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Testimony by Anita Shreve
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Aug 01, 09

Read in July, 2009

This story is told chapter by chapter by the different people involved - the students, the headmaster, the parents, the friends, the police. Three of the school’s senior basketball players and one fourteen-year-old freshman girl get drunk and engage in consensual sexual activities which are videotaped. The tape somehow arrives at the headmaster’s and he mistakenly tries to keep the story quiet and handle it himself. When the girl thinks she’s going to get into trouble, she calls her parents and tells them she was raped. They call the police and soon word leaks out and the school and everyone involved are caught up in the scandal. Where the story takes place in Vermont, sex with a girl this age is considered sexual abuse and the 3 boys are charged. The story explains the background of the 4 young people involved and what led up to the night of drinking and sex, and then the aftermath. It also explores the ‘what ifs’ of the different characters that could have led to a much different ending.

I so understand how something like this could happen when kids are drinking and messing around. This could happen anywhere with the same results but being in the private school sector made it that much more scandalous. It was a very compelling story of how one mistake can ruin lives.

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