Police say girl lied about school attack

Police say girl lied about school attack

There are 6 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Jan 12, 2008, titled Police say girl lied about school attack. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

A sixth-grade girl at Perry Hall Middle School lied about being sexually assaulted this week in a school restroom, Baltimore County police said yesterday.

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G Ashburn

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

#1 Jan 12, 2008
Maybe we should require background checks on students who are taught how to snitch in the schools (it is even in the handbook) and then think it is fun to use the procedure. And then they have their privacy. This should be a civil suit ... no question. The victims here are the construction worker and the company and the police who wasted our tax dollars and we since it was our dollars.
ann

Rosedale, MD

#2 Jan 12, 2008
..I agree w/ G Ashburn's post. More and more we have accusers stepping out of the shadows, pointing fingers and then retreating. Meanwhile, the alleged perpertrator is left to try to defend themselve. I am not a liberal, I fully realize that there are horrendous assaults taking place and the people responsible need to be identified and brought to justice. This story is another thing though. I believe if you are truly a victim there is no shame in disclosing your identity. This applies to adults and children. Disclose alleged assailant and victim. I also do not believe in civil suits, but this most recent case would be an exception. This entire incident was sad for all involved.
G Ashburn

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

#3 Jan 12, 2008
And I agree with Ann. One reason it is important to know the name of the accuser is that she can do it again in the future and maybe there will not be a video (since she learned from this case) for the accused to defend himself/herself with. Maybe O'Malley should start a database of accusers who have been proven to be liars.
mike s

Tuscaloosa, AL

#4 Jan 12, 2008
I think it is a complete travesty about the 11 year old lying to police, and several of the comments made concerning construction workers. I believe the contracting company and it's employees deserve an apoligy from the school and the parents.It should be demanded
talk

Ch√Ętillon-sur-marne, France

#5 Jan 13, 2008
" One reason it is important to know the name of the accuser"
I don't really get that. The police knew the name of the accuser, and it happened all the same, so what ?
Anyway, when such things happen, it's all about the others, the accuser, is responsible, parents are responsible... And what about the media ? What about the politics ? What about us ? Whenever there's someone accused of child abuse, everyone is like : "let's hang him up, right now". But if he's proven innocent, then : "oh, it's all parents fault..."
G Ashburn

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

#6 Jan 14, 2008
"" One reason it is important to know the name of the accuser"
I don't really get that. The police knew the name of the accuser, and it happened all the same, so what ?" ... Talk

I am not sure I know what YOU mean. Are you saying the police knew the girl's name from a prior false accusation? I do not think so, but maybe I am wrong. My point was that the next time she makes a false accusation they should know her name. However, if the name is not made public (due to her privacy rights), then she moves to another location, accuses someone else (with no video evidence since she has learned) and someone can go to jail since there is no record available there of her history of false accusations. That was what I was saying. Even in the same jurisdiction, the police probably do not keep a record of her name in any file (possibly blacked out as I have seen) and she could cause more problems even here in Baltimore County. And remember that it could be YOU who she falsely accuses.

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