But as the investigation drags on, the shock and indignation has been tinged with an undercurrent of racial tension.
“I feel sorry for the little girl. I feel sorry for everyone involved…the city is in turmoil,” Inez Dickerson said.//
Dickerson, 68, is the great-grandmother of one of the defendants in the case. Her grandson has not been publicly identified by police because he is a minor.
Dickerson remembers when her great-grandson called to tell her the crime he’s accused of committing.
“When I got on the phone, he was crying. He said, ‘Granny, I’ve been accused of something. I’m scared,'” Dickerson said. “He’s pretty tore up about it.”
Some are having a problem with the 11 year old girl’s story because she did not tell anyone about it for like a month. But it is still what it is, if they are found guilty. Something has got to give here because this took place in Texas and it will be felony crime. As minors they will not go to the pig pen or the big pen. But will still do serious time if found guilty. But recall the other cases where white men were innocent. I hope this is not a true tale for the sheer number involved.
The four new suspects bring the total number of arrests in the case to 15.
A district spokesperson said the students will face charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child, a first-degree felony.
Their names have not been released, because Cleveland police said the suspects are minors.
Investigators say the incident occurred over the Thanksgiving holiday in an abandoned mobile home in Cleveland.
The girl reported the alleged assault to her principal’s office in early December. She told school officials she was raped by as many as 20 men and boys.
- 18 People Charged In Alleged Gang Rape Of 11-Year-Old Girl (dreamindemon.com)
- TEXAS: 18 charged in gang rape of girl, 11 (daancaanetwork.org)