Christian education: An elite Christian school is under fire after refusing to report the repeated rape of a 12-year-old boy.
The Brentwood Academy, an elite, private Christian school in a wealthy suburb of Nashville, is accused of first allowing and then covering-up and refusing to report the repeated sexual assault of a 12-year-old boy by older school students.
The Tennessean reports:
A prestigious Williamson County private school is accused of allowing teenage boys to repeatedly sexually assault a 12-year-old boy, then downplaying the attacks and refusing to report them to authorities, according to a lawsuit seeking more than $60 million.
According to the report, four eighth-grade bullies repeatedly raped and sexually assaulted a sixth-grade student, yet school authorities did nothing, and instead advised the victim to remain silent.
The assaults are described in graphic detail in the lawsuit. The Tennessean reports:
On five separate dates during the 2014-2015 school year, four eighth-grade male students at Brentwood Academy sexually assaulted John Doe, a 6th grader, the lawsuit states.
The first incident occurred at an after-school football game party, the lawsuit says. Students at the party restrained John Doe, placing their buttocks on his face and their scrotums on or in his mouth, the lawsuit says.
On four other dates, four male student and others “conspired to engage in male on male sexual harassment, sexual assault and/or rape upon John Doe in the locker room not supervised by an adult,” according to the suit.
Raw Story also reports on some of the more outrageous details from the lawsuit:
Four male students are alleged to have “conspired to engage in male on male sexual harassment, sexual assault and/or rape upon John Doe in the locker room not supervised by an adult,” according to the lawsuit. “(The boy) would place his penis before John Doe and forcibly penetrated it into the mouth of Plaintiff John Doe without consenting claiming ‘eat it, eat it, eat it, open your mouth, accept it.’”
The same student is alleged to have bragged he “f—ed that boy up the ass and stuck a Gatorade bottle in him.”
Brentwood Academy Headmaster Curtis G. Masters allegedly told the victim to “turn the other cheek” and that, “everything in God’s kingdom happens for a reason.”
The headmaster allegedly said he considered the allegations to be “boys being boys and he could not investigate each of those and run a school.”
When the mother asked about reporting the crime to the police, the boy’s counselor said:
Reporting this may not be the best thing to do…this isn’t how Christian institutions handle these things.
Ina feeble attempt at damage control, a spokesperson for Brentwood Academy provided the following statement to Fox 17 News:
Our highest priority is the protection and safety of our students. We take any allegation involving our students very seriously. We responded immediately and fully cooperated with authorities when we became aware of concerns in 2015. It is our policy and obligation to maintain confidentiality in any legal matter. Out of respect for all parties involved, and based on the advice of our legal counsel, we are unable to discuss details at this time.
Bottom line: At Brentwood Academy, part of a good Christian education is learning to suffer in silence, while bullies torment and torture the weak.