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Signs Posted in Oregon High School Accuse Male Students of Sexual Assault

Signs Posted in Oregon High School Accuse Male Students of Sexual Assault

“if it’s possibly not true it could be damaging to a person”

http://www.kptv.com/clip/14313348/signs-posted-in-grant-high-school-bathrooms-accusing-students-of-sexual-assault

Signs were recently posted in hallways and bathrooms at Grant High School in Oregon which read “trigger warning: sexual assault” then the word “BEWARE” followed by the names of five male students.

This story is an example of the perpetuation of “rape culture” we have often covered on college campuses. Now it’s trickling down to high schools, apparently.

FOX 12 in Oregon reports:

Signs posted in Grant High School bathrooms accusing students of sexual assault

Last week, the names of five boys who go to Grant High School were anonymously posted on signs in the school bathrooms accusing them of sexual assault.

The signs say “BEWARE” above the students’ names, and encourage classmates to add more names to the list of “sexual predators in the hallways.”

FOX 12 obtained a photo of the sign circulating on social media from a student, who did not want to be named.

Portland Public Schools Director of Strategic Communications and Outreach Harry Esteve said the incident is concerning.

Parents received an email from Grant administrators Friday saying in part, “These signs – singling out members of our community – make many students, not just those listed, feel unsafe at school.”

“I feel like the fact that it’s on a list is important, but it’s also easy to attack people and if it’s possibly not true it could be damaging to a person,” said one student who did not want to be named.

All the students FOX 12 spoke with said they sympathize with their classmates who posted the signs. However, they said their method of speaking out could have been different.

Willamette Week has more on what led to this:

When administrators found out about the signs, they quickly removed them and sent an email to parents on Friday afternoon.

“It has come to our attention that signs were posted in some of our restrooms making accusations of a very serious nature against specific students, by name,” administrators wrote in an email sent by the principal’s secretary, Susan Davis. “These signs were also photographed and then distributed via social media posts. As an administrative team, we work to ensure all students feel safe at Grant High School. These signs—singling out members of our community—make many students, not just those listed, feel unsafe at school.”

The signs created by students mark a new approach by students who feel that Portland Public Schools has not done enough to protect them from sexual violence committed by their classmates.

That backlash emerged last year at Cleveland High School where, The Oregonian reported, administrators did little to address rape and harassment allegations, saying the district’s policies prevented them from doing more. Last year, students demanded PPS adopt better policies for handling allegations of sexual assault, including crafting a clear process for investigating allegations and empowering the Title IX coordinator to do more to oversee such investigations.

But school administrators were alarmed last week by the actions of Grant students—which named people as sexual predators who have never been charged with a crime.

That’s the whole point. The accused students haven’t been charged with any crime. This is rape culture activism with absolutely no due process.

As I said, we’ve seen this on college campuses. In February, I wrote about a similar incident at Middlebury College:

Middlebury Student Faces Expulsion for Publishing List of Alleged Campus Sexual Assaulters

The list she published had no evidence and was created through crowd sourcing. What a dumb decision.

The College Fix reports:

Student faces expulsion after publishing evidence-free list of alleged campus sexual assaulters

A student at Middlebury College says she’s facing expulsion after publishing a crowd-sourced list of reputed sexual assaulters under the banner of “Men to Avoid.”

The list, posted to Facebook in December under the “friends of friends” privacy setting, offered no evidence to back claims that included emotional abuse, sexual harassment, sexual assault and rape by students at the Vermont private college.

Middlebury senior Elizabeth Dunn posted the list in order to “move toward a conversation” about sexual assault that was inspired by the #MeToo movement, she told Vermont alternative weekly Seven Days.

While the post originally began as a lone accusation against a man who had allegedly assaulted Dunn several years earlier, Dunn invited readers to “dm [direct message] me more names to add to this status.”

Featured image via KPTV video.

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I cannot imagine being a young man wishing to date a young woman these days. If you have a fight or argument with a young woman you are dating you are at a high risk of being accused of being a sexual predator or rapist or any of the other claims that are flying around. And then you are guilty because you are a male.

The left is systematically destroying everything it touches. It is becoming criminal just to be a male these days. If you are white you are under attack. Public opinion is all that is needed to destroy your life, even if you never get a day in court.

In so many organizations if you are white and male they don’t really want you working for them anymore, as you are not diverse enough for them. Soon that will trickle down to white women.

