And just when you thought Drumpf was the worst thing in the news

Three white teenage boys at Dietrich High School in Idaho are accused of coaxing a black, mentally disabled teammate into what he thought was a hug in their locker room, before they held him down and raped him in the rectum with a coat hanger on Oct. 23, 2015. Now two of the boys are being charged as adults with “forcible sexual penetration by use of a foreign object.”

The boy accused of holding his teammate down will be charged as a juvenile. However, 17-year-old Tanner Ward is accused of forcibly penetrating the victim with the hanger, while 18-year-old John R. K. Howard allegedly repeatedly kicked the hanger into the victim’s rectum, causing physical harm.

“I screamed,” the victim said during a pretrial hearing in April, according to Magic Valley. “I was pretty upset. I felt really bad. A little bit betrayed and confused at the same time. It was terrible — a pain I’ve never felt.”

The victim’s family is also suing Dietrich High School for $10 million, arguing the rape was the apex of months-long racial bullying and harassment.

The civil complaint alleges he “was taunted and called racist names by other members of the team, which names included ‘Kool-Aid,’ ‘chicken eater,’ ‘watermelon’ and [the N-word],” the Washington Post reports. He was also reportedly forced to sing “Notorious KKK,” a racist, extremist song.

The lawsuit argues that Howard in particular targeted the victim, who, according to the suit, suffers from “mental disorders, including learning disabilities,” and that the school not only failed to thwart the abuse but encouraged it.

I know you don’t want to read about stuff like this. But I can’t help but wonder, WTF? Why would anyone want to hurt another person like that? So physically and intimately. Punishingly. I’ve known fear, but I just can’t see how these actions were caused by fear. I know that most bullies have been bullied themselves, but a hanger in a sexual assault? Why, dudes, why? To feel powerful? To feel sexually powerful? Is it mental illness?


12 thoughts on “And just when you thought Drumpf was the worst thing in the news

  1. OMG…………….
    I have heard of cases like this and seen some sick shitt and victims coming from the prison and lil babies and kids….so sick…I will never in my life understand this..I am proud of the kid for standing up and going before the judge that takes strength and courage most of all….

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  2. Thats a real mental, physical, deep seated illness … May they rot in some jail for awhile … and get what they deserve whilst bending over to pick up the soap! Mongrels ..

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    • I don’t believe in evil. Babies aren’t born evil. Something happens, in the brain, DNA, and environment, all together. A perfect storm. Doesn’t seem like a very good explanation for such depravity, but we are all the sum of our parts. Some people would prefer to hurt others rather than fix the hurt within themselves.

      Practicing empathy isn’t always easy, but I would rather understand than condemn. Really, they’re children. I think of the possibility that they’ve been poisoned by chemicals in their environment, or suffered head trauma. And if I was one of their parents, I’m sure I’d blame myself. I’m just not sure we can place blame for something so… horrendous and inexplicable.

      But then I think, well, behavior like this has been going on since the beginning of time… Sometimes I’m ashamed to be a part of the human race.

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        • Do you think humans will ever change? Is there hope for a world without violence and war? I don’t want to admit my answers to these questions…

          But there’s always chocolate. Sorry if I bummed you out. 🙂

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        • Not at all, Johnna. My life in Social Work and therapeutic counselling, has taught me that there is evil in the world, and, fortunately we don’t meet it that often. I couldn’t have done the work I did if I hadn’t been largely of your view.

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  3. Sociopaths. I don’t care if they’re teens, they’re sociopaths. That’s beyond a joke or bullying. That is a sexual assault with the highest intent of aggression and intimidation and humiliation. Just awful. Poor boy.

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