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mrpayroll
04-25-05, 01:28 PM
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050413/NEWS01/504130409/1056/news01

Witnesses: Students watched girl's assault

The Associated Press


COLUMBUS - A 16-year-old girl was punched and forced to perform oral sex on at least two boys in a high school auditorium as dozens of students watched, according to student witness statements.

Mifflin High School officials who found her bleeding from the mouth March 9 did not call police, and an assistant principal cautioned the girl's father against calling 911 because the media might get involved, according to statements from school officials obtained by The Columbus Dispatch.

But the girl's father insisted on calling police and contacted them later that afternoon.

Part of the alleged assault was videotaped by a student with a camera he had for a school project, said the statements provided Monday by the district.

In the statements, which have students' names blacked out, one student said the boys told the victim: "If you scream, I'll have all my boys punch you."

Someone then "punched her in the face and she dropped to her knees," the witness said.

The district has said that four boys were under investigation, and had been sent home, for suspected involvement in the case. The boys still are not in school, a Columbus schools spokesman said Tuesday.

One witness looked for a school security guard but could not find anyone, he told investigators.

"We went back to the auditorium; the victim was 'butt naked,'" the witness said, and someone "was on top of her."

The attackers then ran from the scene, and witnesses helped the girl get dressed before taking her to a security employee, who is not a police officer.

The girl "looked dazed and confused and was crying," special-education teacher Lisa Upshaw told an investigator.

The victim's father, whom the newspaper did not identify, said his daughter is developmentally disabled. Another special-education teacher said in her statement that the girl has a severe speech impediment and can be difficult to understand.

After school officials had known about the attack for an hour, Assistant Principal Richard Watson watched the video.

Upshaw called the victim's father, who immediately demanded that police be called when he joined his daughter in Watson's office.

"Mr. Watson said, 'No we don't want to do that, we don't want the police,'" Upshaw told the investigator.

In his statement, Watson said he told the father to "go ahead and call," but not to call 911 because the "news channel might tape his daughter and cause her further mental trauma."

Superintendent Gene Harris said it would be extremely inappropriate for a district employee to dissuade someone from having police investigate.

Watson and two other assistant principals were suspended without pay for 10 days.


This happened almost 2 months ago, but I don't think this has been posted yet. I found the original posting here http://www.fansofrealitytv.com/forums/showthread.php?t=43724

A more detailed story (somewhat confusing) to follow.

Chris

mrpayroll
04-25-05, 01:29 PM
http://www.columbusdispatch.com/topstory.php?story=dispatch/2005/04/15/20050415-A1-02.html

Mifflin incident steeped in chaos
Police want to charge 3 students in attack on 16-year-old girl
Friday, April 15, 2005
Bill Bush
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH



Three Mifflin High School students should face charges after an attack that has drawn national attention, Columbus police said yesterday.

Two boys should be charged with delinquency counts of rape, detective Mary C. Harrison said. A third student, an 18-year-old who videotaped the March 9 attack on a 16-year-old girl, should be charged with pandering obscenity, she said.

Detectives will make their case to Franklin County prosecutors Tuesday.

Police said spring break and conflicting stories slowed their pace, but witnesses responding to a Columbus Public Schools probe reveal a harrowing story:


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

It was an important day at Mifflin.

Students were taking state proficiency tests, and two members of the Downtown brass were visiting for a meeting with the principal, two assistant principals and about five teachers.

Assistant Principals Richard Watson and Vincent Clarno had been ducking in and out of the noon meeting to grapple with problems at the 800-student school on the Northeast Side.

Already that day, school administrators had investigated a report of a concealed weapon and an assault on a Somali student.

Adding to the problems, the Columbus police officer permanently stationed at Mifflin was away from the building for training. On such days, no replacement officer is sent.

At about 1:45 p.m., the meeting was disturbed by a call for help over the administrators’ walkie-talkies.

All hell had broken loose in the auditorium, and a 16-year old, developmentally disabled girl was at the center of it. Watson and Clarno excused themselves from the meeting and joined teachers scrambling to figure out what had happened.

First-year Principal Regina Crenshaw decided to continue with the meeting, about bell schedules and curriculum.

The initial reports about what had happened in the auditorium were ugly. A group of girls had come screaming to the door of special-education teacher Lisa Upshaw-Haider.

They "told me that I needed to go to the auditorium to help the girl because boys were (having sex with) her, and there was a line of boys" waiting to get oral sex, Upshaw-Haider said.

Marshall Cobb, a Mifflin safety employee who had radioed for help, had seen students running through the halls "trying to observe some act."

He came across the girl, who "appeared to be very upset" but initially told him, "Nothing happened to me," Cobb said.

Another girl said she had seen a boy punch the victim in the head and force her to her knees to perform oral sex.

