UPDATE: Three Kennedy Middle School Boys Admit to Sexual Assault

The three will appear in court on Aug. 5 for sentencing.

Three boys admitted in court Monday to the sexual assault of two female classmates while on a school field trip. Two admitted to a lewd act on a minor and the third admitted to sexual battery, according to Deputy District Attorney James Wade.

The two boys who admitted to a lewd act on a minor may face up to eight years in juvenile detention, while the third may face up to one year for sexual battery.

Though the fourth boy has not admitted to any charges, Wade said he expects the boy to confess at the Aug. 5 sentencing. The fifth boy must attend a proceeding in October before the District Attorney can decide whether to prosecute him, according to Wade. He did not disclose why the fifth boy's case was separated from the others.

Reports of the attempted rapes caused much concern in the community. School officials met the ’s field trip policy by having one supervisor for every 10 students, but the fact that the crimes went unnoticed caused some residents to and the effectiveness of the policy.

"The district is very concerned that this potential incident took place," Director of Assessment Jane Yuster said to Patch in June. "Our number one message to parents is that their kids are safe in Redwood City schools and on school-sponsored trips and activities."

District Superintendent Jan Christensen said the district is conducting an internal investigation to examine current safety procedures for school field trips and determine if changes are needed.

Henry Davis July 27, 2011 at 07:00 PM
He probably figured you attacked him first. Funny, eh?
tori July 27, 2011 at 07:02 PM
I believe a person is who they are-even at a young age. I grew up with very little restrictions and could pretty much do what I wanted-however I did know if I took the risk of doing something stupid and was caught....hell hath no fury like a mothers disappointment. Its not always the parents or the teachers or society...there have been murders and molesters and pranks gone bad since the beginning of time....you are who you are from the day your conceived-its up to you and solely you of the person you turn out to be. Everyone knows right from wrong, if you ask anyone who has done something bad to another person if they would want it done to them---bet their answer would be no. They just dont care and you cant teach a person to care no matter what strict rules you give them or what example you set for them, they will be who they are meant to be in life and unfortunately there are bad people and there are good people. The only thing we can do as parents, teachers or just an adult role model is to do what you can to prevent incidents happening while people, kids and adults, are in your pressence.
Paul Roberts July 27, 2011 at 07:02 PM
I agree with hus4154! I'm not sure what planet you are from, SR25, but we are not takling about "playing doctor" here. If these boys are engaging in this kind of behavior now - and if they get away with it, as you seem to think they should - what will they be doing as adults? I shudder at the thought! This event had nothing to do with "curiosity" - it was SEXUAL ASSAULT. I suggest you look up that term, as well as "sexual battery."
hus4154 July 27, 2011 at 07:09 PM
While I am very entertained by all the comments blaming others for student behavior, I would be willing to bet that this is not the first blot on their behavior record. I hope they get what's coming to them. When groups go on field trips, it would be very easy to get away from a teacher, simply by saying you had a bathroom emergency---if a teacher didn't let you go, the teacher would be in trouble. Again, I doubt these were the the type of kids who should even be allowed on a field trip. Call me cynical.
tori July 27, 2011 at 07:16 PM
also, these kids would do this at some point or another if they were going to do it and presented with the opportunity. but if the chaps were supervising as they committed to when they signed up for the job then shouldve been able to prevent it from happening. agreed some parents, "parent" differently than others so i make it my job as a parent to verbally correct other kids even outside of family if they are doing something inappropriate especially if it is directed at my kid and i expect the same from other parents if my child would do something inappropriate. you cant watch your kid every single minute. Everyone has tolerance levels and boundaries hence the reason why kids act differently at home, school and or at grannies house. most kids will act with in those boundaries and take the lesson with them thru life, but there is that one kid or kids who always push the envelope no matter what, simply, because they just dont care!!! as they grow as parents you still dicipline and try to correct their thinking, and with luck some parents succeed but its because the kid started caring and wanted to make that change....if they continue not to care, they will continue to do bad things.
