On November 12th, 2010 Stephen and Sharon Endicott learned that their 13 year old daughter B.E had been gang raped by multiple high school boys ranging from 16 to 17 years old. B. E. was required to stay after school to obtain uniforms for her cheerleading team by her coach. She missed her bus, and when she went to the school office to phone her parents was told she could not use the phone there.
She then went to the gymnasium to seek a friend at basketball practice and ask for a cell phone. She called her parents to say she would get a ride home with his parents.
When she returned to the school office, she found staff members gone and the office locked. After she returned to the gymnasium, the basketball coach told her that she could not wait there.
Instead, B.E. waited outside the gymnasium, where she was confronted by the older students. They forced her into a room commonly used for sexual activity by students and then raped and physically assaulted her. She was found outside the gymnasium by her friend, who reported the incident to his mother, a nurse.
What is clear about B.E.’s case is that school officials neglected to provide a safe environment for one of their students. On September 30, 2011 the parents of B.E. filed a civil law suit for the negligence of their daughter. Within the suit is an injunction ordering the Board of Education to implement a program to guard against future student-on-student sexual assault and harassment.
Join me in this petition to support the Endicott’s case and order the Board of Education to implement programs to prevent students like B.E. from experiencing rape and sexual assault on school grounds.