The Daily News gives us a chilling report that K.J., a 15 year-old girl with an IQ of less than 60, was gang-raped in class by her special school classmates while the teacher(s) did nothing (Daily News says “teachers,” Daily Mail Online says “teacher.” ). The school in question is the Martin De Porres Academy in Elmont, New York. The administration say that the teacher (not teachers?) had been fired immediately, but that the assailants will not be charged.
Other relevant data summarized in the Daily Mail Online article:
- Though the girl told a school social worker the next day, school officials failed to report the crime.
- K.J. has an IQ of 60 and was sent to De Porres by city.
- She was the only girl in her class of 13 boys.
- Her alleged attackers all had known ‘violent propensities’ and are residents of Casa De La Salle, a home for juvenile delinquents.
- K.J.’s mother said she was powerless to get her daughter transferred immediately, and as a result the girl was bullied for months.
- In December, school officials put her (i.e. K.J.) in a room with one of the boys who had been sexually harassing her and admonished them to ‘discuss their issues.’ K.J. left that classroom with a gash over her right eye.
This is a thing beyond horrible, and I can only hope that there is a special part of hell reserved for abusers of the helpless. But here are some questions that were not answered, and perhaps not even asked:
- Shouldn’t the school social worker who failed to report the crime, or for that matter anyone else in the chain of command who may have been informed by the social worker, be fired as well?
- Who in the city sent K.J. to that school, into that environment?
- Exactly why was K.J. placed in a classroom with 13 teenage delinquent boys with “known propensities toward violence?”
- Why won’t the assailants be charged?
- Was there a teacher, or were there teachers, in the classroom? If only one, for heaven’s sake why? Even ordinary classrooms often have assistants.
- Why did the teacher do nothing? Could it be that, in that maelstrom of teenage violence, he/she feared for his/her own life? Or could it be that the teacher didn’t intervene because any such intervention must have involved knocking some teen heads together, and he/she rightly feared the politically correct hurricane that was sure to follow such a violation of the assailants’ “rights?”
- How would making a retarded girl “discuss the issues” with her delinquent, violent assailant make things any better? Who was the dazzling intellect behind that decision?
- If any the above is true, why won’t any (or preferably all) of the school administrators be sacked?
I await the answers, but I am not holding my breath. Likewise, I don’t expect any useful lessons learned from this incident, even though many expensive consultants will likely be hired to run focus groups, discussion groups, grief groups and other useless evolutions that will concentrate on endless jawing and righteous gnashing of teeth, but not on genuine problem-solving.