Is it any wonder why sex-bots are becoming more prevalent? Though even the sex-bots will probably have some programming in them to have them triggered to join the #MeToo crowd.

    mrtoad21 in reply to oldgoat36. | May 3, 2018 at 10:18 am

    It looks like Grant High School and the Portland Public Schools are going to have to budget for a helluva legal bill.

      The Friendly Grizzly in reply to mrtoad21. | May 3, 2018 at 11:07 am

      I sincerely hope that is so.

      Subotai Bahadur in reply to mrtoad21. | May 3, 2018 at 12:06 pm

      Any suit would have to go through courts in Portland, and up through the Oregon state courts. There is absolutely no chance of anything that contradicts the Leftist narrative getting through those courts.

        Tom Servo in reply to Subotai Bahadur. | May 3, 2018 at 12:53 pm

        This kind of thing has happened in other places before, and I have long thought that the absolute best way to deal with it is for a “concerned” person to put up flyers with the exact same message, but with pictures of 5 of the top school administrators and/or teaching staff on them.

        All posters of this kind would very quickly be disappeared by the school. And of course, keep putting them up until the school realizes (which once it touched them personally, would take about 5 minutes) that ALL posters of this kind need to be banned.

        It would have to be done anonymously, of course. But most effective tactics in enemy territory do, these days.

          Milhouse in reply to Tom Servo. | May 3, 2018 at 8:42 pm

          Did you bother reading the story? How are the school administrators or teachers responsible for this? And how would doing the same thing to them help? What more could they do then that they haven’t done now?

          mathewsjw in reply to Tom Servo. | May 3, 2018 at 9:54 pm

          Grant HS did not take the signs down until after it was national news. Grant HS knows and did not punish nor turn over the posters to law enforcement.. which implies support for a SJW crusade against 5 teenage boys.. so no due process at Grant HS

          Milhouse in reply to Tom Servo. | May 4, 2018 at 9:30 am

          mathewsjw, WTH are you talking about? (1) They took the signs down as soon as they knew about them; (2) They do not know who posted them; (3) Law enforcement?! What crime did they commit?

      CountMontyC in reply to mrtoad21. | May 3, 2018 at 1:31 pm

      Oregon places limits on how much an individual can receive in compensation when suing public agencies. I believe it is $500,000 in non-compensatory damages

        mathewsjw in reply to CountMontyC. | May 3, 2018 at 9:58 pm

        actually not limit but there’s a bill to cap it at $500,000 regardless of the actual damages soon to be passed..again the last attempt to limit to $500,000 was thrown out as unconstitutional in about 1999.. but am no expert.. post a source if different

      Milhouse in reply to mrtoad21. | May 3, 2018 at 8:39 pm

      Um, what could they be sued for? As soon as they became aware of the signs they took them down and denounced them. What more do you think they were legally required to do?

    JusticeDelivered in reply to oldgoat36. | May 3, 2018 at 10:24 am

    I have long felt sorry for young people today, in that when I was young, penicillin would cure anything which aliled you. Today incurable STD is a significant risk. But now we have MeToo, and I know from painful personal experience that at least some of the women I had relationships with would go apeshit crazy when they were mad. I only made the mistake once of being involved with an employee (I was single), where if she was mad she was nasty to customers and other staff. I found another job for her, with a company which I did not run. That was in the early seventies, and I never made that mistake again.

    Valerie in reply to oldgoat36. | May 3, 2018 at 10:31 am

    This happened to one of my kids. The girls was in and out of a relationship with another guy and his story is she said this in a phase when she was getting back with the other guy. My son was vehement that there was consent, and considering his level of social awareness, I do not think he could have mistaken awkward silence for consent.

    Instead of telling the police, she told all of their mutual friends, and he was ostracized. He was eventually hospitalized for suicidal ideation. He’s past it now, has a real girlfriend and a good job, not to mention a degree. He did change his major, and I believe this ugly incident may have been a contributing factor.

    Sexual assault, or rape, is a crime. If a young woman has been abused, she needs to report it right away, and pursue it with the police. Making a serious, false or anonymous accusation is also a crime.

      scfanjl in reply to Valerie. | May 3, 2018 at 2:05 pm

      Thank you for sharing, Valerie. I can’t imagine what you went through. I have 2 sons, 20 & 18. I also have a young daughter, 14 who is black.

      I am so angry at our inverted country right now. And commenters even sometimes here are rude, nasty, foul-mouthed, and unloving. I am sorry that was a response to you.

