In Madison, Wisconsin two students confronted another in a bathroom after the regular school day had ended on April 10th. The first two raped the third. Not to fear, however, the school district’s head of safety and security is here to put it all in perspective:
Our buildings are full of kids, and kids will be kids. As terrible and tragic as that incident sounds, I would just ask that people just be patient. Our schools are very safe but there are incidents that are going to happen from time to time [emphasis mine – cd]
Yes, that’s right. You’re in charge of safety and security and a kid gets raped on your watch. That’s not bad enough? Hand your beer to a friend and go give a press conference where you chuckle rape away. Bonus points if you are callous enough to use, word for word, the gender-neutral form of the single most reviled, bullshit excuse for avoiding accountability as if now is the time for “schools see no gender”. Even more bonus points if the name of the person with the chutzpah and toxic masculinity to laugh off the sexual assault of a child so as to make his own professional failures seem less severe is Joe Balles. No, really. I couldn’t make that up.
The local rape crisis center’s spokesperson, Missy Mael, had a different take:
Forms of sexual assault are happening in schools every single day. Not always to this extent, but the way I like to approach it is – what level of sexual assault is acceptable in a school?
Perhaps CNN can answer that question after they spend a few months bemoaning how convicted rapists don’t get to be football gods anymore.