Members of Lakeside Middle School’s “Charlie Rape Gang” received additional punishment Friday by a Columbia County Juvenile Court judge.
All five boys, two 12-year-olds and three 13-year-olds, were sentenced to 12 months probation and varying terms of community service.
The boys were accused in February of surrounding other pupils at Lakeside Middle and simulating sex acts while fully clothed, resulting in their suspensions from school.
Two of the boys had previous discipline problems and were expelled from the school at a March school disciplinary hearing. The other three boys did not have histories of disciplinary issues, but were given additional days of in-school suspension.
During the juvenile court hearing, Columbia County sheriff’s Investigator Brian Jones said the “gang” seemed to have started as a joke between the boys.
The name started after one of the boys had a dog named Charlie rub on his leg at a ballpark.
The incidents happened mostly in locker rooms and bathrooms, but also in hallways and classrooms. They were described as “dry-humping” other pupils.
Kristy Golden, a mother of one of the boys who claimed to be attacked in the hallway, said her 13-year-old son suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and is afraid to ride his bike because he lives in the same neighborhood as the boy who attacked him.
“This is not normal,” she said. “This is not a part of life.”
That member of the “gang” was ordered to have no contact with her son and stay in alternative school.
Several of the boys’ parents spoke at the hearing and said they hoped this will be a “learning experience” for their sons.