Myke July 27, 2011 at 07:18 PM
Look up and read Agenda 21 to find out what your kids are learning instead of what they are not learning.
m29ec July 27, 2011 at 07:48 PM
Yestern years belong to the past and now is now. Comparing and blaming will not solve any problem. If problem was identified, it will not go away unless something was done to it. Putting misguided kids in prison won't rid of this kind of problem happening again. Make something happen that would affect the entire nation, go to your councilors, mayor, government officials, etc.. people that make the law. Let them hear you and then hopefully, this problem will be corrected. Meanwhile, parents should stay vigil guarding their kids.
Geddes Fielder July 27, 2011 at 07:49 PM
I think there is enough blame to go around for everyone. The parents, teachers in charge of supervision definitely need to be accountable for what happened on their watch. I am a parent and a teacher, and one of the main problems is that children are rarely held properly accountable for their actions at any level. It's only when something this heinous occurs that anyone takes any notice, and then we spread the blame. The fact is that children need discipline and guidance. Discipline, in my opinion, should not be physical. I have never hit my daughter, and she is a responsible and well behaved child of 12 who knows what is expected of her and what the consequences might be if she does not behave appropriately. A lot of times both parents and teachers make excuses for the behaviour of their children. If a child was held accountable for any inappropriate behaviour then possibly it would not escalate to the level of criminal behaviour. Just my 2 cents worth.
marietta July 27, 2011 at 08:03 PM
My question is "Why was Emily Capo not permitted to contact the parents of the boys who assaulted her son?" Parents, children, teachers and adminstration should all be held accountable for these occurances.
hus4154 July 27, 2011 at 08:09 PM
My question is "Who is Emily Capo and where is she referenced in the news story?"
Paul Roberts July 27, 2011 at 08:35 PM
Hey, SageRider! You just left the most brilliant comment on this post so far! Pure wisdom! Now, unfortunately, many younger folks today have no idea what wisdom is, or how to apply it when raising their kids. And I’m willing to admit, there are some teachers out there who fall short of doing their job. As a result, we see instances like the assault of these young girls by their peers in a news report. You hit the nail on the head with your criticism of TV. It has become an all-to-frequent babysitter, as well as the primary moral [or should I say immoral?] example of how to behave. Many children today spend a large amount of their "at-home time" in front of the TV or on their electronic devices. Obviously, that leaves little or no time to be learning responsible behavior from their parents. Respect for others is fast becoming extinct. Greed and the current Me, Me, Me attitude is spreading like wildfire. SageRider, I hope that the long winter of our discontent you mentioned in your post will someday see signs of a new spring. But, must admit that I doubt that will happen anytime soon on our messed up Planet Earth. Sad, isn't it?
dorothy July 27, 2011 at 08:39 PM
my question here is. Did anyone really talk to these girls ? I know middle school kids are hypersexual these days but ... I see more and more boys getting into trouble because they do consentual stuff with the girls and when they all get caught the girls scream sexual assault . I am not saying that didnt happen but i have seen some of the girls in middle school and lets just say they are NOT all that innocent. I have daughters and a son and i can tell you i am not stupid about teenagers. THANK GOD my last one finishes school this year. I feel for parents having to deal with the school systems of today.
hus4154 July 27, 2011 at 08:41 PM
So Paul.....somehow the teachers are responsible for bad behavior of someone's kids. And somehow the television is responsible for teaching behavior. And electronic devices force kids and parents not to interact. You appear to find everything and everyone else at fault for lack of parental responsibility. You are a first-class enabler. Have a great day.
hus4154 July 27, 2011 at 08:43 PM
Ironic. I feel for schools having to deal with ill-mannered children poorly raised by inept parents.
hus4154 July 27, 2011 at 08:44 PM
Why do so many of you believe it's the school district's job to raise your kids?
Emily Capo July 27, 2011 at 08:52 PM
