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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

UPDATE: Boy, 7, says pair forced sex while on bus

UPDATE: The Detriot News Has a More Detailed Report

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The school administrators refuse to allow Bible Study's to meet during school hours, tell students they are nothing more than hairless apes with a will to power, explain how to perform oral and anal sex in school, hang Gay Pride flags, take them away from their parents for eleven hours a day or more, advocate in every class a philosophy of determinism, naturalism, and the shameless, wanton pursuit of pleasure, and then lock them in the bus for two hours, and they wonder why the unspeakable happens.

In the good, sweet, Hometown, USA of Howell, Michigan, thousands of parents open up their papers this morning after sending their children off to school, and they must wonder what will happen to their children today.

Dear God, I pray-- help us all.


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By Lisa Roose-Church
DAILY PRESS & ARGUS

Two Howell elementary school boys — ages 9 and 11 — have been charged with criminal sexual conduct for allegedly making a 7-year-old boy perform oral sex while on a school bus last May.

The father of the 11-year-old boy, however, said his son merely witnessed the attacks and was himself a victim of a similar attempted sexual assault by the 9-year-old. He questioned the safety of students on Howell buses.

"We take it for granted our children are safe," the 38-year-old father said Monday. "We're worried about predators coming up to the bus stop, not being on the bus. How can you think our children are safe? The school should be accountable for what happens on the bus."

The Daily Press & Argus is not identifying any of the children because of their age and the sexual nature of the allegations.

Although the events happened at the end of the prior school year, Superintendent Chuck Breiner said he just learned of the alleged sexual assaults on Monday when the 11-year-old boy's father called him to inquire about why his son was questioned by the school principal and a police officer without his knowledge.

Breiner said the district is working to correct why the incident was not immediately reported through the usual chain of command.

"It was turned over to police in a quick and fluid way," Breiner said. "The assumption inside the organization was once police had it, it was outside our area."

Police reports indicate that the 7-year-old reported that on several occasions he was forced to perform a sex act on the 9-year-old boy. The incidents are alleged to have taken place toward the end of the after-school bus route when there were few students on the bus.

School buses have cameras but a video tape is inconclusive, said Breiner.

"The transportation office indicates that a review of the tape does not conclude any sexual assault occurred," he said.

The police report, however, says that from the tape "one can make the assumption" that one boy forces the another's head into his lap. In a second incident, police conclude the 11-year-old "is involved trying to conceal the act."

Juvenile court records indicate the 9- and 11-year-old boys are each charged with first- and second-degree criminal sexual conduct. First-degree CSC, which means penetration, is a felony that for adults carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

The two older boys are also charged with gross indecency between males.

If convicted as charged, both boys also would have to register as sex offenders for life.

The older boy has said he witnessed what happened on the bus, but did not participate. He said all he did was urinate in a bottle because the 90-minute bus ride home was too long to wait to use the bathroom. He said he told police that the other boy committed the sex act.

A police report states the older boy admitted to participating in a sex act.

The incident came to the attention of adults in late May, when the 7-year-old's father caught him attempting to simulate a sex act with his brother in the bathroom of their home.

The boy eventually told police that a 9-year-old forced him to perform the act on the school bus.

Prosecutors initially charged the 7-year-old for the attempted act upon his brother, but those charges were dismissed in juvenile court on Friday.

The 9-year-old boy's mother has refused to allow police to interview her child.

The 11-year-old boy has been withdrawn from Howell schools by his father. The two younger boys are still attending school but are not riding the same bus, Breiner said.

School board President Phil Westmoreland did not learn of the incidents until Monday when he was contacted by reporters.

"The school does what it can to protect its students," he said.

Breiner agreed, noting that safety is of importance and is achieved by having professionally licensed drivers who are vigilant in monitoring student behavior.

He also said that the height of school bus seats, which are designed that way for safety in the event of a crash, can hinder the effectiveness of video surveillance cameras.

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