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Members of the Lakeside Middle "Charlie Rape Gang" faced Columbia County Juvenile Court Judge Doug Flanagan Wednesday on charges of simple battery.

"Rape gang" heading to juvenile court

Posted: February 28, 2012 - 9:25pm  |  Updated: February 29, 2012 - 12:53pm
Lakeside Middle School Principal Felicia Turner testified in Columbia County Juvenile Court Wednesday on the actions of the "Charlie Rape Gang".  Jim Blaylock
Jim Blaylock
Lakeside Middle School Principal Felicia Turner testified in Columbia County Juvenile Court Wednesday on the actions of the "Charlie Rape Gang".

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Five Lakeside Middle School pupils calling themselves the Charlie Rape Gang will appear in Columbia County Juvenile Court this morning to answer charges of simple battery, school officials said Tuesday.

Superintendent Charles Nagle said Columbia County sheriff’s investigators met with the boys, their parents and school officials at Lakeside Middle Tuesday to inform them of the charges and the court appearance.

Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said he couldn’t confirm the charges until after the hearing.

Depending on the outcome in court, Nagle said the boys then might face the school system hearing officer, who adjudicates school-related offenses involving pupils. The hearing officer has the authority to expel.

“We’re not going to have this behavior in our schools,” Nagle said.

Several angry parents demanded Tuesday that the Columbia County school board more harshly punish the gang.

Accused this month of accosting and “dry-humping” unwilling classmates, the boys received two days suspension for their actions.

Jennifer Rose, the mother of a Lakeside Middle pupil, called the suspension a “two-day vacation.” She demanded during a school board meeting that officials expel the pupils.

Another parent suggested the board fire Lakeside Middle Principal Felicia Turner.

Cora Doran said her son stood up to the boys and reported their actions. When they gang returned to school following their suspension, she said they threatened her son.

“My son learned the importance of standing up for people who can’t or won’t stand up for themselves,” Doran said while fighting back tears.

School trustee Mike Sleeper said the board wouldn’t respond directly to parent complaints, but would direct central office staff to investigate.

“The safety of our students is our utmost concern,” he said. “This matter has not escaped our attention.”

 

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donnie.fetter@augustachronicle.com.

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Comments (5)

Riverman1

How Old Are the Boys?

I believe the age of the boys is pertinent to the story.

Spelunkerman

Why is age a factor?

Middle school, which is old enough for a group of kids to know better than to beat up on the defenseless.

pacificvoyager

Times have changed

If something like this would happen when I went to high school the person doing the act probally would have got a punch in the face and I bet he would never would have done it again.

aubaug

Bullies are encouraged

We are raising sissies as boys in our society. Back in the day, boys were taught to defend themselves. When I was a student, it was common practice to let two boys "duke it out" on the playground, to settle an argument. The two boys shook hands and it was done and over with. At home, Johnny and Butch did the same thing in the neighborhood, and Mommy and Daddy did not interfere! The Mommies did not get mad with each other and call other Mommies and ostracize the "boy who started it". Blah, blah, blah! Boys were boys, and they grew up into men. Bullies were not prevalent back in those days because boys could take care of themselves---they were encouraged to take care of themselves. If you picked on someone, you got it in the nose, so you knew not to do it.

As a result, when these "sissies" that we are raising, get to high school, they do not know how to protect themselves. They have been prevented by the school systems to handle situations by themselves. They always must "tell the teacher". The pressure mounts. The bully numbers grow. And the "bullied sissies" bring guns to school and shoot.

Keep up the good work America! Our American boys are being ruined every day.

SocialBias

Charlie Rape Gang???? (This post is on all CRG articles) new

What you all fail to understand is that these are CHILDREN. At no point does the board or Juvenile Court say that they have explained to these young minds the severity of what they were doing, or how it is deemed socially unnacceptable.

A 30min hearing, irrate biased parents, and ill-representation on the students part does not constitute these kids on being guilty for anything less than, making "Juvenile decisions."(Similar to popping bra straps, or "Nut-checking")
"Marking" these students for the rest of their life, and subjecting them to this "Harassment" is far worse than anything they have done. You adults need to talk about ways to help these kids, not persecute them. All of these students deserve a second chance at life.

SBias

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