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Richard Bain, This Is What You Did

October 22, 2010

This is about personal responsibility. Inhuman decisions are not made by faceless institutions. Inhuman decisions are made by people; people who abdicate their moral obligations under the cover of a job title.

This is what you did, Richard Bain: You told a sixteen year old girl that she would be thrown off the cheerleading squad if she didn’t shout the name of the man who raped her. You let cheer coach Sissy McInnis throw her off the squad when she did not.

It’s not like what happened is in dispute. Rakheem Bolton has now pleaded guilty to a crime in connection with the incident, when [Trigger Warning] at an after-game party, he and another athlete, Christian Roundtree, pushed her into a room and raped her. Now, most of us would wonder what kind of a moral lesson it sends when a school has a known criminal on its high school basketball team. Most of us wonder how on earth an educator (a career educator, with a comfortable six figure salary) could make the decision not to throw him off. One might even ponder the culture of athletics in a school where athletes work together to rape a young woman, at an after-game party.

But not you! Not only did you, Richard Bain Jr. of Silsbee Texas ISD decide to keep him on the team, but you tried to get the victim to withdraw from Homecoming activities, as if she had done something wrong. Fortunately, she has the support of her family, and you were told what you could do with that suggestion.

And then you demanded that she cheer, specifically, for the man that raped her, or she was off the squad.

This makes you a person morally unfit to interact with teens. You, Richard Bain Jr. of Silsbee, Texas, should not be permitted near a school, let alone be allowed to run one.

Other commentators (like Tracy Clark-Flory) have covered the story by talking about the school as an institutions. I understand that, but I think perhaps a different approach is needed. What’s that concept that conservatives are always yammering on about? Oh, yeah. Personal responsibility. I don’t think a school makes a decision. I think a school is a building. I think people make decisions, and those people need to be accountable for them. That means you, Richard Bain, Jr., Superintendant of theSilsbee, Texas Independent School District.

If anyone else wants to express an opinion about Richard Bain Jr. of Silsbee, Texas, I encourage them to contact him here:

Richard Bain Jr., Superintendent, Silsbee Independent School District, 415 Highway 327 West, Silsbee, TX, 77656; rbain@silsbeeisd.org; (409) 980-7800.

(Via Ms., which apparently sees it like I do.)

Or add your name to the petition here.

Note: For legal eagles, the 5th Circuit decision, a six page Per Curiam by a panel of Garza Clement and Owen, is here.

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18 Comments leave one →
  1. James King permalink
    October 23, 2010 10:41 am

    There is a petition to the School Board Superintendant and the Principal at http://womensrights.change.org/petitions/view/tell_silsbee_high_school_to_apologize_for_treatment_of_rape_victim

  2. Tim permalink
    October 26, 2010 12:52 pm

    Link doesn’t work.

  3. Leah permalink
    October 27, 2010 9:51 am

    Argh. I might just be calling his office.

    In response to your comment about the “culture of athletics” – well, in my experience the culture of athletics means that criminals are absolutely allowed to stay on the basketball team.

    In my junior year of high school, a member of the basketball team punched his coach. He was suspended, but still allowed to play basketball. Another basketball player got caught stealing laptops from the school. He was also allowed to keep playing basketball.

    I did not play sports. Instead I was in the drama club. That same year, the star of our spring show punched through a window in anger, was suspended, and not allowed to perform in the show. We were too small of a club to have understudies, and the entire show – that we had been working on all year – was ruined.

    It’s SO depressing to say that I am not at all surprised by what happened here. But that doesn’t make me any less furious.

  4. thomas permalink
    November 8, 2010 8:21 pm

    It’s interesting how reliably the various news articles construct this as a conflict initially between “H.S.” and “the school,” totally letting Richard Bain Jr off the hook in terms of tracking his individual decisions. It is understandable that the courts would do so since it became their job to parse everybody’s rights and responsibilities once the case was brought to them But journalists have the freedom to tell the story in whichever way their scruples dictate. And this only became a free speech court batter AFTER Richard Bain Jr.’s clear and appalling ethical failures on the job.

  5. May 8, 2011 3:16 am

    Just reading about this whole incident now on another site. The thing that really bothers me is that this kid was allowed to play sports after he had been convicted of assault in this case. Regardless if the rape conviction was dropped he still was found guilty of assault and had to take anger management classes. So why was he allowed to even play sports for the school?

  6. Jeff permalink
    May 8, 2011 9:45 am

    Forcing the teen to cheer for her rapist rather than force the rapist off the basketball team? Richard Bain is a monster. How does a monster have a job running our schools?

    Now he is suing her directly for $45k compensation:

    Cheerleader must compensate school that told her to clap ‘rapist’:

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/cheerleader-must-compensate-school-that-told-her-to-clap-rapist-2278522.html

  7. June 9, 2011 10:14 pm

    This man has no business in society, let alone the responsibility of running a school and interacting with children. He needs to resign…NOW! I am utterly disgusted and hope he doesn’t have any daughters.

  8. June 10, 2011 1:31 am

    I just wrote a post about this (it will go live tomorrow). I think we ought to contact the school, the city, and go even further. Let’s contact local churches and ask them to add their thoughts on rape to their sermons.

  9. June 10, 2011 10:41 am

    Thanks for the post. I blogged yesterday about popular illustrator Jason Ho’s offer to commission sketches for $20 to help with the legal fees. I updated it with some small amount of happy news this morning. Let’s make some noise! http://socialmediahottub.com/scream-cry-blog/

  10. E.S permalink
    July 21, 2011 9:08 am

    If he raped a girl why is not in prison? Why is he in the same school as the girl? and were can I get more legal info on this case?

  11. Damian permalink
    January 6, 2012 2:12 pm

    it would be brilliant if everyone avoided such a dangerous creature completely in life. Refused to associate, work with or do *any* business with him. Refused to communicate with it. It is a danger to the general population because it supports rape. Ergo ostracism is the best policy.

    Because retaliatory murder is a horrible, horrible thing.

  12. jd peiper permalink
    February 6, 2012 2:47 am

    I’ve only just come across this story while searching for something totally unrelated. But the interest is such that I’ve been searching links looking for more and found myself here.
    First of all, “retaliatory murder” may be horrible but louse removal puts it in a different frame altogether. Anyway, how is it possible to “murder” vermin?
    Either rape was committed or it wasn’t. Do we assume it didn’t happen because the guys were not found guilty of rape? Wasn’t there any DNA testing, assuming the girl reported it quickly enough? Why isn’t sexual assault, with the emphasis on the word ‘assault,’ seen as seriously as rape itself? Surely the intent is there even if the act of rape did not happen.
    But then, I suppose not many men get raped often enough to impress courts.
    Bottom line here I guess is that the school authorities could have used some common sense and shown a bit of humanity (gasp) toward the young lady and allowed her to remain silent rather then cheer the sub humans who assaulted her.

  13. August 23, 2012 7:11 am

    What a nasty piece of sh*t Richard Bain is.

  14. Dave Thompson permalink
    August 26, 2012 1:51 pm

    I can only hope he develops a sense of decency – then hangs himself in shame. The rest of the school board ideally should join him.

    What sort of vile message does this send to young people in sports? Basically, stuff you, we are only here for the $.

  15. March 25, 2013 12:11 am

    Richard Bain is a waste of skin and I hope he rots in hell along with the rapist he supported. I feel for that girl and her family.

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