      There are more of us than them.

        Valerie in reply to scfanjl. | May 4, 2018 at 12:50 am

        Thank you. Adults who fill gullible kids full of bad ideas and lousy logic can do real harm. It’s to us to put a stop to their nonsense. We can do this.

    YellowGrifterInChief in reply to oldgoat36. | May 3, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    You sure do feel sorry for yourself. Why don’t you just try try a little empathy? Would you really prefer to be reincarnated as a poor, black, girl? It really isn’t so bad for white guys, but you just may be subject to an injustice now and again. Do you really think there weren’t any injustices in the ‘good old days’?

    I expect most kids manage to have a dating life without any major incidents. Undoubtedly, there are sexual assaults and false accusations.

    We simply don’t have enough information to judge what really happened. The original article does mention that there have been complaints that these kind of allegations were not taken seriously by the police or school authorities. I am sure that this will, now, be the subject of a serious investigation.

    Save the outrage until we know who the real victims are. There are comments, here, about what the boys should do in retribution. Maybe what the girls did was take matters into their own hands.

      stevewhitemd in reply to YellowGrifterInChief. | May 3, 2018 at 12:11 pm

      So what’s your point — it’s okay to have new victims because other people were victimized in the past? Turn about is fair play? Eye for an eye?

      Why don’t you explain to us why posting accusations without proof on a bathroom wall or the internet is an okay thing.

        YellowGrifterInChief in reply to stevewhitemd. | May 3, 2018 at 2:11 pm

        So what’s your point

        Nothing you suggested – which is part of the problem. My point was that if an older white male didn’t recognize injustice until he personally felt it, then its high time he did (recognize the problem).

        Your question demonstrates that you don’t get it. Did you really think the world was fair when white guys, coincidentally, got the best of everything?

        __________________________________________________________

        I do not think it is OK unless one has gone through channels or has seen others go through channels and not receive fair treatment.

        It is virtually impossible that the authors will remain anonymous in a school. If this is what it took to force a thorough examination, then so be it.

        In Afghanistan it takes 4 witnesses for a woman to prove rape. The accused can ‘marry’ the victim to expunge the crime. If girls & women in this country have decided to fight back, get used to it.

        It is simply a fact that there has always been injustice. Unfortunately for white guys, they can now be the victims. Do I celebrate it? No. But perhaps it is necessary if we are ever going to get to fairness.

          stevewhitemd in reply to YellowGrifterInChief. | May 3, 2018 at 8:47 pm

          Except your point was superfluous, because none of the “old white guys” here (I am one of those but I don’t know the identity of other posters here) didn’t make any such claim.

          Yours appears to be a world in which “old white guys” lived in bliss, free of accusation and blame, perception and understanding, justice and responsibility, until just now. Perhaps you need to reach us to a few more of us “old white guys” so that we can explain to you how the world actually was in our time.

          YellowGrifterInChief in reply to YellowGrifterInChief. | May 3, 2018 at 10:50 pm

          @stevewhitemd Don’t think you lived in bliss and I know there was plenty of accusation and blame, little understanding or justice – certainly not for anyone but white guys.

          I know how the world was and that is why I can be certain that Trump has no chance of making America great. He has always been part of the problem.

          The point is, was and will remain that the monopoly on power that white guys had is not coming back. It is inevitable.

          YellowGrifterInChief in reply to YellowGrifterInChief. | May 3, 2018 at 11:12 pm

          @stevewhitemd Let me be clearer so you can’t intentionally or otherwise misinterpret.

          I don’t think white guys had it made in the shade, but I do know that if there was an advantage to be had it went to a whit guy.

      iconotastic in reply to YellowGrifterInChief. | May 3, 2018 at 4:14 pm

      You really are a piece of shit. Given that you believe in blood guilt maybe you should castrate yourself to expiate the sins of people you don’t know and who have already passed away. Or, better yet, offer up the opportunity to disfigure you to the next person you meet with a racist/sexist bias.

      Enjoy!

IF the person(s) who posted the signs can be identified, and any or all persons listed are sure they are not guilty of any sexual assault/harassment, they should sue those identified as making and posting the poster. Depending on attorney’s advice, consideration should be given to filing suit against people who passed it on via twitter or message.

Wonder if OR law allows a Jane (or John??) Doe suit to be filed pending the identification of the miscreants?