On his way to the auditorium, Clarno broke up a fight. One of the boys was mad that the other had "snitched" on his cousin, who was involved in the incident, Clarno said.

Other students were telling another special-education teacher, Julia Calvario, that a student had videotaped the incident.

Told of this, Cobb and Watson immediately set out to get the tape, in part because they feared it would be posted on the Internet.

The girl, who has a severe speech impediment, was dazed, confused and crying, Upshaw-Haider said.

In the school office, no later than 2:15 p.m., Calvario finally was having some luck getting information out of the girl:


• There were four boys.


• They grabbed her by the arm and led her behind the curtain of the auditorium stage.


• She told them to stop, but they hit her in the head and told her to be quiet.


• Two made her have oral sex.

At this point, each teacher and administrator at Mifflin who was aware of this allegation was required under Ohio law to immediately phone the police or Franklin County Children Services.

None did.

"All I could think about was (the girl’s) inability to verbally articulate her thoughts because she is so low-functioning," Upshaw-Haider wrote. "I could not get out of my mind the fact that (the girl) could not tell her side of the story, unlike those boys who were denying their involvement."

District officials kept in the dark


Officials found the videotape, which "showed sexual activity involving (the girl) and a male taking place on the stage of the auditorium," Cobb wrote.

"The video we viewed," Watson said, "showed no force or coercion."

The boy’s face was not visible, but officials questioned a suspect who was wearing similar clothes. He denied involvement and implicated several other students.

Upshaw-Haider knew the girl’s father and took it upon herself to phone him on her cell phone. Clarno saw him in the building about 2:10.

Clarno, at 29 the youngest member of the school administration, decided it was time to involve the principal.

He interrupted Crenshaw’s meeting, asked her to come to the door, and quietly informed her of the dramatic episode that had unfolded in the center of her school.

He told her "to come with me, because we have a crisis going on," Clarno wrote.

But Crenshaw returned to the meeting — which might have continued another half-hour, said district executive Jaqueline Ralls, who was there.

"This is absolutely outrageous," Superintendent Gene Harris said yesterday. "I would have gone back and said, ‘Look, we’re done with this meeting.’ "

Harris has begun the process to fire Crenshaw.

District policy called for Crenshaw to inform Ralls — the head of all Columbus high schools — of reports of serious violence. But Ralls said yesterday that she and Crenshaw were together for about another 10 minutes before Ralls left the meeting early. She left the building, not knowing what had happened.

Pete Maneff, the head of vocational centers, who also was at the meeting, couldn’t be reached yesterday.

Delays , indecision and second guessing


"The father arrived a minute or two after I entered Mr. Watson’s office," said one unsigned statement, which appears to be from Assistant Principal Suzie Retterer-Helfrich. "When Mr. Watson began giving details, it appeared to me as though the father had no idea what had reportedly happened, and Mr. Watson was proceeding as if he did.

"I excused myself and asked the dad if he knew why he’d been called, and he said, ‘No, a teacher called and said to get here right away.’ "

Watson wrote that his main concern at that time was making sure the boys suspected in the attack did not leave the school. At 2:30 p.m., the four suspects could have simply been driven away on district school buses or in private cars.

"I introduced myself and sat the father next to his daughter, continuing to ask for information because I know the end of the day is near," Watson said.

"As I relayed the current information, he asked if the police had been called," Watson said. "I said no."

The father told Watson, "I want to press charges," according to Upshaw-Haider. "Let’s get the police."

He pointed to the phone and motioned for Watson to call.

"Mr. Watson said that he shouldn’t call the police because the dispatch would go over the radio," then looked to the others to support him, Upshaw-Haider wrote. Her account continued:

The father said, "I will call on my cell phone, and Watson repeated what he said earlier. . . .

"At some point, I informed (the father) that there was a videotape of the incident. Mr. Watson’s eyes bucked as I mentioned it."

Watson’s statement said, "Calvario and I told him to call the police, not 911. Our fear was that a news channel might tape his daughter and cause her further mental trauma."

Sometime before 3 p.m., Crenshaw had finally finished her meeting and joined her administrators in dealing with the reported attack.

"Ms. Crenshaw told the father come back tomorrow at 7:45 a.m. and our police officer would handle this," Watson wrote. "You will be happy with the results."

At some point, the father called police and went to wait in the school lobby.

Because of a mix-up, the cruisers apparently were dispatched to Mifflin Middle School instead of Mifflin High School, and the father eventually went home.

The police later came to his house and arrived at the school at 5:20 p.m., Cobb said. All the administrators had gone home.

"We spoke as a team in the conference room sometime after the father had left the building," Watson said. "We spoke of the events of the day and Ms. Crenshaw abruptly concluded the meeting and left."

