Yesterday in a suburb of Detroit, prosecutors dismissed the rape charges that had been leveled against 18-year-old Joseph Tarnopolski because his 14 year old accuser killed herself on Monday. With her death, prosecutors decided to drop the charges. The girl's mom screamed at the 18 year old man and said she was never consulted prior to the charges being dropped.
The 14 year old had gone to the police and Joseph had been charged with third degree criminal conduct. When people at school found out the freshman had accused the senior of rape the girl said she was subjected to bullying and harassment from the senior's friends.
"People wanted to beat her up – people who were friends of Joe," said Ayla Raines, who also attended Huron High School. "Not to her face. She heard from other people that they wanted to beat her up."
The principal of the school said he did not believe the bullying was happening. How does he know? He said that he would sometimes walk behind the girl in between classes and saw no signs of harassment. Well how in the f**k did he think he was going to see any if he was walking right behind her? And this guy is a principal?
I'm not saying this guy committed the crime. There was obviously not much evidence or prosecutors would have proceeded even without the girl's testimony. But, I have no doubt in my mind this girl was bullied and harassed and the actions of the principal show why so much bullying happens in school today.
As for the death of the accuser, the 18 year old say he felt a "little bit responsible for her death," but that others had done the bullying and not him.
I encourage you to read the entire story here because there is too much for me to summarize. It is compelling stuff.