A Homecoming dance is supposed to be a memorable experience. It's a young person's first opportunity to participate in a formal dance atmosphere. More or less a practice run for when they eventually have their junior and/or senior proms. Just ask all of the FB parents that have been flooding the updates the past few weeks with pics of their shorties going to their Homecomings. It's supposed to be memorable in a good way. Not the traumatizing experience that happened to a 15-year-old at Richmond High School in California.
By now, I'm sure most of you have already heard the story. It's been plastered on the news pages for the past week. A 15-year-old girl left her Homecoming dance with a "friend" and ended up getting gang-raped in an alley. For over two and a half hours. While up to 2o people stood there and watched. Some of them even participating.
The story is disturbing on so many levels that I almost don't know where to start. Let's address the most obvious which was the blatant lack of security. I've been reading on some other sites from people who are familiar with the area that it was rather hood-ish. There was security but they were allowing folks on the school premises who weren't even students. Furthermore, they apparently weren't patrolling the perimeter very effectively if this went on so close to the school and none of them ever discovered the criminal act. Obvious Bungles recipients for that reason.
Then there is the crowd of students who all sat there watching. They don't specify, but I'm willing to bet they were all males. Contrary to what some people have insinuated, I'm pretty certain the reason none of them didn't report anything did not have anything to do with them fearing retribution for snitching. These were a bunch of boys with raging hormones who wanted to see a movie scene acted out in real life. So much so that some of them even participated. A big Bungles recognition to all of them for that.
Then there was the "friend" of the rape victim who came forward and slammed the school for allowing it to happen. Kami Baker claims they went looking for their friend when she disappeared and were shocked when they discovered what happened. They must not have been looking very hard. It's not like she was blocks away. She was only in an alley right next to the school. What kind of searching could her friends possibly have done in two and half hours? If they had tried a little harder, they could have found her and possibly prevented at least some of the act from occurring, if not all of it. Sorry Kami, but you and your "friends" that were supposedly so worried get a little Bungles acknowledgment of your own because of that action.
Naturally, the school itself is the biggest Bungles at all in this whole incident. They did the right thing initially by having the Homecoming dance at the school which should have been an environment that was easy to control. However, they should have made sure that security was accurately doing their job. They should have made sure that non-students weren't lingering around the campus. The students that were there should have been able to count on being safe on and around the premises. They deserve any and all type of civil action that will eventually be presented against them.
You're probably wondering how I could possibly omit the offenders, huh? I definitely am not. Every single one of those criminals should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. And every one of them should be tried as adults. The horrendous act they committed far exceeds any type of Bungles acknowledgment. It was inexcusable barbaric behavior that no one should ever have to be exposed to. May every single one of them receive the same consequences when they land in whatever penal institution lucky enough to have them.