Annawan High School players arrested in locker room ''incident''

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ANNAWAN, Illinois - Three area basketball players for Annawan High School have been arrested and charged after a locker room ''incident'' involving a freshman player, and the alleged victim's mother wants them kicked out of school for good.
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Every parent has the right to think that when their child walks into any school that they are safe. It seems that this particular school and administration have a tough time taking care of business. These 3 students are repeat offenders that are continualy not held responsible for their actions , by the administration parents or even the community for that matter. Why would the board even began to think that this young man would need to defend himself in front of the board, his attackers or their family. He has already told his story, they already have admitted to the attack. The only thing is that the attckers and their parents feel it was a harmless prank This young man was not even the person that turned his attackers in, that speaks volumes about what kind of person this young man is. Enough is enough.
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Sexual assult, pure and simple.
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I am a former grad. of Annawan High. I do believe that they should be punished as much as they can. It's not something that needs to be taken lightly. I have seen so many incidents in the past since I have graduated, but also while I attended Annawan schools, that have been looked over and nothing really happens. It’s in the last name. Because the parents work at the school or because they have that "popular" last name they rarely get in trouble. If they do get in trouble the parents bail them out because they don't want to be drug through the mud. That's crap. Let them be punished. Maybe they will learn. I have heard of kids who were expelled for a lot less so this shouldn’t even be an option.
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If they had have just punched or kicked him, getting suspended for a few dats would probably solve the problem. But, because there was a sexual assault involved, arrested and expelled is the way to go. They can't stop there though. These two young men need extensive counseling because an incident like this could ruin their lives. School is important but at this particular time, that seems to be the least of their worries. Everybody deserves a second chance though. If they finish whatever the prescribed treatment for this problem is to the letter and make a public apology to their victim, they should be allowed to finish their education.

Since: Jan 10

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I also think its crap that they have so many "meetings." Get it over with so that this boy can get on with his life.
stacey

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Jan 5, 2010
 
Heres how it works in henry county 3 jocks get in trouble parents hire lawyers and kids get slap on wrist welcome to fair justice
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This is nonsense this boy should not have to go in front of all those people and relive the incident! The boys who did this should without a doubt be kicked out of school and charged with every thing they can be charged with!! Put them behind bars, maybe they will think twice before doing this to some other innocent boy. They really need to set an example that this will not be tolerated! I also feel that the boy who placed his genitals on the victim should be charged with sexual assault!! This whole situation just makes me sick!!
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I do think these kids should be punished to the full extent. This is sexual assault. I think they should be expelled and more. I can't believe that anyone would find this funny in any way. I am as disgusted by them as I am the offenders. If this is taken lightly by anyone, there are some serious problems in the system. A school should be a safe place and we have to take action to assure that it is. My thoughts are with the victim and his family.
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Idiots. The need to send a message here. These boys have to pay for their actions.
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When I heard what happened to this young man, I was sick to my stomach. This was heinous, disgusting and completely criminal. I am appalled that these 3 students have not been expelled yet!!! R u kidding me?? Nice kids do NOT do these things. This is an act of bullying at its worst! There is absolutely no way that anyone not even the parents of these 3 boys that can justify what this young man endured. Zero tolerance is the only way that this nonsense stops once and for all.
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the assaulters should have to go infront of all and speak!

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Ron Brasche wrote:
If they had have just punched or kicked him, getting suspended for a few dats would probably solve the problem. But, because there was a sexual assault involved, arrested and expelled is the way to go. They can't stop there though. These two young men need extensive counseling because an incident like this could ruin their lives. School is important but at this particular time, that seems to be the least of their worries. Everybody deserves a second chance though. If they finish whatever the prescribed treatment for this problem is to the letter and make a public apology to their victim, they should be allowed to finish their education.
If it was the first time that something happened maybe...but its not so they shouldnt be allowed to!
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Looking at the presented facts, I would consider this to be to be a racist and sexual assault. Also, this is the 3rd offense this year for one of the boys involved. When are they going to learn? As a teacher I am appalled that this type of bullying would ever occur in one of our schools. As a parent I would remove my children from that school is those boys are not prosecuted to the fullest extent. They are not nice kids!!!!! Actions have consequences. What are they being taught????
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Seriously what have things come to in school?? Its unbelievable that kids think that this is funny or even a sadistic joke. I hope these kids are punished and realize that poor decisions come with consequences!
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I'm sure Buresh wants to sweep this under the rug just like he did with the teacher scandal a few years ago, he surely doesn't want a school with a tarnished reputation. Joe it's time for all the crap to STOP!
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I agree that the boys involved should be punished to the fullest extent. I do know that Annawan High School is probably one of the safest schools for students to attend. This is an isolated incident and should be treated as such. I also wonder why WQAD provides such great coverage on this but fails to cover positive things that happen at this and other schools. I do NOT remember seeing coverage when Annawan High School was rated in the top 100 schools in the USA by Newsweek magazine.
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Throw the book at the bullies...no "child" or that should be young person should have to put up with that kind of harrassment...how would those bullies feel to be in his shoes...I'm outraged for him...they should pay and pay dearly or their actions...they think they're so smart...let them miss the rest of the year of school...or sit detention during the school days...they absolutely should NOT be allowed to play sports this year or next!!!!!!
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They shouldn't be punished that much. They are kids. It's mostly their parents fault and the principal's fault for not teaching them a lesson. At annawan they don't have school meeting in the gym saying what would happen if they did this. I'mve know them for a long time and I am friends with them. I'm not saying this to stick up for them because i'm friend with the victim too. I'm sure the vitim has done things liek that before, thats why he didn't tell anyone, because he has! I do theink they should have charges pressed against them. These men get good grades and do great in sports. I know people make mistakes in their lives. But they shouldn't have to live with a little prank they did in high school for the rest of their life. The victim's mom said it wasn't a prank, how would she know? she wasn't there.
don't start freaking out, they should have charges pressed against them, but its not the moms choice, the principal, or even a judge. IT should be the victim that gets to pick the charges because it happened to him.
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who gives a flying fluck wrote:
its a freaking joke. if it was racial or harmless im sure the kid would have spoken up if he wanted to. things like this happen all the time in high school everywhere. yeah gfet them in trouble but not harsh as can be because i know all of them the three and the victim they are all good kids so grow a pair
EXACTLY! I agree fully. They did it as a joke, not to intentialy hurt anyone. I know them, they are so nice. The boy didnt say anything so he obviously didn't find it that offensive or he would have. If any charges get pressed he should get ot pick them.
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mother of a teen wrote:
Throw the book at the bullies...no "child" or that should be young person should have to put up with that kind of harrassment...how would those bullies feel to be in his shoes...I'm outraged for him...they should pay and pay dearly or their actions...they think they're so smart...let them miss the rest of the year of school...or sit detention during the school days...they absolutely should NOT be allowed to play sports this year or next!!!!!!
The thing is, the boy didn't tell anyone, he didn' let anyone know. He obviously didn't think of it as a big deal. He's friends with them. They are good boys. Hlf you guys don't even know them. They've had it happen to them. It happens every year to a new frehman, its like a yearly prank. I know for a fact it has happend to at least two of the people being charged, did they freak out and press charges? NO! They ignored it. they knew the people didnt want to hurt them it was a joke.

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