August 21, 2008

D'Onofrio Nails Wilson's Hypocrisy

I had read the story on the ESPN website earlier this week, resurrecting the stunning allegations of physical and sexual assault on a Wilson High School bus. Then I read John D’Onofrio's column in yesterday's Union Sun & Journal. John, you couldn't be any more dead on.

Unless you've been living in a cave, you've undoubtedly heard about the incidents in Wilson which have lead to three varsity players being charged with third-degree aggravated sexual abuse, a felony, and misdemeanor child endangerment. Court documents say they inserted a foreign object into the rectum of a junior varsity male victim being held down on the floor of the school bus.

There can be no gray area here- if found guilty of these charges, these "kids" need to go to prison. As we've said before this "boys being boys" excuse has gotten pretty damn old. I looked up the definition of rape, and found the following at MedicineNet.com: Rape: Forced sexual intercourse; sexual assault; sexual intercourse between an adult and a minor. Rape may be heterosexual (involving members of opposite sexes) or homosexual (involving members of the same sex). Rape involves insertion of an erect penis or an inanimate object into the female vagina or the male anus. Legal definitions of rape may also include forced oral sex and other sexual acts.

Forcing an inanimate object into the male anus. Any questions?

D'Onofrio's column nails the character, or lack thereof, of many of the people of Wilson. These hypocrites told the media to stay the hell out of their town, going as far as saying that members of the media should be taken to the back of the bus. I cannot even tell you how how incensed I was when I first heard it, and am once again after reading it yesterday. Who would diminish what has allegedly happened to these Wilson boys by trivializing it with such a comment? And whoever made that comment drew applause from the crowd?

But after this, the people of Wilson, who earlier decried the media coverage of the incidents, decide to tell their story to ESPN for a story to be aired this Sunday at 9:30 - on national television. Simply disgraceful. Not disgraceful to the point that I'd recommend that YOU be taken to the back of the bus, but disgraceful nonetheless.

8 comments:

Frank DeGeorge said...

Spot on. I'm not saying lock these kids up who committed this act and throw away the key, but society loses when we forget the punishment part of "crime and punishment."

I shudder to think what went wrong in the humanity of those on the bus. The Wilson community should be asking that question of themselves rather than trying to defend the indefensible.

And there needs to be appropriate punishment to send a message to everyone that there are indeed lines that should never be crossed and when you cross them you pay the consequences.

lido said...

After Columbine and other tragedies, we heard all of the talk from school administrators that kids who are bullied will no longer be subjected to such humiliation. Afterall, it was that type actions that supposedly drove the shooters to act.

But we know it was nothing but talk and made for good sound bites. I hope these administrators are happy.

Mr. Pink said...

It is disappointing that everyone's first reaction is to defend the punks who did this or defend the adults who were supposed to be supervising.

WilliamWallace said...

Adults blew it, kids had zero thought process behind their actions, so they blew it, and why do the kids think that action is fine? Their parents failed too...

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Justice4Claire said...

What's even as disturbing here is the notion that this was something of a tradition more than an isolated incident. There is a lot of blame to go around and everyone should step up and take theirs including the shocking profusion of loudmouthed "taxpayers' who were in such a hurry to exonerate these rapists and protect their coaches. Agreed too, that the "boys being boys" thing is pure b.s. and is not part of being a boy. A lot of us were once boys too but we never tried to rape other boys.

IrishLass31 said...

What you fail to recognize is that the Wilson residents who appeared on ESPN are the fringe whackos and that when Elizabeth Merrill quoted that person from Wilson that wanted to take reporters to the back of the bus, did you you notice she didn't use his name? I'm not sure anyone even said it, but it sure did make her story a little better. Her little tale is good for a made for TV movie, but certainly not for reporting the truth. She should be sued for slandering an entire town! Lastly - the charges have all been reduced to a violation hazing. SODOMY NEVER HAPPENED!! Nice try, but once again commenting on a situation you know nothing about...