Archive for Thursday, November 18, 2004

Bullying incident at BHS reported to Baldwin police

November 18, 2004

It wasn't a typical physical fight, but an altercation between a few Baldwin High School boys was serious enough a parent reported it to school officials and police.

Police Chief Mike McKenna said a parent of a 14-year-old BHS student reported to Baldwin police Saturday that the student had been in an altercation earlier in the week on school grounds that had been sexual in nature.

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"Their son had his face rubbed in the groin area of another student," McKenna said. "It was done forcibly against his will."

He said another 14-year-old boy allegedly forced the student's head into his groin area shortly after school on Nov. 10. Then two other 14-year-old students, he said, allegedly kicked the sides of the victim repeatedly. He said the student wasn't seriously physically injured.

"This is an act of bullying," McKenna said. "An act of this nature should be taken very seriously."

He said the case will be forwarded to the Douglas County District Attorney's office to determine whether charges are warranted.

BHS Assistant Principal Bret Jones said he couldn't comment about the students, but said appropriate actions had been taken.

"We dealt with the situation," he said.

This is the second incident in a matter of two weeks where police reports have been filed as a result of actions at the high school. On Nov. 2, a gathering at the BHS parking lot following a playoff football game escalated into an egg fight, which eventually led to a shotgun being pulled out of a truck by a BHS student.

Although McKenna said that student had been suspended, school administrators won't comment on how long that might be or any other measures taken as a result of the incident. The matter has also been turned over to the District Attorney's office by Baldwin police for possible criminal charges.

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