I read a tragic story today about a 15-year-old girl who was gang-raped in her school, under her desk while one of the perpetrators smashed her head against the ground to stop her from getting away. Two other boys with a history of violent criminal activity raped her. The incident took place in an Elmont, New York school Martin de Porres Academy—a school for special needs kids and juvenile delinquents.
Police made no charges against the three boys even though they were previously charged as juvenile delinquents and their identities were known. According to reports in the New York Daily News, police claim that it was “not something for us to get into” due to the girl having a mental disability in which her I.Q. is less than 60. The police indicate that the gang rape must have been “consensual” even though the girl is both a minor and her I.Q. too low to legally consent to sex, according to the mother’s lawyer. Then there is the fact that she told the rapists “no” and “stop” over and over again during assault.
A spokesperson for the police reportedly told the New York Daily News, “It was more of a consensual situation with their mental capabilities.”
The school sent a letter to the police indicating that: “The school administration request (sic) no further police action and will handle additional behavioral and social issues with training (sic) and additional counseling,” according to the case report by Detective Beth McKenzie.
The mother of K.J. attempted unsuccessfully to get the girl transferred to a different school but could not. K.J. continued to endure months of harassment after the incident and was forced by school administrators to sit with one of the boys sexually harassing her to “discuss their issues.”
The whole story angered and sickened me for a number of reasons:
The police have an obligation to members of society to press charges when a crime has been committed. They don’t have the right to decide on behalf of a minor with mental challenges that she doesn’t deserve the same human rights as everyone else. And, they certainly don’t have the right to unilaterally dismiss the case and wrongly call a serious crime against a child “consensual.”
The school had the obligation to ensure the security and safety of this child in their custody, not put her in a classroom as the only female with violent male criminals. They also had an obligation NOT to interfere with justice. Their letter to the police is a serious violation of justice. Then to force the child to endure ongoing harassment and to “discuss (her) issues”—it is disturbing to me that administrators or teachers at Martin de Porres Academy do not appear to consider gang rape a serious crime.
This is a serious dereliction of duty and a tragedy of justice. Please sign this petition to help stop these types of crimes from happening.