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Bully violates her victim’s privacy, and now her school is protecting the bully’s privacy

The 16-year-old victim’s parents are outraged. The school is protecting the bully, who is a star athlete…

If the school district punished their star athlete, what might happen to the school’s revenue? Here are the details of the case:

DANVILLE (AP) — The parents of a 16-year-old girl who was filmed urinating in a bathroom stall are criticizing school officials for not doing enough to punish the perpetrator who received a three-day suspension after she admitted to posting the video on Instagram.

The 17-year-old girl, a star athlete at San Ramon Valley High School in Danville, was arrested but allowed to return to school the next day, remain on her team and participate in a championship game.

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The victim’s parents say their daughter is suffering by having to face her bully nearly every day at school.

“My daughter is suffering,” said Denise Lynch, the victim’s mom.

“Had my daughter not told us… or God forbid killed herself, everyone would be asking themselves ‘What more could have been done?’ Now is the time to do something,” father Sean Lynch said.

PROTECTING THE BULLY

So, let me get this straight.

A bully films a girl while she’s going to the bathroom, then posts it on Instagram. She’s suspended for just three days. But, since she’s a key component of the sports team, she was allowed to play in the championship game. When the news agency asked for comment, the school declined: “A San Ramon Valley Unified School District spokeswoman declined to comment on the case, citing student privacy.”

Of course, the spokeswoman is just doing her job. She has to protect the school. Officially, she’s protecting the children. Unofficially, she’s covering for the district. The victim has precious little privacy left to protect, at this point. The bully has ample privacy remaining, though. Evidently, she’s got the entire San Ramon Valley District machine going to work to protect both her privacy and her right to keep bringing the school major sports victories.

INEXCUSABLE PRIVACY INVASION

Another article provides more details of the bully’s invasion of the victim’s privacy:

The Lynches found out about the video of their daughter when it was posted on social media in April, months after it was taken in November. Their home had been “Skittled” — pounds of Skittles candies were scattered on their front lawn as a prank. The Lynches turned to their two children to ask if they knew who might have done the prank.

Soon, the daughter’s friends discovered a video of her while she was urinating at a school bathroom stall, filmed by a cellphone from under the stall, Sean Lynch said. It was posted on Instagram.

In screenshots of the video, the girl’s face can clearly be seen as she pulls down her pants.

“Don’t you dare say s**t about me and my friend’s back again,” the post said. “Hope you enjoy the skittles c**k waffle.”

Another Instagram user comments on the post, saying, “oh my god did you actually do this.”

The victim’s father is a former police lieutenant. He says the penalties would be much more severe if this happened anywhere else than a public school:

The girl’s father, Sean Lynch, a former police lieutenant, said that if this crime had occurred in a public place, the perpetrator would be behind bars, and could even have to register as a sex offender if convicted. The two are asking the school district to “do their job.”

A Playboy model from Los Angeles went to trial and had to choose between 45 days in jail, or 30 days of community service, for posting a picture of a 70-year-old lady undressing in an LA Fitness changing room.

PROTECTING THE REVENUE STREAMS

The problem is, the school is doing it’s job. It’s protecting its revenue stream by preserving the confidence of the parents and alumni who send, or have graduated, their children from the school.

Parents attend games (or matches, as the case may be). Alumni attend games. High-school athletics events have replaced taking the Lord’s Supper on Sunday. Instead of covenant renewal with the Lord Jesus Christ on a weekly basis, local parents come together for group renewal — or defeat — during sports season.

If the local team wins, everybody rides a high for the next week. If the local team loses, the coming week seems a bit less bright. But the parents are consummate post-millennialists: “We’ll get’m next time.”

High school sports have replaced the local church. Instead of bread and wine, the local community refuels on hot dogs and nachos-and-cheese. This is a heavy burden, a great responsibility.

The school can’t risk tarnishing its image with a stain like this. They can’t risk having the community lose faith. So, it’s really just best if the whole thing is dropped down the memory hole. The best way to do that is by not talking about it.

The victim? They don’t care about her. There’s no symbolic blood on the menu at the concessions stand, which is probably staffed by parents who are members of a booster club that are raising extra revenue for the school. So, sometimes real sacrifices must be made.

I recommend her parents pull her out and enroll her in the Ron Paul Curriculum. Let the dead bury the dead.

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