As Clarno was driving home, "I was uncomfortable with how everything played out," he wrote. Around 8 p.m., "unable to cope" with his thoughts, he returned to the school to review his notes.

"That’s when I was told by one of the custodians that the police had been at the school with the parent and they were walking around the cafeteria and auditorium area."

Clarno called Crenshaw at home and said, "We need to revisit how we handled our situation."

At about 10 p.m., as Ralls was getting ready for bed, Crenshaw called to tell her what had happened.

Later, a district investigator asked the three assistant principals about their thinking.

Didn’t you hear the girl’s story, they were asked.

"Yes, but I did not hear everything she said," Retterer-Helfrich answered. "This victim has a habit of wiping her face with her shirt, which may explain her injury."

Did anybody think about calling the nurse or a counselor for the girl?

"No," Watson answered. "The victim was in a safe area and Mrs. H. may have mentioned the emergency-room treatment."

Why did you not call the police?

"Mrs. Crenshaw said we were not calling the police," Clarno said, "and that we would let (the assigned school officer) deal with the situation, since he is more familiar with our students."

Dispatch reporter Evan Goodenow contributed to this story.


Chris

Mutley Hyde
04-25-05, 01:33 PM
If what Upshaw says is true, that ASSistant principle should have his ass fired.

JasonF
04-25-05, 01:37 PM
If what Upshaw says is true, that ASSistant principle should have his ass fired.

There are so many people involved in this story who need to be fired and/or go to jail, starting with the rapists and working your way up to the principal who thought holding a meeting about school bells was more important than responding to the fact that one of her students had just been raped by other students.

TheNightFlier
04-25-05, 01:48 PM
There are so many people involved in this story who need to be fired and/or go to jail, starting with the rapists and working your way up to the principal who thought holding a meeting about school bells was more important than responding to the fact that one of her students had just been raped by other students.

:thumbsup:

From the details it sounds like they should just clean house with the school administration at this place. Told the father about not getting the cops inovolved? You gotta be kidding. This school is going to have a nice lawsuit on their hands.

Turd Ferguson
04-25-05, 01:57 PM
Sounds to me like beheadings in front of the student body are in order. I am not kidding.

Bandoman
04-25-05, 02:03 PM
Sounds to me like beheadings in front of the student body are in order. I am not kidding.

Or castrations...

Neuman
04-25-05, 02:08 PM
<img src="http://www.moparchat.com/forums/images/smilies/ttiwwp.gif">










I'm kidding, of course.

JasonF
04-25-05, 02:11 PM
:thumbsup:

From the details it sounds like they should just clean house with the school administration at this place. Told the father about not getting the cops inovolved? You gotta be kidding. This school is going to have a nice lawsuit on their hands.

It seems there are a few administrators with their heads on their shoulders, like the Assistant Principal who said "Hey, maybe we ought to let this guy know his daughter was raped before we start telling him not to call the cops." But definitely anyone who suggested that the cops shouldn't be called ought to be looking for a new line of work.

Breakfast with Girls
04-25-05, 02:26 PM
You have to really fuck up to be fired from a government job. There are several people here who really fucked up.

Lemdog
04-25-05, 02:45 PM
WTF is going on in COLUMBUS???

LiquidSky
04-25-05, 02:51 PM
There are so many people involved in this story who need to be fired and/or go to jail, starting with the rapists and working your way up to the principal who thought holding a meeting about school bells was more important than responding to the fact that one of her students had just been raped by other students.

Agreed. All of it makes me sick. :mad:

wendersfan
04-25-05, 03:04 PM
WTF is going on in COLUMBUS???It's not Columbus, it's Mifflin Township (not that that makes a big difference).

The Bus
04-25-05, 03:26 PM
I count two innocent people in that story... the dad and his daughter.

"Dozens" watched? Who was taping?

I can't even believe this is real.

beavismom
04-25-05, 03:31 PM
I count two innocent people in that story... the dad and his daughter.

"Dozens" watched? Who was taping?

I can't even believe this is real.

As sick as the taping was, at least there is proof of who participated and they can show she was forced (hopefully) otherwise it would probably not get prosecuted like it should since she is developmentally disabled.

mikehunt
04-25-05, 03:34 PM
she should have done some biting

Kittydreamer
04-25-05, 03:46 PM
:mad: I hope all of the boys that hurt this poor girl end up in jail, performing oral sex on other inmates. :mad:

Usless piece of shits....

:(

kvrdave
04-25-05, 03:50 PM
:mad: I hope all of the boys that hurt this poor girl end up in jail, performing oral sex on other inmates. :mad:

Usless piece of shits....

:(


:eek:


I'm telling Breakfast With Girls that you used the singular "piece" in conjunction with the plural "shits."

You asked for it.

