Accused Annawan students expelled

Accused Annawan students expelled

There are 676 comments on the WQAD story from Jan 7, 2010, titled Accused Annawan students expelled. In it, WQAD reports that:

Three Annawan High School students who are charged with assaulting a freshman student met with the school board Thursday night in a closed door session.

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wow

Lake Saint Louis, MO

#1 Jan 7, 2010
What a disappointment...They can return 4th quarter. That is all they got? Terrible! Is someone going to be in the locker room with them when they are changing for PE. Annawan residents, Are you going to stand for this? I would be contacting someone in Springfield about this decision. What a disgrace.
LaLa

Moline, IL

#2 Jan 7, 2010
They go to court on Monday, so no, this is not all the punishment they are getting. The School Board can only do so much by law. It is up to the courts now. They are being charged with felonies, among other charges, so I would say they still have a lot coming to them...
Sally

Milton, FL

#3 Jan 8, 2010
It is absolutely unacceptable that these criminals should be 'expelled' for what, 8 weeks??? What in the world is going on in this school district? They should be permanently expelled. End of story!
OMG

United States

#4 Jan 8, 2010
These boys got off easy,They should be expelled the rest of 09-10 school year! If it was someone elses kids that don't have the name or in the click they would not be back.They will probably get a slap on the hand when they go to court.
No name

AOL

#5 Jan 8, 2010
Being expelled for the REST of the 2009-2010 school year means NO coming back! What is it with this school? They are definately NOT thinking of the victim!
Shameful

United States

#6 Jan 8, 2010
"I move that each be expelled for the remainder of the 2009 - 2010 school year."

Hmmmm.... "expelled" and "remainder" do NOT mean if they "play nice" somewhere else they can come back! DISGUSTING! Get a clue residents of Annawan. This is a case of who you are not what you've done. If the situation was reversed and the victim was the aggressor, he wouldn't have had the option of coming back this year. Once again, I guess it's who you are in Annawan. SHAME ON YOU ANNAWAN SCHOOL BOARD!
just me

Sterling, IL

#7 Jan 8, 2010
The artical forgot to mention the victims race. unfortunately my spouse was a victim of the Anawan svhool system years ago, their only concederations then was, what sport you can play, and who your parents were. Anawan is a small town, with a small mind. FAILING TO REMOVE THESE KIDS FROM THE SCHOOL SYSTEM, IS WRONG!
Illinois

Davenport, IA

#8 Jan 8, 2010
I agree with "No Name and OMG" above. In Annawan who you are depends on your punishment that statement holds very true I have noticed. That is WRONG!!! And I was thinking of moving to the Annawan school district to raise my kids. If this kind of stuff is going to happen I want no part of this town.
Unbelievable

Geneseo, IL

#9 Jan 8, 2010
Absolutely pathetic! In one breath they say they voted unanimously to expel the three students for the remaining 2009-2010 school year and send them to an alternative school and in the next breath they rule that if they meet the requirements of the alternative school, they will be allowed to return to Annawan High School at the beginning of the 4th quarter, which just so happens to be in a few weeks. Just ask a few of the other students that Annawan sent to the alternative schools in the past if THEY were given that same choice (to return to Annawan within a few weeks if they were good). Bets are - they were not given the same choice and they didn't even do anything to this extreme. How sad is it that 6 grown adults cannot even stand up for what is ethically right and moral and stand behind one comment instead of talking out both sides of their mouths to try to please everyone!

It's kind of like the rule in the School Handbook that states that an Out of School suspension warrants not being allowed on school property and receiving zeros for all work including major tests but yet they were allowed to take their finals anyway during their suspension. Some can get away with it, some can't. Another fine example of the way Annawan works. Think twice while at the voting poll next time.
Meemmy

Huntsville, AL

#10 Jan 8, 2010
You've got to be kidding me!! Out of school for 8 weeks? What's the last names of these students who committed this? I am not from Annnawan area, so what is the relationship? C'mon town people and the rest of the schools' parents,,,why are you allowing this? Out of school for 8 weeks? A joke! So does that mean the kid who was assaulted will have it out of his head in 8 weeks? No way I'd move MY kids there either Illinois. Really makes you feel your kids are safe at Annawan, huh?
dennis

Andover, IL

#12 Jan 8, 2010
I hope the court throws the book at them. I have a child in Middle School. I totally agree with the victim's Mother here, why should the victim be made to testify. I hope a Civil Suit follows. They will be in my prayer's for sure. What's up with their school board? When shown on the news they all looked sloppy, unkempt, inept and raggedy. Not at all professional or even authoritative. Was this casual look to make the perpetrators of this rape feel more at ease? I guess you 'can' have your puddin' if you don't eat your meat. Pervs.
Margaret

