Or at least they have insane officials.
When I heard this story on The War Room with Quinn & Rose this morning I just had to check it out for myself. And if this isn’t an argument for public funding of home-schooling (which I’m against–the public funding, not the home-schooling) then I don’t know what is. From the WarRoom website, under “Marching Orders”:
Do you know Cory Mashburn and Ryan Cornelison?
If you do, don’t approach them. Call 911 and order up a SWAT team. They’re believed to be in the vicinity of McMinnville, Ore., where they’re a clear and present danger to the community. Mashburn and Cornelison were recently charged with five counts of felony sexual abuse, and District Attorney Bradley Berry has pledged to have them registered for life as sex offenders.
Oh, by the way, the defendants are in the seventh grade.
Yes, that’s right, seventh graders are being prosecuted with sex crimes that will leave them branded for life as sex offenders. If this idiocy goes through, they can never be teachers, or a number of other professions, because they behaved like boys. They have already been cuffed, charged, and locked up in juvenile jail for five days.
You see, the seventh grade boys swatted a girl on the butt.
From The Oregonian:
The two boys tore down the hall of Patton Middle School after lunch, swatting the bottoms of girls as they ran — what some kids later said was a common form of greeting.
But bottom-slapping is against policy in McMinnville Public Schools. So a teacher’s aide sent the gawky seventh-graders to the office, where the vice principal and a police officer stationed at the school soon interrogated them.
Why has this gone so far? Because of yet one more idiot prosecutor. With the furor over the Genarlow Wilson case (where at least some sexual contact was involved), and the disgrace of Nifong’s zealotry in prosecuting a case in which he had evidence of innocence, you’d think prosecutors would take a step back and examine what they’re doing more closely. Hardly so:
Bradley Berry, the McMinnville district attorney, said his office “aggressively” pursues sex crimes that involve children. “These cases are devastating to children,” he said. “They are life-altering cases.”
True enough, when there’s a sex crime involved. Key words there: 1) SEX 2) CRIME. I see neither. This could’ve been dealt with administratively.
But the mother of one of the girls charged has her panties in a bunch (here come a lawsuit against me for stating an opinion!) and thinks the charges are justified. Unbelieveable:
To Rhonda Pope, mother of Christian Richter, 13, a girl named in the court papers as one of the victims, the charges are justified. “Slapping somebody on the butt is sexual harassment, and it is a crime,” she said. “Considering what was going on and that my daughter was offended, it is a crime. And it’s not OK.”
You see, Rhonda, the first problem is that you have a daughter with a boy’s first name. She’s going to get picked on, and that’s partly your fault for naming her “Christian.”
The other problem, however, is that “butt-slap day” had become a common occurrance in the class and was never nipped in the bud (oh, no, more innuendo!) by the teachers and administrators early on. That’s a tacit endorsement of the behavior. Don’t you watch Supernanny?
Several girls told Roache and Tillery the boys had swatted their behinds on what they declared to be “slap butt day,” according to the first police report. Some girls told police they did not like it and had asked the boys to stop. But a follow-up report filed four days later by Roache makes the situation seem much foggier. . .
All told, Roache interviewed 14 students besides Cornelison and Mashburn. Seven confessed to bottom-swatting, including one girl who described it as “a handshake we do.” Two of the alleged victims said they had swatted boys’ buttocks themselves.
So why are the girls not being prosecuted as well? We can’t keep real sex offenders in jail for life because “we don’t have the room,” but we have the room for this?!?!
Is the complete insanity of this whole situation not as clear to you as it is to me? I admit, I’m biased, as I like a good spanking once in a while, ha ha, but seriously what are these people thinking? Read the whole Oregonian article and you’ll just get mad. Two twelve year old boys who are participating in mere schoolyard horseplay don’t deserve to be cuffed, shackled, put in orange jumpsuits, made to serve 5 days in kiddie jail, told by the judge to not contact their friends and that any deviation would result in addional jail time, and left to the mercy of a psychopathic prosecutor with no sense of porportion.
Do something about it. Help if you can, before we become Russia.
Donations to the boys’ legal defense fund can be made here:
TO DONATE MONEY TO THE BOYS LEGAL DEFENSE FUND EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have a Wells Fargo account, you can contact the Wells Fargo bank in McMinnville, OR 503-474-3501 and make a direct deposit to the Cory Mashburn and Ryan Cornelison Defense Fund, the account number is 8785915359
If you don’t have Wells Fargo account, you can mail a check to the Cory Mashburn and Ryan Cornelison Defense Fund:
Wells Fargo Bank
1335 NE BAKER ST
MCMINNVILLE, OR 97128
Lawrence Law Firm
235 NE 3rd St. Suite #1
McMinnville, OR 97128
And if you live in Oregon, contact these dirty rotten sonsabitches and tell them they are done.
District Attorney Bradley Berry
Police Chief Ron Noble (bad police officer Roach)
Mayor Ed Gormley