Montgomery County basketball players charged with assault

By: Sherelle Roberts Email
By: Sherelle Roberts Email

Some Montgomery County middle school basketball players are facing criminal charges for hazing.

School authorities say several boys are facing assault charges for allegedly roughing up fellow students.

Police launched their investigation into possible hazing at McNabb Middle School last Wednesday after a concerned parent claimed her child fell victim to bullies who tried to sexually assault her son with a soda bottle.

School officials immediately suspended the basketball players for three games--but the young men will not be kicked off the team.


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  • by MG on Nov 20, 2009 at 01:33 PM
    Debbie: If u consider carrying the water jug and equipment(which someone had to do) slavery, then you need to get out more. And I did not condone what happened here at all if you actually read what I posted. What these kids did was clearly some sort of abuse. The media just throws out the term "hazing" to freely and people include way to much into it.
  • by Bullies Location: Mt.Sterling on Nov 20, 2009 at 01:03 PM
    Bullying is a Mt.Sterling tradition. This is not new,how many of you out there went to McNabb or MCHS and suffered at the hands of bullies while the school did nothing? Don't let them silence you anymore,tell your story.
  • by Concerned Location: Pikeville on Nov 20, 2009 at 12:19 PM
    So in Prestonsburg two kids go to jail for smoke bombs and these abusers get a 3 game suspension??? I don't get it. I'm so glad I don't live in Montgomery County!!
  • by Concerned Neighbor Location: Georgetown, KY on Nov 20, 2009 at 12:16 PM
    We have to make sure our walk and our talk match! It’s time to take a stand for our future leaders (which are your children and mine)! We need to protect our children from something else like this happening in the future. Parents, we need to take this to another level!
  • by Concerned Neighbor Location: Georgetown, KY on Nov 20, 2009 at 12:15 PM
    For the school system, the superintendent to be exact, to say that “they will not do this again,” let’s me know that they are not looking out for the welfare of all children. The school system says, “oh, let’s not hurt the career of these young men,” but you’re saying it’s okay to destroy the self-image and self-dignity of those young men that fell victimized. Common on parents! Can we afford to let this happen to our children? We, as adults, are considered the decision makers in our children’s eyes. When we stand up and call wrong right, is that letting our children know what’s right? When we put our blinders on to reality, how can we expect them to see and react in an appropriate way? What do you see going on in this incident? We are basically telling our kids do whatever you feel like, and it’s okay! We are not teaching or telling our kids right from wrong.
  • by Concerned Neighbor Location: Georgetown, KY on Nov 20, 2009 at 12:12 PM
    This is a serious matter! It needs to be handled as such; not with a slap on the wrist or being expelled from 3 games or practices. This is a criminal act! These young men broke the law! These young men willfully violated the rights of other young men and deserve the appropriate punishment. Sexual assault is defined by law as sexualized contact (sometimes referred to as carnal knowledge) with another person without consent and by force (compulsion). Victims of sexual assault can be compelled or forced to participate through fear, physical force, deception, other forms of coercion, or the use of intoxicants such as alcohol and drugs. Some forms of sexual assault do not require the use of force but are still considered criminal. Sexual assault has taken place if sexual contact has happened that has not been consented to in a conscious and voluntary way.
  • by I know Location: Mt.Sterling on Nov 20, 2009 at 10:40 AM
    People are starting to wake up and see what Mt.Sterling is really like. That "Small Town Life" lie makes me sick. The incidents at McNabb are just a symptom of a bigger problem-DRUGS! If someone would DO something about the drug problem here our kids would be safe. Were the players tested for drugs? I doubt it. I encourage people to blog about this place and expose everything. Time to pay the piper,Mt. Sterling!
  • by Debbie Location: Ky on Nov 20, 2009 at 09:57 AM
    To MG WHAT YOU WROTE MAKES ME SICK TO MY STOMACH- SLAVERY DAYS ARE OVER- WHAT MAKES YOU THINK THAT PLAYING THE SENIORITY CARD( AS YOU CALL IT) IS OKAY? TO MAKE OTHER STUDENTS DO WHATEVER YOU WANT- IT MAKES NO DIFFERENCE IF YOUR ON THE SPORTS TEAM OR NOT THEY ARE STILL HUMAN BEINGS WITH FEELINGS AND THIS IS VERY DEGRADING...I DON'T KNOW IF MG HAS KIDS OR NOT BUT IF HE DOES OR IF HE EVER HE DOES I DOUBT HE WOULD TALK THIS WAY IF SOMEONE DID SOMETHING LIKE THIS TO THEM-OR AT LEAST I WOULD HOPE HE WOULDN'T!!!!
  • by concerned Location: Ky on Nov 19, 2009 at 09:32 PM
    I have a son that goes to this school and let me tell you it is horrible what happened to those students but my son has experienced students hitting him and spitting in his face and nothing was done. Im pulling my child from this school and i think others should consider this too. I wonder what they would do if parents banned together and pulled their children, I wonder if Mr. Freeman would like to drink some urine and have a gatorade bottle up his butt, I'm guessing he wouldnt but you never know. Check the history of this school and the incidents, well the ones that they havent hidden. This is a discrace. My child in elementary will never enter this school. Parents work hard to make sure their kids are able to participate in a sport and mind you its not cheap. What can we do to protect our children?
  • by Another Concerned Parent Location: Ky on Nov 19, 2009 at 08:41 PM
    Nobody has mentioned a coach in any story or comment. Where was the coach when someone was made to drink urine? I cannot believe this happened quietly. Where was the coach when sexual assault involving multiple students? Now you have to know this was NOT a brief or quiet incident! It seems to me the coach or coaches, while not expected to be in the locker room every minute, should at least remain within earshot of the athletes for whom they are responsible. Apparently there was plenty of tension, taunting, etc. from the older students toward the sixth graders. It would seem obvious to any competent educator that at least minimal oversight of the students was required. Thus, in my opinion, the coach and any assistant coaches is/are guilty of criminal negligence and should be charged with such!! One could make a strong case for charging Freeman and the board members with criminal negligence since they were aware of prior problems and did nothing to prevent harm to students.

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