • 15 people like this.

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    • How is he going to feel if his precious daughter is locked in a room with animals like himself, brutally raped and then villified by the educational system that should have protected her???
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    The school district's policies were ignored by all the teachers and staff. This rape victim was bullied by teachers and administrators alike!
    discrimination, harassment, and retaliation involving District students, see
    FFH. For reporting requirements related to child abuse and neglect, see FFG.
    Bullying prohibited. The District prohibits bullying as defined by this policy. Retaliation
    against anyone involved in the complaint process is a violation of District policy.
    Definition. Bullying occurs when a student or group of students engages in
    written or verbal expression or physical conduct that:
    1. Will have the effect of physically harming a student, damaging a student’s property,
    or placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person or of damage
    to the student’s property; or
    Is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that the action or threat creates an
    intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for a student.
    Examples. Bullying of a student may include hazing, threats, taunting, teasing,
    confinement, assault, demands for money, destruction of property, theft of valued
    possessions, name calling, rumor spreading, and ostracism.
    Timely reporting. Reports of bullying shall be made as soon as possible after the alleged
    act or knowledge of the alleged act. A failure to promptly report may impair the
    District’s ability to investigate and address the prohibited conduct.
    Reporting procedures. Any student who believes that he or she has experienced bullying
    or believes that another student has experienced bullying should immediately report the
    alleged acts to a teacher, counselor, principal, or other District employee. A report may
    be made orally or in writing.
    Notice of report. Any District employee who receives notice that a student has or may
    have experienced bullying shall immediately notify the campus principal or designee.
    Investigation of report. If a report is made orally, the campus principal or designee shall
    reduce the report to written form. The campus principal or designee shall determine
    whether the allegations in the report, if proven, would constitute prohibited conduct as
    defined by policy FFH, and if so proceed under that policy instead. The campus principal
    or designee shall conduct an appropriate investigation based on the allegations in the
    report. The campus principal or designee shall promptly take interim action calculated to
    prevent bullying during the course of an investigation, if appropriate.
    Concluding the investigation. Absent extenuating circumstances, the investigation
    should be completed within ten District business days from the date of the report;
    however, the campus principal or designee shall take additional time if necessary to
    complete a thorough investigation. The campus principal or designee shall prepare a
    written report of the investigation, including a determination of whether bullying
    occurred, and send a copy to the Superintendent or designee.
    District action. If the results of an investigation indicate that bullying occurred, the
    District shall promptly respond by taking appropriate disciplinary or corrective action
    reasonably calculated to address the conduct in accordance with the District’s Student
    Code of Conduct. [For information on student transfers due to bullying, see FDB.]
    The District may take action based on the results of an investigation, even if the District
    concludes that the conduct did not rise to the level of bullying under this policy.
    Confidentiality. To the greatest extent possible, the District shall respect the privacy of
    the complainant, persons against whom a report is filed, and witnesses. Limited
    disclosures may be necessary in order to conduct a thorough investigation.
    Appeal. A student who is dissatisfied with the outcome of the investigation may appeal
    through FNG(LOCAL), beginning at the appropriate level.
    Records retention. Retention of records shall be in accordance with CPC(LOCAL).
    Access to policy. Information regarding this policy shall be distributed annually to
    District employees and included in the student handbook. Copies of the policy shall be
    readily available at each campus and the District’s administrative offices.
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    Here is another of the rapists loose on the internet. Facebook should not be allowing these sexual predators to post on the site. He pled guilty to the lesser crime of assualt, but the fact is he is responsible for the heinous crime of rape!

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    Donations help Texas ex-cheerleader in legal fight