Atkinson, IL

#13 Jan 8, 2010
I can't believe this either. What is this school board thinking of? I'll tell you why..one is the son of a school board member(has resigned)-another is the son of a school teacher in the district. Just 8 weeks and this poor young boy has to meet his attackers again. In Annawan, it's your name people. Those three boys should be kicked out for good..should not be able to take part in track..should not be granted the opportunity to wear the cap and gown and attend graduation with the rest of them. I guess the school board does not realize that the victim will never be the same. He will carry this for life...will always be watching his back...and will never sleep with contentment anymore....This is just a slap on the wrist for the three..You people aren't thinking...these boys are sick!! I hope the judge laughs at your little ruling and gives them what they deserve...this isn't their first offense..
Bull

Cambridge, IL

#14 Jan 8, 2010
To the Annawan School Board and Mr. Joe you are all a joke!! You are all a waste of oxygen that the good people of Annawan breathe!! When yalls terms are up I dont thing you have to worry about getting re-elected. Mr. Joe needs removed from this School NOW!! Thanks for ruining this School District and for whats to come, its only going to get worse. Why cant someone stand up for once? This closed meeting was pointless and is just a set up for whats next for these boys. They will only get a slap on the wrist now in court. You people need to think about the victim here not yourselves and and the boys who did this and there parents. Get a clue!!
Not Surprised

United States

#15 Jan 8, 2010
Annawan has proved again it is what you name happens to be not what is right of wrong. These 3 hodlums should have been expelled for the rest of their school life. I almost laughed when I heard the interview of your Supt. Does he not realize IF this whole incident had been handled correctly to begin with, Annawan would not have the national black eye it has now. Your little secrets would have been kept secrets. Now the whole state knows about the way certain people in your town can get away with just about anything they want. Be interesting to see what happens in Henry Cty as this a good old boys club too. Disgusted. . . . .
supermom

Cambridge, IL

#16 Jan 8, 2010
Retired Judge Vandersnick is defending these boys in court. Can you beleive it!!!! Shame on you Larry!!
These boys go to court Monday 1/11 at 1 pm in Henry county.
Shady

United States

#17 Jan 8, 2010
With any luck, the court system will do the right thing even if the school system could not. If so, they will be in jail during the fourth quarter. That town is full of people who dont have the sense God gave them. It's always been that way in Annawan. This was a sexual assault. There is a degree of racism. PERIOD!!! What would they think if this had happened to one of their daughters? I bet they would change their tunes. It doesn't surprise me that these boys did something so stupid as it sounds like there is no accountability at home. These boys need some therapy. Perhaps some for the parents as well.
stop the bleeding

Clinton, IA

#18 Jan 8, 2010
The decision was made. If you do not pay taxes and have a stake in Annawan...get off of here. I live in Annawan and pay taxes there..Nothing to do with any out-of-towners. Sorry I have a good name in Annawan but why are you talking trash on my ancestors and me because we are succesful..If you are living in Annawan...post away..it's your right..if not worry about your own town!
Captain Obvious

Bettendorf, IA

#19 Jan 8, 2010
What else is socially acceptable in Annawan? Sleeping with sheep? Peeing in the office coffee pot? Window peeking? Posting naked pictures of the school board members daughters?

What else can you get away with in that hick town?
ANNAWAN

Cedar Rapids, IA

#20 Jan 8, 2010
Illinois wrote:
I agree with "No Name and OMG" above. In Annawan who you are depends on your punishment that statement holds very true I have noticed. That is WRONG!!! And I was thinking of moving to the Annawan school district to raise my kids. If this kind of stuff is going to happen I want no part of this town.
If you dont like it then dont move here. Obviously there are problems with your school system otherwise you wouldnt be thinking about moving here. This kind of crap happens at every school district. It is just magnified because it is happening in Annawan.
Captain Obvious

Bettendorf, IA

#21 Jan 8, 2010
stop the bleeding wrote:
The decision was made. If you do not pay taxes and have a stake in Annawan...get off of here. I live in Annawan and pay taxes there..Nothing to do with any out-of-towners. Sorry I have a good name in Annawan but why are you talking trash on my ancestors and me because we are succesful..If you are living in Annawan...post away..it's your right..if not worry about your own town!
WOW you actually admit you come from a town that feels 8 weeks of vacation is an acceptable punishment for sexual asault? These criminals are going to go do some easy time at an alternative school and come back to graduate with the same young man they asaulted! If it was a young woman (maybe your daughter) it would have been RAPE!

Are these three men that commited this crime are not homosexual in nature?

rape 1 (rāp)
n.
The crime of forcing another person to submit to sex acts

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