Pants on the Ground

Teen arrested in sexual assault case:

ESCAMBIA COUNTY, Florida (WALA) – A 16-year-old Tate High School student faces sexual battery and indecent exposure charges after an alleged incident in a classroom full of students.

A 14-year-old girl told investigators that on March 1, while in a reading class, the 16-year-old grabbed her by the neck and forced her to perform a sexual act on him.

FOX10 News has learned that the teacher was present in the room when the alleged incident occurred.

I know what you’re thinking. “Oh, that’s not good…” (I’M gonna cut the teacher a huss. The class was broken up into three groups, she was working with one and this group formed a barrier, with not ONE of the worthless little shits doing the right thing.) But it gets even worse.

…[Escambia County Sheriff’s Department Spokesman Deputy Chris] Welborn said the incident happened on March 1, but was not reported to the sheriff’s office until three days later. Ross is investigating if there was a delay.

Bad, huh? Worse than that, read just what it TOOK to get the crime REPORTED in those three days ~ NOT by the school, mind you, but by the persistent mother of a witness.

Monday, March 1

…2:24 p.m.: A boy who saw the alleged incident and is upset calls his mother from a bathroom at the school and asks her to pray for him. He abruptly hangs up when someone comes into the bathroom.
He calls his mother back and says he saw a sexual assault during his class. The boy hangs up again when he hears someone coming into the bathroom.

…3:38 p.m.: The mother calls Tate assistant principal Terri Colburn and tell her what happened but doesn’t have the names of students involved.
The mother calls her son to get names. She calls Colburn back and gives her seven students’ names, including her son’s, the victim, the suspect, two students who blocked the teacher’s view and two witnesses.
-That evening: Principal Rick Shackle notifies Carolyn Spooner, the district’s director of high school education.

Wednesday, March 2
10:40 a.m.: The mother calls Colburn to give her more details.
11:32 a.m.: Tate High Dean David Venettozzi calls the mother to let her know that the school will be closing the investigation soon.

2:45 a.m.: Venettozzi tells Deputy Bobby Small, a school resource officer, that the school is investigating a “sexual incident.” The dean does not provide any details.

And that’s the first an “officer” hears anything about anything, but is given no indication of either the nature nor seriousness of the attack and is not TOLD to act, so nothing’s done.

The mother takes matter into her own hands the NEXT evening and calls the Sheriff’s Office directly, who return her call promptly the FOLLOWING day (See how far out we are now?).

Sheriff Morgan, predictably, goes ballistic.

…The investigation follows complaints by Sheriff David Morgan that the Sheriff’s Office did not learn details of the Tate High School incident until three days after it occurred, when the mother of a boy who witnessed the incident alerted the captain who oversees school resource officers.

Further, when the sheriff’s sex crimes investigator arrived at the school, Dean David Venettozzi told her that administrators would not speak to her about the matter, Morgan said. Venettozzi also refused to provide information or written statements that the school had gathered in its own investigation, the sheriff said.

Under Florida law, school officials are required to report allegations of major crimes, including sexual battery and child abuse, to law enforcement. Misdemeanors, including simple assaults, minor vandalism and small thefts, can be handled by school officials.

“We would have expected to have been notified immediately either directly to the Sheriff’s Office or through our school resource officer with the specifics of this possible crime so we could make a reasoned determination how to approach it,” Morgan said. “And that is the law.”

Today, after a THOROUGH, IN HOUSE INVESTIGATION, the Escambia County School Board released their exhaustive findings and…nobody at the school did a damn thing wrong.

An internal probe by the Escambia County School District says school officials acted properly and timely when reporting an alleged March 1 sexual assault at Tate High School.

Matter of fact, everybody gets a medal.

…“The communication and cooperation between the (school resource officer) and Tate was superb after the discovery of the incident and identification of involved parties,” the report states.

[Escambia County Superintendent of Schools malcomb] Thomas said the report shows school officials acted appropriately.

“I am absolutely confident now there was no delay on the part of school officials,” Thomas said. “You could not have notified law enforcement any quicker than we notified them.”

Superintendent is an elected position.

I just thought I’d mention that. People who can hold their own “investigations” of themselves always forget stuff like that. The voters don’t, especially considering the lawsuit that’ll probably be bankrupting the district being in the papers and all right around election time.

You know, besides the fact that people just normally worry about their kids safety at school.

We’re in good hands around here.

9 Responses to “Pants on the Ground”

  1. nightfly says:

    Notonly a brazen public assault, but he got seven other kids to go along with it, while terrifying witnesses. This is seriously disturbed behavior. That kid is going to be on death row someday.

  2. Rob says:

    I must be really old because nothing like that could have EVER happened at any school I went to. I don’t get the kids, the parents, or the schools. I just don’t.

  3. major dad says:

    In my day, cops would have been the least of my worries.

  4. JeffS says:

    Nice to see how the educational “professionals” set their priorities.

    “Distraction” my hairy, white a$$.

  5. Yojimbo says:

    In my day, reading classes took place in the second or third grade. The mother should have stated that the kid gave the girl an aspirin or threatened her with a “gun” sketched on a piece of paper. Under those circumstances the sheriff would have been called within five minutes.

  6. Kathy Kinsley says:

    What is really scary…the person who got it all (finally) reported is NOT the mother (or father) of the victim. Where were they?

  7. grannie elbow says:

    This is one of the most disturbing things I’ve ever heard, but I’m sorry to say it’s not the most surprising. In fact it almost seems inevitable.
    Public education in the country is in big trouble.

  8. Larry says:

    So when does a school official get arrested for stonewalling the investigation, that’s what I want to know.

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