The front-page article about the abuse of a young wrestler by his teammates literally made me sick to my stomach with the graphic detail (which was probably necessary to explain the gravity of the charges) and the thought of the horror of the treatment of another human being. Call it "horseplay," say "boys will be boys," make excuses for the behavior, but it is a form of torture and the equivalent of rape, mentally if not physically! Another example of bullying! If it were a cat or a dog or a POW terrorist, the outrage would be heard to the heavens, the rescuers would be at the door! Often these attacks are reported to teachers and authorities too busy to deal with them immediately and then someone shows up at school with an assault rifle!
Disorderly conduct? I think not! When does assault become more serious? Penetration? Please! You can thank the video games that these kids play that dehumanize the targets (often women) and allow them to act out violent attacks without any consequences for their behavior.
My heart aches, as the mother of sons and grandsons, for this child of God! "Whatsoever you do to the least of my people that you do unto me" means that JC himself was in that locker room and YOU bullies did that to him! Get it? Obviously you don't.
I guarantee if that boy were my son or grandson, you would never hear the end of this! He will never forget this abuse!
While we sit back, and shame on us, forget about it because it was not our problem, let's be reminded the next assault could be a member of YOUR family.
Catawba Island Twp.