Trigger
04-25-05, 03:51 PM
I'm kidding, of course.
<small>but not really</small>

Kittydreamer
04-25-05, 03:52 PM
:eek:


I'm telling Breakfast With Girls that you used the singular "piece" in conjunction with the plural "shits."

You asked for it.

:grunt: Tattle-tale... :p

Randy Miller III
04-25-05, 04:15 PM
You have to really fucked up to be fired from a government job.
http://liberalavenger.com/hello/5/1413/400/nixon_bowling.jpg

Josh-da-man
04-25-05, 04:23 PM
There are so many people involved in this story who need to be fired and/or go to jail, starting with the rapists and working your way up to the principal who thought holding a meeting about school bells was more important than responding to the fact that one of her students had just been raped by other students.

That's my thought, too. Just reading throught the thing, I was lost track of who needed prison and who needed termination.

Jesus Christ, a "special needs" girl is being gang raped in the auditorium, and the whole goddamned staff of the high school is just wandering around with their thumbs up their asses.

1) Every kid who was watching in the auditorium needs to be hauled away in handcuffs, interrogated until everyone who needs to be charged is.

2) Anyone on the staff who did nothing needs to be terminated immediately, and have their teaching licenses revoked.

Rogue588
04-25-05, 04:25 PM
:mad: I hope all of the boys that hurt this poor girl end up in jail, performing oral sex on other inmates. :mad:That's what i'm thinking. Don't behead them [either head], just ship 'em off to the roughest jail imaginable and let 'em be someone's prag.

Breakfast with Girls
04-25-05, 04:55 PM
:eek:


I'm telling Breakfast With Girls that you used the singular "piece" in conjunction with the plural "shits."

You asked for it.Unacceptable. This has been noted in my <b>Book of Forum Grammatical Errors</b>.

atari2600
04-25-05, 05:08 PM
i honestly hope these boys are locked up for life. they do not deserve freedom. if it was possible, death penalty.

IDrinkMolson
04-25-05, 05:15 PM
Sighhhh.

This is depressing.

DVD Polizei
04-25-05, 05:37 PM
If what Upshaw says is true, that ASSistant principle should have his ass fucked silly.

Fixed.

I have to say, if that was my daughter, I'd be torturin' some boys.

slop101
04-25-05, 05:40 PM
I'm speechless... What kind of person is even capable of such an act agains another person? And then for a school official to not care enough to do something about it? What the hell is wrong with these people?

Turd Ferguson
04-25-05, 05:45 PM
Fixed.

I have to say, if that was my daughter, I'd be torturin' some boys.

Damn straight. I'd call up a couple of hard pipe-hittin' n-ggas to go to work on the 'em with a pair of pliers and a blowtorch.

MartinBlank
04-25-05, 08:09 PM
Glenn Beck caught wind of this story early last week, needless to say, he was completely outraged, after trying to reach the mayor's office and being ignored Beck began to lampoon the mayor, Michael Coleman, THEN the mayor decided to chime in. The interview was pretty sad, basically, Coleman, not wanting to offend the "pro-rape of the handicap" voting block, made it a non-issue. Basically stating that the whole ordeal was under a criminal investigation, so he really couldn't comment on it....the same guy who sent/sends his kids to a Catholic School....huh, I wonder why he would do that?

http://www.nbc4i.com/news/4399669/detail.html

For as much crap that is shoveled the way of conservative talk radio, I find it interesting that it took as long as it did for this story to hit the mainstream press, only after, a "right-wing nut-job" brought it to the attention of his listeners....I first heard mention of it on his Friday, April 15th show.

Hud
04-25-05, 09:01 PM
Glenn Beck is coming to Columbus Thursday night. Mayor Coleman has done a HORRIBLE job dealing with this story. And he's running for governor of Ohio next year...

jw2299
04-25-05, 09:13 PM
It must take everything that father has to not just go kill those boys. My heart goes out to him. :(

Giantrobo
04-25-05, 09:23 PM
This story makes me so sick. I don't understand how in this day and age sexual assaul/battery is treated so lightly. :mad:

jrobinson
04-25-05, 09:40 PM
*sigh*

:(

PopcornTreeCt
04-25-05, 11:54 PM
If I was the father I would kill them all.

mikehunt
04-26-05, 12:06 AM
a school official not disciplining students?
shit, that's par for the course in today's schools
hell, a gang member in Niagara Falls with a felony record got killed trying to commit a robbery with a pellet gun that looked identical to a real Walther PPK and the school let students turn his locker into a shrine and lowered the flag to half staff.
a damn gang banger and he gets treated like an angel

DVD Polizei
04-26-05, 12:33 AM
Seems like the administration of some schools are going along to get along. Bad medicine if you ask me.

cruzness
04-26-05, 12:49 AM
:mad: I hope all of the boys that hurt this poor girl end up in jail, performing oral sex on other inmates. :mad:

Usless piece of shits....