    Tom Servo in reply to Edward. | May 3, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    no, they’ll never identify who put them up. That’s the point. And that’s why the only way to fight back is to start anonymously circulating counter-posters, aimed at the teaching and administrative staff. They’ll realize pretty quickly why allowing any of this at all is a bad, bad, bad idea.

      YellowGrifterInChief in reply to Tom Servo. | May 3, 2018 at 2:19 pm

      1st, the teachers and staff did not allow it. They took them down as they found them. Did you read the article?

      2nd, did you go to high school? There is no way in hell that the author(s) will not be discovered. More than likely dozens of kids already know. Some of them is going to tell their parents. Some of the parents will tell the authorities.

      Your call for retaliation, in kine, is infantile.

        Tom Servo in reply to YellowGrifterInChief. | May 3, 2018 at 2:57 pm

        “Your call for retaliation, in kine”

        I don’t think retaliating with cattle would be very effective.

        And I think your grasp of the English language is infantile.

          YellowGrifterInChief in reply to Tom Servo. | May 3, 2018 at 10:37 pm

          In kine was the original expression, but enjoy your pathetic victory. Is that all you’ve got?

          I guess infantile hit the mark.

          Gremlin1974 in reply to Tom Servo. | May 4, 2018 at 12:35 am

          @Yellow…whatever your name is until your next ban

          No the expression is actually “in kinD” not “in kine”.

          I swear if you were any more dense you would have an event horizon.

          Milhouse in reply to Tom Servo. | May 4, 2018 at 10:16 am

          In kine was the original expression

          Um, what? What do you think it meant? To take revenge for an offense by driving your cows through the offender’s vegetable garden?

      Milhouse in reply to Tom Servo. | May 3, 2018 at 8:48 pm

      Whom exactly are you accusing of allowing this, and on what basis? What you’re doing — slandering the administrators and staff of Grant High School — is exactly the same offense as the one you’re condemning.

“…As an administrative team, we work to ensure all students feel safe at Grant High School. These signs—singling out members of our community—make many students, not just those listed, feel unsafe at school.”

I can see where the administration is nudging this. A thousand students with five singled out means 99% of the stress calls and emails will come from the un-singled parents, HOWEVER this is a direct attack on those five, and that is where the bulk of the social media assault will be concentrated.

Even if these five are innocent as the wind-blown snow, there will be little knots of pent-up rage and vengeance (because school unfortunately contains teenagers) vented against them with conspiracy theories and social media posting galore that will come back to haunt them decades from now. Just google Romney Haircut.

Two words: School Vouchers

Let parents decide where their kids go to school.
99% of public education problems solved within 10 years.

    rdmdawg in reply to Exiliado. | May 3, 2018 at 10:18 am

    We need some serious reform. Either vouchers or even better, just privatize all the government schools and end property taxes, the system we have now is pure crap. Also, time to end the expensive and utterly useless Department of Education. I’ve never understood why everyone just seems to accept the status quo, the education of our children is too important to ignore.

      Vancomycin in reply to rdmdawg. | May 3, 2018 at 10:44 am

      “I’ve never understood why everyone just seems to accept the status quo”

      It’s because public schools are “free” (of course they aren’t, but people don’t pay monthly) babysitting centers.

      A *lot* (not all, certainly) of parents are glad to (or need to, to work) dump their kids off somewhere for the day. The education of their kids is a *byproduct* of the babysitting, not the main reason.

      This is why teacher walkouts work so well. You have households where the parent(s) *have* to be at work, and there’s no alternative babysitter for the kids who should be in school.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to Exiliado. | May 3, 2018 at 11:19 am

    The problem I see with vouchers is that they will come with more strings that a guitar factory.

I’m really beginning to dislike people. I’m with Exiliado – vouchers.

4th armored div | May 3, 2018 at 10:16 am

vouchers to be used at ‘religious’ schools and male/female only schools.

Education should NOT be a federal issue.

    4th armored div in reply to 4th armored div. | May 3, 2018 at 10:19 am

    but there does need to be a Federal minimum standard in education/class age with 2 times a year exams to see that kids have basic skills (readin, writin, rithmetic).
    NO MADRASSAS!!!!!!!

