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Bullied Middle School Boy Raped With Broomstick By Four Fellow Students

Yet another sick bullying case. Four Florida middle school students are under arrest for raping a 13 year-old fellow student with a broom handle and a hockey stick.
The 13-year-old boy said the bullying had been going on for months. But he didn't say anything. Not to a teacher. Not to a coach. Not to his mother. Not even when two of the bullies held him down while the other two sexually battered him with a broom handle and hockey stick, authorities say. The boys were alone in the locker room getting ready for an interscholastic flag football team practice. "That's part of this tragedy," Hillsborough County school superintendent MaryEllen Elia said Saturday. "For whatever reason, he didn't tell anyone." That changed Wednesday, she said, following an altercation between the victim and his tormenters on the flag football field at Walker Middle School on Tuesday night. The coach, noticing something unusual, pulled the boy aside. "The victim said to him, 'I'm just sick of this,' " Elia said.

The coach followed up the next morning, and had the alleged bullies meet with a female physical education teacher. The teacher instructed each of the four students to write down his version of events. Hours later, deputies from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office arrested four students: Randall John Moye, 14; Raymond A. Price-Murray, 14; Lee Louis Myers, 14; and Diemante J. Roberts, 15. The four will be charged as adults and face charges of sexual battery and false imprisonment in connection with the April 30 assault, said Assistant State Attorney Pam Bondi. They were taken to a juvenile detention center and could be there for at least 21 days, said Debbie Carter, a spokeswoman for the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
The victim has returned to class and the school is providing guidance counselors to speak to students about reporting bullying.

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