:(

I hope they are introduced to the tossed salad man.

Neuman
04-26-05, 01:10 AM
<small>but not really</small>



<small>of course not</small>

kvrdave
04-26-05, 01:19 AM
This story makes me so sick. I don't understand how in this day and age sexual assaul/battery is treated so lightly. :mad:

Porn? -wink-


kidding, kidding. Go back to your porn, guys, and don't respond to me. :lol:

mndtrp
04-26-05, 01:33 AM
:(

I agree with everyone else here. I guess, at the least, there were some decent people in all of this. Very few, but some.

zuffy
04-26-05, 10:11 AM
If the girl's father don't wanna kill those fuckers, the parents of those boys should do the honor.

jkberden
04-26-05, 02:27 PM
Stories like these are why I disagree with the 8th Amendment. These punks deserve to be severely beaten and tortured with extreme cruelty.

animalmystic
04-26-05, 02:39 PM
This shit makes me fucking sick. It just goes to show how fucked up some people are now a days in this world.

I hope all of the boys that hurt this poor girl end up in jail, performing oral sex on other inmates.

Usless piece of shits....

I totally agree, I hope these shit fucks all go to prison, they will get handled real well by the boys in the big house. They are gonna be trading smokes for these boys big time. Sad really really sad :(

Roto
04-26-05, 07:20 PM
I couldn't even read the whole thing. I think I'd be physically ill :(

Lemdog
04-26-05, 08:10 PM
Glenn Beck is coming to Columbus Thursday night.

Go get them Glenn!

The Bus
04-27-05, 07:28 AM
I already had my serious comment, so here is my snide comment: What if the girl had been a rooster? I'm sure the FBI would've been called.

DJLinus
04-28-05, 08:12 PM
I really wanted to see Beck tonight - tried to buy tickets on Saturday (they went on sale the evening before), but they sold out. Beck's using the proceeds of the show to give the victim a scholarship to a private school.

Here is a link to the interview with Mayor Coleman: http://www.glennbeck.com/news/04212005.shtml

Also on that page is Beck's appearance on Hannity and Colmes, where Alan tries to politicize this whole thing. -rolleyes-

Here's an mp3 of the interview: http://www.610wtvn.com/610WTVN_GlennBeck_vs_MayorColeman.mp3

Beck's show was funny today. He was totally ripping on Coleman because, per the mayor's words, the office of mayor has no power over the educational system. Yet listed on the agenda of the black mayors' conference held in Columbus this week (and hosted by Coleman) are several seminars dealing with education. He was also tearing him for scheduling Ludacris perform at the conference (in front of a few hundred students) and quoted some of the rapper's lyrics about having sex in a classroom (I don't remember, but I think it was forcible sex, at that).

Bacon
04-28-05, 08:14 PM
:nopics:

I'm not kidding :eyebrow:

Amel
04-28-05, 09:46 PM
:( speechless.

Breakfast with Girls
04-28-05, 09:53 PM
:nopics:

I'm not kidding :eyebrow:...

DJLinus
04-29-05, 09:52 AM
Anyone go to Glenn Beck's show last night?

Seeker
04-29-05, 09:14 PM
Any more NEWS about this?

DJLinus
05-02-05, 09:32 AM
Any more NEWS about this?

Some recent articles from the Columbus Dispatch (you need a sub to access the archive, so no link):

MIFFLIN SILENCE BLAMED ON POLICY
Former principal says she once was scolded for calling police
Published: Wednesday, April 27, 2005
NEWS 01A
By Bill Bush
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
Even a melee involving up to 100 students was insufficient reason in the eyes of district executives for police to be called for help, former Mifflin High School Principal Regina Crenshaw said yesterday.

Crenshaw offered her first public defense of her actions on March 9 when a girl reported being sexually assaulted. The district is firing her for failing to phone police and follow other district policies.

The district's reponse to the fight Feb. 23 in the Mifflin lunchroom set the stage for her response to the assault report, Crenshaw and her attorney said.

The district policy on calling police was extremely confusing, "especially if you're being admonished to not call the police and instead call Downtown for the safety and security specialist,'' said Crenshaw's attorney, Toki Clark.

Clark said that was the message the district sent Crenshaw after the lunchroom brawl.

"This is clearly what she did on March 9,'' Clark said, reading from a statement.

District officials have said that the Feb. 23 fight between Somali immigrants and black Americans involved up to 100 students. About 10 police officers responded after the school's assigned police officer radioed for help.

Neither Crenshaw nor Clark would say who discouraged Crenshaw from calling the police, but Clark said the warning was made verbally.

Superintendent Gene Harris responded: "I have no idea who might have reprimanded her.''