      Milwaukee in reply to 4th armored div. | May 3, 2018 at 11:47 am

      No. Not Federal, and not mandated.
      Have private consortiums hired by states to verify academic achievement. Could be as simple as once-a-year, or once-every-other-year, and get a score for reading, literature, language, science, and math. Publish curriculum guides so parents and students know what they are supposed to know. And then publish tons of questions. If the test for 12-year-olds has 100 questions over language, but 3000 questions have been published from the data bank, no one can just memorize the answers. But everyone can see if the questions are reasonable and fair. The SAT and ACT publish their questions, don’t they? With the answers?

      Make the testing available and voluntary, not mandated. Mandatory testing means there must be consequences if results are not “what they should be”, which is problematic.

      Milwaukee in reply to 4th armored div. | May 3, 2018 at 11:54 am

      Those consortiums, for middle and high school, could have class specific test, such as 8th-grade Earth Science. Or, a very popular one, Algebra I. Collect enough class credits distributed among required academics and some electives, presto: a high school equivalency. Although, I would hope for some project of substance sort of thing, indicating perseverance.

      Paul Simon got it right with Kodachrome.

    4th armored div in reply to 4th armored div. | May 3, 2018 at 10:21 am

    but there does need to be a Federal minimum standard in education/class age with 2 times a year exams to see that kids have basic skills (readin, writin, rithmetic).
    NO MADRASSAS!!!!!!!

    we need to be very careful about I-Slam indoctrination,
    same goes for verifiable KKK, Black Power schools

      alaskabob in reply to 4th armored div. | May 3, 2018 at 11:42 am

      There are already Black Power schools such as in Detroit and the Black Muslims. Historically and presently most Catholic, Protestant and Jewish school have a higher scholastic level anyway.

      Milwaukee in reply to 4th armored div. | May 3, 2018 at 12:01 pm

      Transparency will help avoid the problem I think you are suggesting. Require online availability of curriculum, assignments, and scores. The curriculum could easily be posted, with assignments, and class averages on exams given.

The Friendly Grizzly | May 3, 2018 at 11:04 am

Were I one of the boys on that list and was innocent of the accusations. I would hire the nastiest masculist lawyer I could find, and sue the family/ies of the girl/s responsible for every single dime they had. Put them on the street.

On another topic:

Portland Public Schools Director of Strategic Communications and Outreach Harry Esteve said the incident is concerning.

Now, if that job title doesn’t just shout “quota-filler job” I don’t know what would.

This is nothing more than gossip designed to harm someone who a particular person or group does not like. And, there have always been a significant number of people who believe such gossip, for various reasons. In the past such gossip has usually been confined to a small area or social group. however, with unbounded social media, malicious gossip now has a far larger audience.

What is interesting, is that, in most cases, the person who starts such gossip is usually the one least likely to stand for any gossip concerning them.

As to these signs, it should be a very easy matter to identify the poster, if it was a student. Teenagers usually have a very good idea of what goes on in their school and who is involved in what activities. and, they are not members of the Mafia. They will divulge information at the drop of a hat. Whoever posted these signs should be expelled immediately.

    gospace in reply to Mac45. | May 3, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    Along with that:
    Bullies don’t like being punched back at.
    Practical jokers absolutely hate practical jokes pulled on them- they aren’t funny then.

    And with a little thought it’s possible to add a host of other examples of people who do unto others as they would hate having others do unto them.

Mean girls squared.

An old time warlock hunt, #MeToo? Maybe.

For Grant, this is a step up since their class president was committing armed robberies.

http://www.oregonlive.com/news/index.ssf/2009/09/tom_curtis_freed_from_prison.html

http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2016/02/4_grant_high_students_accused.html

One of many reasons why I don’t regret any of the $13K that goes to La Salle each year, which, as we joke, is less than parents spend on legal fees for their kids in PPS. But suddenly, no longer as much a joke as reality.

Gun violence. Sexual assault. Drug trafficking. Marxist indoctrination. Spiraling costs. Plummeting proficiency.

IS IT TIME TO BAN GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS?

Once again, if a crime has been committed, call the police, or STHU!

Why do I believe there is a social justice teacher behind this, mark my words!

Henry Hawkins | May 3, 2018 at 5:35 pm

Clearly it is time to ban Xerox copiers, toner cartridges, scotch tape, and thumb tacks, and if that doesn’t solve the problem, ban paper itself.

“When administrators found out about the signs, they quickly removed them and sent an email to parents on Friday afternoon.”

Wow … is that what they would call a decisive action?

Bloody rubbish.

harleycowboy | May 5, 2018 at 8:02 am

I smell a lawsuit in the makings.

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