H.S.: Silsbee High School’s Cheerleader (Photos, Video)

October 22, 2010

A girl we know only as H.S. is the Cheerleader from Silsbee High School in Texas who was allegedly raped by three other students, she was kicked out of the cheerleading squad after she refused to cheer for one of the team’s player who is also one of the the three students who allegedly raped her. Keep reading to know more about this shocking story, find out more about her, speak your mind about this case, don’t forget our video and just to clarify that none of these cheerleaders pictured are H.S. nor from Silsbee.

When you think about a teenage girl with the shocking revelations that she was raped not just by one fellow student but by three, you expect the school to kick them out of the school and help her if she decides to press charges, get her psychological help, but that was not what Silsbee High School did for one of their students who went through this terrible experience.

Our girl has only been identified as H.S. She is a 16 year old student and a member of her school’s cheerleading squad at Silsbee High School who on October 19, 2008 went to an after game party where her fellow student and Silsbee’s athlete star that she allegedly identified as Rakheen Bolton, Christian Rountree a former athlete at the school and another teenager pushed her into a room, locked the door and the three of them sexually assaulted her, they stopped when someone was pushing to get inside the room, so they jumped out of a window, everything went so fast that one even jumped without his clothes, that guy was Rakheen Jamal Bolton, who realized the terrible mistake he had done and that was not the raping of H.S., but that he left his clothes behind and demanded them, but his demand was not well received and his clothes were not returned even less when he allegedly threatened to shoot them.

H.S. pressed charges against her attackers, in January 2009 a grand jury decided that due to lack of evidence and alleged evident under age drinking they were not going to file charges against Bolton (17), Rountree (19) at the time and the other boy who was 16, could go back to his football team.

After that the school told H.S. to keep a low profile, stay away from the cafeteria, parties and other stuff that might get too much attention which might as well include cheerleading, but why? H.S. and her family decided she wasn’t going to do what she was told to, Zero, Nada she had nothing to be ashamed of, but those guys.

When she was cheering for the football team, she would do it with laughter, energy and the best she could, but she was not going to cheer for Bolton even less when she was supposed to scream his name on February 27, 2009 when it was his turn to shoot free throws, so what was she told – if she didn’t she was off the team, she didn’t cheer so they decided to kick H.S. off the team on March 4, 2009.

Her family was not going to stand by and see their daughter suffer even more when her attackers received all the glory so they sued Silsbee High for kicking her out, restraining her from her freedom of speech, but the case was dismissed for this absurd reason:

“In her capacity as cheerleader, [she] served as a mouthpiece through which the school could disseminate speech–namely, support for its athletic teams.” Not cheering for Bolton “constituted substantial interference with the work of the school because, as a cheerleader, [she] was at the football game for the purpose of cheering, a position she undertook voluntarily.”

The grand jury reopened H.S.’ case and this time both athletes were charged of sexually assaulting her, that is a second degree felony that could mean 20 years in jail for both, Bolton 18 at the time, no charges were filed on the 16 year old juvenile, he said he didn’t do it and got out after paying a $250,000 bail.

In September, 2010 Mr. Bolton now 19 pleaded guilty to a lesser of Class A Assault at the Hardin County Jail where Judge Joe Bob Golden sentenced him to one year in jail, but he was not done just after that the sentence was changed to two years probation, anger management classes, 150 hours of community service, statutory conditions of probation and $2,500 fine. If he missed any of those and he would be in jail for a year. The case is filed as pending for the other guy Rountree. He was interviewed afterward and had the courage to say that he had no hard feelings toward H.S. Is he freaking kidding??

“I have no hard feelings toward the girl, It was a misunderstanding He said,

Didn’t he just plead guilty, where was the misunderstanding?

Now it is H.S.’ father who we know as C.S., who has filed a lawsuit against the school where they will come up with a better implementation in cases concerning sexual assault. His concern are the other girls who like H.S. can be a victim not just of her attacker but of her school, He is getting ready for a second lawsuit against the school on Title IX (of the Education Amendments of 1972, which states “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance…—United States Code Section 20″). The first demand received support from all over the nation who unlike him do have hard feelings towards all the individuals and the school. H.S is now starting college moving on with her life and we wish her the best of luck, her sister moved to another school after her graduation, her momma is a teacher and C.S is trying to get onto Silsbee’s board. He continues to do research about kids and teenagers who had been victims of sexual assault.

“I look at my kid and say ‘Wow, she’s my 15-year-old kid, and she’s my hero.’ She’s so strong and determined, beat down but fighting back. She could have given up and quit fighting, but she didn’t do that. It took me a long time to get to a point where I can say ‘We’re not going to undo it. We’re not going to change it. We can only try to stop it from happening again”

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