Editor’s note: This post contains graphic information which may disturb some readers.
Nearly four months ago, a small town in Idaho was left torn apart after three white males on the local high school football team allegedly raped a disabled black teammate with a coat hanger.
Reports show that students John Howard, 18, Tanner Ward, 17, and an unnamed 16-year-old lured Antwon McDaniel, 18, into the locker room after practice and proceeded to shove a coat hanger into his rectum.
Howard (below) then proceeded to kick the hanger multiple times while it was inside McDaniel’s anus:
Once the victim’s adoptive parents, Tim and Shelly McDaniel, found out about the attack, they quickly realized this incident was just the tip of the iceberg.
Their son had been unimaginably bullied for quite some time—and despite this, coaches and other faculty members at the school turned a blind eye.
The McDaniels decided to sue the school district for $10 million for neglecting to take action after witnessing their son being bullied:
Tim and Shelly McDaniel are the kind of people who make a town great. But Dietrich, Idaho is driving them out. https://t.co/JnX0Wucf8c
— Bob Crowe (@bob_crowe) May 30, 2016
Since the lawsuit was filed, the small no-stoplight town of 330 has become deeply divided.
Many people in the town believed the accusations against the players were simply not true.
However, as new reports have come in, things do not look good for the high school suspects.
School Superintendent Benjamin Hardcastle, who is also a defendant in the lawsuit, conducted 30 interviews with students, football players, coaches, and parents…And what he found was horrifying.
Hardcastle has come to the conclusion that the events unfolded like this:
Initially, the victim was given a “wedgie,” which ripped through his boxers, just before the suspects assaulted him with the hanger.
“We found evidence of misconduct among students that include sexual harassment, bullying behavior, and sexual assault.”
Hardcastle explained that based on his investigation, it’s possible that another football player tried to stop the assailants, but was told by one of his teammates:
“Shut up or I’ll do the same thing to you.”
In another document filed last week, an unnamed student who allegedly witnessed the crime stated that when he walked into the locker room, he heard “pounding and banging on the walls,” then saw McDaniel walk over “limping” and “holding his butt.”
During an interview with another witness, one of the suspects allegedly stated after the attack:
“I just pounded him so hard,” and pointed toward the victim.
Investigators found that in the summer of 2015, McDaniel, who is one of the only black students in his school, was taunted and called racist names by his teammates including “Kool-Aid,” “chicken eater,” “watermelon,” and even “n*gger.”
Still, the school is denying all claims of wrongdoing.
As for Howard, if convicted, he faces up to life in prison and a fine up to $50,000. He also would have to register as a sex offender.
In a plea deal, Ward (below) managed to get his charges dropped to the juvenile court, while the unnamed minor’s case has been sealed:
The investigation is still underway.