On March 9, a developmentally disabled 16-year-old girl told school officials that she had been punched in the head and forced to perform oral sex on two boys as others watched.

The district replaced Crenshaw and her three assistant principals, in part because they didn't call police or Franklin County Children Services. Police are investigating the principals' actions and those of the boys involved; no one has been charged.

Clark said Crenshaw did not violate Ohio law that requires school officials to immediately report suspected child abuse -- which would include a sexual assault -- because the girl's father called police on his cell phone.

"The father notified Ms. Crenshaw, 'I've called the police; they're on their way,' '' Clark said.

It's Crenshaw's stance that she did contact police because she told a school security employee to call Mifflin's assigned police officer. The employee left a message for the officer, who was out of the building that day.

"We believe that she has properly performed her duties under the law,'' Clark said.

Asked repeatedly under what circumstance she would call police, Crenshaw equivocated:

"Once we get everything settled, and depending on the severity, and not all fights are so severe that we would need an officer, it would honestly depend on case by case.''

Asked whether she would call police if a Columbine-type shooting occurred at Mifflin, she said:

"We have an incident-command training for those kinds of incidents. Well, there is policy on that, and at this point it would be better to look at the policy.''

Police records provided by Clark show that the girl's father called at 2:45 p.m., at least an hour after the girl was found. Crenshaw joined her assistant principals, the father and the girl in the school office about that time, Clark said.

Crenshaw had been in a meeting with Downtown officials -- about bell schedules and curriculum. An assistant principal said that at about 2:15 p.m. he interrupted and told Crenshaw "to come with me, because we have a crisis going on,'' but that she stayed for roughly a half-hour after that.

Crenshaw wouldn't say whether that account was true.

Columbus police confirmed yesterday that cruisers mistakenly went to Mifflin Elementary and Mifflin Middle School instead of the high school. Officers eventually went to the father's house after he called again.

Crenshaw and her assistant principals left Mifflin without talking to police that day.

Harris said the administrators should have been there when the police arrived.

"We want people to use common sense,'' she said.

BILL AIMS TO MODIFY RULES ON REPORTING CHILD ABUSE
Those who don't call police would face tougher punishment
Published: Thursday, April 28, 2005
NEWS 06B
By Bill Bush
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
The failure of Mifflin High School administrators to immediately call police when a girl reported being sexually assaulted could raise the stakes for all Ohioans required to report such incidents.

State Sen. David Goodman, a Bexley Republican, said he will introduce legislation today that raises the penalty for all mandated reporters of child abuse who do not immediately call police or their county welfare agency.

His bill would make the offense a first-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Now it's a fourth-degree offense with a maximum penalty of 30 days in jail and a $250 fine.

Goodman said he believes that most of Ohio's teachers and administrators are responsible and always call authorities when they suspect abuse.

"But I want to make sure of that, because we don't know whether we can rely upon that at this point, that if they don't do it, that they are going to be subject to a much greater degree of criminal punishment.''

Goodman's legislation is in response to a March 9 incident at Mifflin High. Four school administrators did not call police when a girl reported being struck and forced to perform oral sex on two boys.

Their actions are being investigated for possible criminal charges.

Principal Regina Crenshaw and her attorney said Tuesday that she didn't contact authorities because the girl's father did. Attorney Toki Clark also said Crenshaw asked a school safety officer to call Mifflin's assigned police officer.

However, a 1996 revision to state law specified that mandated reporters cannot delegate their responsibility to contact authorities, said Kay Marshall, spokeswoman for Franklin County Children Services.

The Mifflin case has shaken the public's confidence in school officials, Goodman said.

"What they've proven to us at this point is that they are potentially more concerned about public relations than they are about the children,'' Goodman said. "As a parent I want to be absolutely sure that the people I'm entrusting my child to are first and foremost concerned about the safety of my child.''

Rhonda Johnson, president of the Columbus Education Association, said the punishment is already sufficient and questions whether making it harsher would compel more school officials to call authorities. Educating mandated reporters about the law would produce better results, she said.

Ohio law requires a long list of professionals to immediately report knowledge or suspicion of child abuse, including sexual assaults or rapes. The list includes teachers, school administrators, superintendents and school board members.

Also on the list are: lawyers, physicians, dentists, nurses, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, speech pathologists, coroners, day-care workers, counselors, clergy and others.

DJLinus
05-13-05, 11:00 AM
Still no charges filed...

MIFFLIN PRINCIPAL WANTS PUBLIC HEARING
District wants closed session on dismissal to protect identities of students involved
Published: Thursday, May 12, 2005
NEWS 06C
By Bill Bush
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
Mifflin High School's former principal wants the appeal of her dismissal public, but Columbus Public Schools want the administrative hearing closed.

