Jack was moving along with his normal after school clean up of the restrooms at Jensen Junior High, when he came to the second floor North boy’s room.
At first everything seemed normal, until he opened the second stall to start his cleanup, and spotted a diamond bracelet in the bottom of the bowl, and Billy (an eighth grader) beaten and lying beside the bowl.
Jack immediately dropped everything and tried to rouse Billy. When Billy came around Jack asked what happened.
Billy said: “I thought I was all alone, and was trying on this diamond bracelet I bought for my mom. Three of the other guys came in, and started saying how I looked really good with my new bracelet, and wanted to know who my boyfriend was.”
Jack thought he knew what happened next but encouraged Billy to go on.
“I tried to tell them that I didn’t have a boyfriend. They didn’t believe me and kept asking me about a boyfriend and what we did with each other. Finally, they all got naked and made me have sex with them. They said now I could do better with my boyfriend, beat me up and left.”
Jack asked if he knew who the boys were, and Billy said no, but Jack knew he was lying. Then, Jack asked how Billy could afford a diamond bracelet and Billy replied that it was not real diamonds, but he thought his mother would really like it.
Jack promised Billy that he would not tell anyone about what the other boys had done, even though it should be reported to the police, but if Billy would not say who it was it would just create a lot of trouble.
They decided that Billy would tell everyone that he slipped and bounced off the stall wall and the bowl when he fell. Also, Jack wouldn’t say anything about the bracelet to anyone.
Several days later the police came and arrested Jack for sexually assaulting Billy. Jack tried to tell them what had actually happened, to no avail, and his life was ruined.
Whenever you see or suspect sexual improprieties with a minor, notify the authorities immediately, instead of trying to take care of things yourself.
The above story is in response to today’s The Prompt Writer fourth prompt:
Subject (the main character), Item (something the main character needs to make the story go), Location (the place everything takes place), and Objective (the plot).
- S-A janitor
- I-A diamond bracelet
- L-The boys room
- O-Judgement calls
I hope it will impress on all that sexual assault is nothing to take lightly, especially involving a minor.