Last month, 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.
The incident, which reportedly occurred in the school's locker room, now leaves two of the assailants, John Howard, 18, and Tanner Ward, 17 (below), facing life in prison. The third party, who is 16 years old, is being charged as a minor.
After the rape was reported to the victim's adoptive parents, Tim and Shelly McDaniel, they quickly found out that this incident was just the tip of the iceberg. Their son had been unimaginably bullied for quite some time.
According to reports, the victim's teammates would hump him, make him strip down naked on the bus so they could take photos of him, and forced him to sing a Ku Klux Klan song.
The victim was also forced to fight star football player Howard; the victim had to wear boxing gloves while Howard (below) went bare fisted:
Since the McDaniels found out about the rape, they have sued the school district for $10 million for neglecting to take action after witnessing their son being bullied.
The lawsuit has since left the small, no stoplight town of just 330 people completely divided, with many feeling the incident should have remained among the town's local authorities.
Now, for the first time since the alleged assault, the still unnamed 18-year-old victim, who suffers from disorganized schizophrenia, has written a letter speaking out about what occurred:
“The world's not used to people like me. They still have Hitler within their hearts. They think that being different is sign of weakness and bullying can get them far.”
He heartbreakingly added:
“But what society doesn't know is that a kicked in hanger can bruise and penetrate the heart... It leaves you walking on a stub because of the burden put on you by the people you thought you once loved. The [sic] ground and lock the door for your opportunities, and leave you helpless, without a sound. Why lord why does this happen to us send us to earth to be sent to the back of the bus.”
After filing the lawsuit, which names 11 employees who failed to do anything about the victim’s abuse, the McDaniels have decided to move away from the town they once loved.
They have reportedly received so much abuse from the community that they have put up their home for sale.