The recent two-and-a-half hour rape, beating and robbing of a 15-year-old girl in California has begged the question why people stood around and watched it take place and took photos.Â Why didnâ€™t one person report the rape?Â At what point did it become okay to watch something like this and not think I need to tell someone so this will stop?
The parents of the 15-year-old girl made a statement yesterday through their church pastor that they do not want the violence to continue, but yet would rather that people do something constructive with their anger about this situation. They suggested volunteering, or helping a neighbor, but please just do something constructive.
The police have stated that ten people were involved in the gang rape of the 15-year-old girl, and there were at least a dozen teenagers who watched. In California, a minor is considered a person 14 and under, so the bystanders cannot be charged in any wrong doing for not reporting the incident while it occurred.
What responsibility does Richmond High School have? How far should they go to protect all students who attend their school? Who is held accountable?
Five people have been arrested so far in connection with the rape case, and another was picked up and questioned, but released due to a lack of evidence.Â Police also believe that one of the teens may have videotaped it.