A group of Lakeside Middle School students calling themselves The Charlie Rape Gang recently were punished for simulating sex acts with unwilling classmates.
A teacher overheard some pupils on Feb. 14 in class discussing something with the initials CRG and reported it to the office, said Principal Felicia Turner.
“We began calling kids in and asking some questions,” she said. “We found out five boys were playing a game called The Charlie Rape Gang.”
After meeting with the boys’ parents on Feb. 15, the pupils were suspended for the remainder of the week.
“The parents were very upset with their kids; every single one of them,” Turner said. “They were very apologetic for their kids and assured me it would never happen again.”
The acts, Turner said, consisted of the boys sneaking up on classmates and “dry humping” them.
Victims interviewed by school officials said they didn’t report the incidents to school officials because they told the boys to stop and they complied.
However, at least two parents reported inappropriate contact at the school to the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.
The first incident report, dated Feb. 18, is from a parent whose son told her about the boys "knocking down both males and females and jumping on top of them and humping them."
A second report dated Tuesday, the same day Turner sent a letter home to parents explaining the situation, is from a parent claiming her son was attacked at the school by a 13-year-old classmate.
The teen "grabbed him (the victim) in a bear hug around his arms." He "then began to hump her son's leg." The boy told his mother that his attacker belonged to the Charlie Rape Gang.
Turner said the boys communicated their acts on Facebook and got the idea from someone saying the same kinds of gangs existed in South Carolina schools.
“To the best of our knowledge, this all started on (Feb. 10), and we found out about it (Feb. 14),” Turner said.
Prior to the filing of a second incident report, sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said the incidents were investigated, but no charges filed.
Investigators now are looking into the second reported incident, he said.