This is downright disturbing and horrifying.
It's the best way to describe a trio of white high school football players in Idaho allegedly using a coat hanger to rape a mentally disabled Black teammate while blasting him with racism before and during the heinous act.
The Washington Post is reporting that the family of the 18-year-old victim, whose name hasn't been published, is suing Dietrich High School in Idaho for $10 million following the horrific incident, which took place inside the school's locker room last October.
According to the Post, the boy was tricked into giving a hug to one of his teammates and then he was restrained by one teammate and had a coat hanger thrust into his rectum by another, with a third teammate kicking the hanger several times.
"I screamed," the boy said while testifying last month, as reported by MagicValley.com. "I was pretty upset bad. A little betrayed and confused at the same time. It was terrible — a pain I've never felt."
After months of investigation, Idaho's state Attorney General's office slapped sexual-assault charges against the victim's three teenage attackers — two of which are being charged as adults and potentially could face life behind bars under the state's laws.
According to a portion of the lawsuit obtained by the Post, the 18-year-old was also the victim of racial attacks:
"[He] was taunted and called racist names by other members of the team which names included 'Kool-Aid', 'chicken eater', 'watermelon' and [the N-word]."
The civil lawsuit also alleges that one of the three white students charged, John R.K. Howard, prominently displayed a Confederate flag and forced the victim to recite a racist song called "Notorious KKK" set to the sounds of a Notorious B.I.G. track. Disgusting.
The frequent abuse, according to the lawsuit, also included Howard and his teammates alleged “aggressive ‘humping’, jumping on him from the back and simulating anal sex.” They also allegedly stripped the victim of his clothes, gave him wedgies and took naked photographs of him while in the school's locker room.
As if all of this wasn't deplorable enough, the lawsuit also claims that the school's officials and coaches didn't bother stopping the racial and physical assaults toward the boy. Instead, the suit alleges that Dietrich football coaches actually encouraged players to fight the boy, enabling a bigger student to beat the victim into unconsciousness while other students shouted racial slurs.
If this trio of players carried out these horrific crimes, we sincerely hope they get what's coming to them.
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