i made a comment earlier about my son being bullied in school..and how when i approached the the teacher she blamed my son for being "too quiet" they would not let me talk to the other parents because they said they wanted to avoid confrontation between the parents. however i have seen the other boy in the park and he is a bully and my son even spoke to the boys mother and she laughed at my son.. so between both the parents and the teachers lack of responsibility my son suffered the consequences. The child's bullying got worse as the teacher and parents did nothing. I did let the administration know and they did not return my phone calls. Also I have taught children my self and like i said before it was a combination. I taught many children whos parents were well... lets not name call... and they were respectful when I let them know that was required in my class room. There were times i called parents about there kids behavior and they laughed at me (seriously they laughed). These children are misguided and it is everyone's failure.. I agree with those who say these children need to be responsible for their own actions because that is how they learn, but they cannot learn what is not taught. As for my son at first i told him to hit the kid back and his responded by reminding me what he learned in Sunday school was that two wrongs don't make a right.. i was embarrassed but i leave u all with that lesson, lets just all educate each other!
JAS July 27, 2011 at 09:32 PM
I am fascinated by the number of responses blaming the teacher in all of this! if it's not the teachers, it's television. C'mon! Hello? The three boys, who are in middle school, are responsible for their actions. Was it awful? Absolutely. Should the students be punished? Absolutely. But what's with the howling for the (collective) heads of teachers? This quote made me laugh out loud: " I have been on too many field trips to know how often the teachers and/or chaperones are all congregated in one area chatting while the children are running wild unsupervised and frighteningly unaccounted for in public venues." The dreaded "I've been on..." excuse. Please, Suella. Most teachers will tell you that field trips are exausting because they need seventeen heads to watch what's going on and sometimes have to chaperone the chaperones as well! I teach in NYC. I have my students for seven hours out of the day. That leaves SEVENTEEN hours when my students are not in my presence. "In loco parentis" is what happens for the hours in the school day. The rest of the time, these children are YOUR responsibility. Several of you have mentioned things like "there are some bad parents" but NO ONE is saying "there are some bad teachers," rather, you say "ALL teachers." Stop blaming the teachers for things that aren't their fault at all!
Kim July 27, 2011 at 09:37 PM
OMG this is an OLD argument-And for the most part PARENTS should be forced to be involved. I never let my son get a way with a darn thing, not even talking to much in class. His school knew I give a 100% support but they needed to tow the line also. AND you can control who your kid hangs out with, not from 7-3pm but after that, they didn't have the control we did. My kids are happy and good people and it was A LOT of work to keep on them and keep involved and at 24 and 19 they tell me every single day, "I love you" seriously everyday! So couldn't have been to bad for them. It's hard to be a great parent because doing whats right is always tougher! There are great parents and great teachers and there are bad parents and bad teachers.
CapitolNo July 27, 2011 at 09:57 PM
The current public education system is set up so that parents and teachers are at odds! Can't we all see & agree to that? It's plain to me. My question is, how many parents are looking their kids in the eyes and saying, "DO NOT RAPE!" because I doubt a single parent is, and that to me is the issue here. We treat children as these special little endangered creatures, but the truth is that the same evils that lie "out there" all begin within each of us. Think on that. Thanks.
CapitolNo July 27, 2011 at 09:57 PM
The current public education system is set up so that parents and teachers are at odds! Can't we all see & agree to that? It's plain to me. My question is, how many parents are looking their kids in the eyes and saying, "DO NOT RAPE!" because I doubt a single parent is, and that to me is the issue here. We treat children as these special little endangered creatures, but the truth is that the same evils that lie "out there" all begin within each of us. Think on that. Thanks.
hus4154 July 27, 2011 at 10:15 PM
Good post JAS, but whomever you took this quote from has got to be an idiot: " I have been on too many field trips to know how often the teachers and/or chaperones are all congregated in one area chatting while the children are running wild unsupervised and frighteningly unaccounted for in public venues." Please ask him/her, "Then why didn't you do something about it?"
hus4154 July 27, 2011 at 10:17 PM
CapitolNO, you are absolutely correct. Teachers are encouraged to lie to parents--administrators don't want them calling the school board. If you kid is a bully, I can't say that. I have to say something like, "Billy is having problems adjusting to his new classmates." Parents don't know what that means, but it sounds not too bad, so the kid remains a bully and mommy and daddy don't feel bad.
