Yesterday, I had a surprise visit from my teenage cousin. As we sat and talked about current events in his life, and discussed current event in the News he informed me of a very painful story. He stated, “There were three boys charged with rape at my high school for raping a special needs student inside the bathroom.” Instantly my heart dropped. He explained, “After the boy was raped, he went to the principal’s office and he was told to go back to class.” I researched this information and found the story on a Memphis News site. These young men are sick. I don’t know what’s happening in America, but something is happening or not happening.
The victim told police he was going to the bathroom when the three suspects came up behind him and forced him to the ground. He said one victim held him down while a second assailant raped him. Afterwards the victim went to report the incident to the principal, but told officers he was sent back to class. He called a family member after school, who then notified the police. After talking to investigators, the victim was taken to MSARC in Memphis to be tested for evidence of sexual assault.
Terrence Jones, Kenneth Bedford and Orlando Hamilton are all charged as adults for rape and first degree battery, and are awaiting trial in Crittenden County Court.