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.