Regina Crenshaw is being fired because of her response to a March 9 incident in which a a developmentally disabled girl reported being sexually assaulted in the school's auditorium.

Crenshaw did not immediately contact police or Franklin County Children Services about the incident, despite a law requiring principals to do so, and she did not call district administrators until that night.

The school district will submit its arguments for a closed hearing to a referee by Friday, spokeswoman Gayle Saunders said.

The district thinks the case should be closed to protect the identities of students involved, including the girl who reported being assaulted, Saunders said.

In keeping with a longstanding policy of not identifying people reporting sexual assaults, the Columbus news media have not identified the girl.

The two boys that police think could be charged in the attack have not been named either.

A family spokesman has identified Kevin Bolling, 18, as the student who videotaped part of the incident. Police have said that person could be charged with pandering obscenity.

Crenshaw initially asked for a private hearing in March, but because the case has garnered so much publicity she feels it is better to defend herself in public, said Toki Clark, her attorney.

"She is a take-the-high-road kind of person,'' Clark said of Crenshaw.

Clark points to the instructions in state law covering such hearings, which say "the hearing shall be private unless the teacher requests a public hearing.'' The law offers no exceptions to protect students.

Hearing referee James Dietz, a Delaware lawyer, said he will decide whether to close the hearing by May 24.

The hearing is scheduled to begin June 2.

Under state law, Crenshaw can require witnesses to appear, as well as question and cross-examine them.

Clark said the entire community -- including district officials, police and the news media -- could learn a valuable lesson from a public hearing.

"This is a teachable moment for us all,'' Clark said. "We think if we have a public forum it will enable everyone to understand what is required, what is requested, what our response should be if this ever were to happen again.''

Other news in the same school district:

In another report of sexual assault at a Columbus school, an eighth-grade boy is accused of pushing a sixth-grader into a locker room and molesting her.

But unlike the incident March 9 at Mifflin High School, which drew national criticism, Westmoor Middle School officials quickly called police and the boy has been charged, the girl's parents say.

Things like this make me seriously consider sending my future kids to private school.

al_bundy
05-13-05, 11:16 AM
just buy a house in a very good school district to minimize chances of this happening. Newsweek just had a survey of the 1000 best high school in the US. it will be just like private school, but the house will increase in value and the property taxes (tuition) are tax deductible.

Seeker
05-13-05, 12:42 PM
No charges yet? Amazing. Sounds like (other than firing the principal) they're trying to put this under the rug.

JasonF
05-13-05, 12:56 PM
just buy a house in a very good school district to minimize chances of this happening. Newsweek just had a survey of the 1000 best high school in the US. it will be just like private school, but the house will increase in value and the property taxes (tuition) are tax deductible.

My High School is #314. Suck it, losers! (this comment not directed at individuals who attended High Schools ranked #313 or higher).

DJLinus
05-13-05, 01:21 PM
just buy a house in a very good school district to minimize chances of this happening. Newsweek just had a survey of the 1000 best high school in the US. it will be just like private school, but the house will increase in value and the property taxes (tuition) are tax deductible.

True, but honestly the violence is only one factor to me. I'd also like to avoid (as much as possible) all of the touchy feely and PC stuff that is becoming more prevalent.

DJLinus
06-01-05, 10:36 AM
Just heard on the radio that the prosecutor is expected to make an announcement today regarding charges.

Other news:

EX-MIFFLIN PRINCIPAL GETS OPEN HEARING
Testimony that could ID students will be private, referee rules
Published: Saturday, May 28, 2005
NEWS 01C
By Bill Bush
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
An appeals hearing into the firing of Mifflin High School's former principal will be "primarily'' held in public, a referee ruled yesterday.

However, parts of Regina Crenshaw's hearing to try to keep her job can be held in private, ruled James Dietz, a Delaware County lawyer who is referee in the case.

Dietz ordered that any information that would identify specific students be kept confidential during the hearing.

Crenshaw was fired for her response after a girl told school officials on March 9 that she had been forced to perform oral sex on two boys during school hours. Crenshaw did not contact district officials, police or Franklin County Children Services.

Crenshaw's appeals hearing will start at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Shepard Center, 873 Walcutt Ave.

Witnesses will be instructed not to use specific information about students, but when they are unable to avoid doing so, Dietz "reserves the right to, prospectively, make the entire hearing private.''

Any testimony discussing a particular student "or other sensitive information'' will be closed to the public, Dietz ruled.

Federal law generally prohibits school officials from releasing any information that would allow the public to identify students.

Crenshaw had first requested a private hearing, but after the Mifflin case gained widespread notoriety, she changed her mind and requested it be held in public. The district argued that the hearing should be private to protect students.

"I'm pleased with the outcome,'' said Toki Clark, Crenshaw's attorney. "I think it's a victory.''