Doreen Balmy July 27, 2011 at 11:58 PM
I'm with you Mark. I took away something that my son loved and he called the cops. The cops (RWC) told me (in front of him nonetheless) that I had to return it to him. It was his property. OMG. No wonder.......
hus4154 July 28, 2011 at 12:14 AM
Sorry Doreen and Mark......I just find it difficult to believe that you are actually afraid of your child. Guess what? You have a huge problem for the rest of your life....your kid. You don't have to beat kids to have them obey and you can withhold items. Did your kid show the police a receipt for what you took away? Didn't think so. Did the police write up a police report? Didn't think so. If they do, take that police report to a lawyer and a newspaper reporter and see what happens. You guys must never have told your kids that the world does not revolve around them. You will have problems forever. Sorry about that.
Stacie Chan (Editor) July 28, 2011 at 02:26 AM
Hi Emily, I am so sorry to hear that this happened to your son. If the teacher and administration ignored your attempts to resolve this like you said, then there is something seriously wrong with the system. Please contact me at stacie@patch.com if you'd like to bring light to this and help fix a seemingly terrible system.
Eggbert July 28, 2011 at 05:33 PM
"If someone was forced into this, then I agree it was wrong, but if it is kids playing doctor they need a stern talking to from their parents." How gratifying that after parading a blather of "boys will be boys", you allocate a soupçon of possibility the story might be accurate as reported. Have you some inside information that the child involved participated happily? What received wisdom makes this "hard to believe" - radio signals to an impacted molar? Or perhaps an inherent distrust of females? Next I imagine SR25 will divulge the victim is a saucy wench who led the boys astray.
Doreen Balmy July 28, 2011 at 09:01 PM
hus4154, you are amusing (to yourself I'll bet). You must hear voices as well. Nothing I said would lead you to draw the conclusion that I am afraid of my kid. I also chuckled at the questions you asked about the receipts and police reports. Mostly I chuckled about you answering yourself. My point was that kids know that parental authority is limited these days by police and CPS involvement. I don't believe in beating kids. However, taking away things (phones, etc.) is NOT supported by RWC PD. In fact, a phone call to the Captain only confirmed what the officer's told my son. His property is his property. Of course, I then remedied that by telling my kids that everything in my house or anything purchased by me was "on loan". I think parents need to do their jobs but also be supported by the powers that be.
scratchy3 July 30, 2011 at 07:28 AM
blah, blah, blah ... lots of finger pointing, but what are WE going to do about it? Clearly no one likes it, clearly there are different views on the cause, but bond in your disgust on taking action to change it ... versus using that energy to bicker with all that agree that its disgusting and needs to change. Be the change!
Cate Stark August 07, 2011 at 10:57 PM
Emily Capo, you should have called the police since the administration did not follow the law recognizing your child's right to a safe environment while at school. You can still call them. I would, and I'm a teacher! Parents have a responsibility to raise their children to act as contributing members of society - contributing in a positive sense. These boys' actions were not that type of contribution. I teach middle school. I had a student whose parents denied to my and the principal's face their child had behavior problems. The following year in high school, that student was arrested for sexually assaulting another student. Just one example but a powerful one in light of the events that started this blog (?). Parents raise the children, teachers have them for 6 hours a day, 180 days a year. Who has the major responsibility for raising the children? As for the police telling the parent that the "item" that was taken away belonged to the child, baloney! So long as the parent is raising and providing for the child, it seems that along with the responsibilty of misbehavior by a minor being the parents', the stuff a parents buys for the child is on loan! Break the rules and suffer the consequences. Sort of like "do the crime, do the time."
Alejandro Blanco February 03, 2014 at 03:24 PM
I followed up with this news and two of those kids got 10+ years and one got 4 years and one got 1year because he snitch. And the 5 was found guilty to just being a look out and he just got probation till he turns 18 years old. Oh well their goes their childhood stuck behind bars. After that i bet those kids are coming out wit no future and just as stone killers. Trowing gang signs and all that ghetto stuff.


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