    By JUAN A. LOZANO - Associated Press | AP – Sun, Jul 3, 2011



    SILSBEE, Texas (AP) — As one of her school's basketball stars approached the free-throw line to hit a shot during a 2009 playoff game, a cheerleader stepped away from her squad, folded her arms and stood in silence, refusing to root for the athlete she says raped her at a party in this Texas town.
    Now, two years later, her silent protest is drawing new attention nationwide as the result of an unusual series of events: Suspended as a cheerleader but later reinstated, the 16-year-old and her family sued over her punishment, lost and ended up with $40,000 in penalties from the legal proceedings. Meanwhile, the basketball player settled the criminal case against him by pleading guilty to reduced charges.
    An online campaign to help the former cheerleader's family with the legal costs has gained momentum on Facebook and Twitter and collected more than $23,000. The family also has appealed in federal court the judge's order for them to pay the school district's legal costs after their lawsuit was dismissed.
    "It's really an awful statement to send on how you treat a teenage sexual assault victim," said Alex DiBranco, whose petition on Change.org has gathered more than 94,000 signatures asking the school district to not to make the family pay the fees. DiBranco, a New York-based women's rights advocate, got involved after reading about the case.
    The controversy is renewing debate about how the school and courts handled a sensitive matter involving teenagers, sexual assault and allegations made but not yet proven.
    Silsbee Mayor Herbert Muckleroy, a former school superintendent in the town of 7,000, said he thinks the criminal case was handled appropriately but has doubts about making the girl's family pay the school district $40,000. "I just wish it could have been settled and over with and let the community settle back in," he said.
    The father of the girl, who is now 19, said he cannot accept that a rape victim and her family are being punished.
    "I will never give up hope that in some form or fashion there will be justice, (and) hope that our story will help another family, another girl that's been through this," said Craig S., 44, whose last name is being withheld to protect his daughter's identity. The Associated Press does not identify sexual assault victims.
    The girl claimed she was pulled into a darkened room with basketball player Rakheem Bolton and several others during an October 2008 party and raped under a pool table while she was drunk. Bolton and two others were arrested after the party. A grand jury declined to indict him in January 2009. A second grand jury indicted him 10 months later. Bolton eventually pleaded guilty to a lesser assault charge in a plea deal and received a suspended one-year sentence. Charges were dropped against the two others indicted in the incident.
    The girl, who was suspended from the cheerleading squad but reinstated two weeks later, filed a federal lawsuit in May 2009, claiming the school district violated her First Amendment rights as well as her rights to liberty, property and equal protection under the Fourteenth Amendment.
    In court documents, school officials said they were justified in punishing her because Bolton was not facing any charges during the playoff game. Her conduct violated school rules and her allegations appeared to be "the story of a girl who became angry with a boy about something that may or may not have happened at a private party," the schools' attorneys said.
    Silsbee school district officials and their attorney have declined further comment on the case.
    U.S. District Judge Thad Heartfield in Beaumont ruled the girl's lawsuit was "without foundation."
    "There are no facts to support a finding that the school, or its officials, owed her any additional process," Heartfield wrote, and ordered the family to pay the district's legal costs. The case was appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which in May declined to review it, leaving the legal fees the only issue pending.
    The girl's father acknowledged that his daughter did not object to Bolton's plea deal. He said she wanted some admission of guilt from him.
    David Barlow, the special prosecutor who handled the case, said, "This was the best outcome that could have resulted, given the law and the facts."
    Bolton's grandmother, who declined to give her name, said her grandson is now in college and just wants to be left alone. The former cheerleader, who graduated from high school last year, also declined to be interviewed, her father said.
    The school district remains unwilling to give the girl's family a break on the payment. "I think the district has a fiduciary responsibility and obligation to the taxpayers to try to collect on any money that is due them," school board President John Griffin said.
    But news on the case reached sympathetic ears in others parts of the country. After reading about it, Jessica Mills, an actress and writer in Los Angeles, started an online fundraising campaign to help pay the costs.
    "I just thought this girl, she's been through so much already, regardless of the right and wrongs and legalities of it," said Mills, who with her friend set up the "Help the Cheerleader" web site, which lets people donate money to a bank account set up by the cheerleader's attorney.
    The girl's father said he is humbled by the rising balance, mostly from donations of less than $20. He runs a landscaping business and said paying the money would be a financial hardship. He said his daughter has had her ups and downs. After graduating in 2010, she took a year off and plans to attend Lamar University in Beaumont in the fall.
    Around Silsbee, the incident continues to produce mixed feelings. Resident Terrell McArthur said he agrees with the girl's decision not to cheer for the person she believed raped her. However, the costs are a separate matter.
    "It went through the judicial process," McArthur said. "I don't feel like anybody here in Silsbee needs to start taking up donations."
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    Its wonderful to see people reaching out to that girl and her family. I believe under the circumstances she had every right to refuse to cheer for that boy. That the school turned it into a hullabaloo is reprehensible.

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