Exactly how much of the hearing will have to be closed and the types of testimony that might be kept private are yet to be determined, Clark said.

"I think we'll kind of work it out,'' she said. "I do appreciate his bottom line that it's going to be a public issue. He told us he wants as much of this to be as public as possible.''

Gayle Saunders, special assistant to Columbus Superintendent Gene Harris, said Dietz has presented a balanced solution to the issue.

"Of course it's public, but he also indicates that he's going to make provisions to make sure student information is protected,'' Saunders said.

Ohio law states that a school administrator who is appealing a termination can elect to have the hearing in public.

"This hearing does not involve per se constitutional provisions governing the public's right to witness legal proceedings,'' Dietz wrote. "This hearing does not involve the freedom of the press or, generally, the public's right to know.''

Dietz added that "there is no separate and distinguishable interest by the public to witness these proceedings.''

Michael T Hudson
06-01-05, 01:12 PM
My High School is #314. Suck it, losers! (this comment not directed at individuals who attended High Schools ranked #313 or higher).


72 | Westlake | Austin | Texas | 3.035 | 1.8


Take that. Not that I could afford to buy a house there now.

DJLinus
06-02-05, 09:50 AM
Charges finally brought...

Mifflin teens charged with rape
2 boys accused of assaulting girl; ex-principal charged with inaction
Thursday, June 02, 2005
Bill Bush , Kevin Mayhood and Alayna DeMartini
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

Ending a 12-week investigation into a girl’s report that she was sexually assaulted at Mifflin High School, prosecutors yesterday charged two students with rape and the school’s former principal with failing to report suspected child abuse.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien charged Timothy Armistead, 16, and Brandyn Hobbs, 15, each with two delinquency counts of rape, one count of sexual battery and one count of kidnapping. If convicted, they face penalties ranging from probation to incarceration in a state Department of Youth Services facility until age 21.

Columbus City Prosecutor Richard C. Pfeiffer charged Regina Crenshaw, the former principal, with one count of failing to notify police or Franklin County Children Services of the suspected sexual assault. The charge is a fourth-degree misdemeanor that has a maximum penalty of 30 days in jail and a $250 fine.

Crenshaw said the charge against her is political and that the timing — a day before she was to begin an administrative hearing in an attempt to regain her position — was "ironic."

"My bottom line is the love of kids," said Crenshaw, 46. "That’s what is most important. I’m in my depressed state right now, especially with the criminal charges."

Hobbs and Armistead were in the county Juvenile Detention Center yesterday. Their families could not be reached for comment.

The two teens turned themselves in to police yesterday. They are accused of forcing a 16-year-old developmentally disabled girl to perform oral sex on them March 9 in Mifflin’s auditorium as others watched. One student reportedly videotaped it.

Family members accompanied Hobbs when he turned himself in. Armistead was accompanied by his attorney, Gerald T. Sunbury.

Both were expected to appear this morning in Franklin County Juvenile Court to formally hear the charges against them. A magistrate will decide whether they will be held in the detention center pending trial or be released.

As for the failure-to-report charge against Crenshaw, Pfieffer said that regardless of whether the girl was forced to engage in sex or was a willing participant, if she has a developmental disability, the school has "a duty to protect that person."

Pfeiffer is charging only Crenshaw, although other school officials also knew of the girl’s allegation and did not report it.

"If five people are aware in one building, do all five have to each make a call, or should there be five calls?" Pfieffer asked. "No. You say to the person in charge, ‘It’s your responsibility. Here is what your folks are saying; you’ve got to make the call.’

"This was a busy school day, and there is a division of labor."

But Crenshaw’s attorney, Toki Clark, said the mandatory reporting statute applies to any school employee and that Crenshaw was the eighth school employee to become aware of an allegation.

The law "does not say that the most senior school employee handling an abuse situation is the only one that has the obligation to report," Clark said.

The timing of the charge puts Crenshaw’s administrative hearing in jeopardy, Clark said. The attorney said she needs to explore what protections she has against self-incrimination in the criminal case if she is called to testify at the administrative hearing.

O’Brien said he is trying to persuade the student accused of videotaping the Mifflin incident, 18-year-old Kevin Bolling, to testify for prosecutors. He would not comment on whether Bolling would be charged.

Attorney Thomas D. Beal was appointed to represent Bolling in negotiations with O’Brien’s office.

The case stems from the girl’s accusations that she was led into the Mifflin auditorium, struck in the head and forced to perform oral sex behind curtains on the stage of the school’s auditorium.

The girl’s father dialed 911 on his cell phone, despite school officials’ discouraging him from reporting it. An assistant principal told him not to call 911 because reporters might hear over police scanners the order to send a cruiser.

The principal thinks the charges against her were "political"? She didn't report the rape. Seems pretty clear cut to me.