Teens Sexually Assaulted at Catonsville High School

Two 13-year-old girls dragged into wooded area and assaulted on Oct. 20 by acquaintances who exposed themselves.

Two 13-year-old girls were sexually assaulted on Oct. 20 after a football game at Catonsville High School, according to police.

The victims, the identities of whom have not been released, met up with an acquaintance described as a classmate of one of the girls, according to police spokeswoman Cpl. Cathleen Batton.

Batton said that the victims did not attend Catonsville High School. The school affiliation of the suspects, if any, is unknown, she said.

At around 9:30 p.m., the victims met the acquaintance near the athletic field concession stand, who was joined by three other male suspects, Batton said.

The suspects tried to persuade the victims to accompany them into a nearby wooded area, according to police.

When the girls refused to go along with the suspects, they were dragged into the wooded area, Batton said.

The suspects touched the victims inappropriately and exposed themselves to the victims, according to police.

The victims managed to escape and ran to the nearby home of one of the victim's relatives, Batton said.

"The incident remains under investigation," Batton said.

Detectives are working to identify the suspects, some of whom are unknown or known only by nickname.

Katie Federline Phillips October 23, 2012 at 10:07 PM
The title pulls you in but it is not false. It happened on CHS property. I see people's comments stating that Mr. Goldfarb had the girls raped during a CHS football game? Come on, people.
Emily O'Dell October 23, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Thank you for clarifying. I know that you didn't have any incorrect information in this article, but it was slightly misleading.
Concerned October 23, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Great real-life application of journalism skills. As a teacher, I am impressed by the way the journalism students are applying their evaluative skills in the community. However, I have a suggestion for the journalism students. A word of caution to the students: you should think about using a handle or a username that does not use your whole name.
Linda Bloom October 23, 2012 at 10:40 PM
To Joe, Dealt with them? You treat them like people. The violent patient building was closed way before you were around. The violent patients were sent to Perkins and still are! Grovers, how condescending, Maybe you were smoking something else and hallucinated all of these violent patients. Your attitude and knowledge is exactly why the stigma continues to label people that have proven chemical imbalances, like diabetics need Insulin. I hope your relative is well!
Emily O'Dell October 23, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Catons-villain: Yes, we all jumped to conclusions, and yes, those conclusions were inaccurate. The reason we all posted comments was that we all jumped to the SAME incorrect conclusion. While all of the information in the article is true, it was misleading! Readers who only skim the article could come away with the wrong idea of what happened. Also, please leave our teacher out of this- she has taught us plenty. Enough to know that if a whole classroom of students and 2 teachers jump to the same conclusion, other people will too. Not only do you seem to have a problem with our teacher, you seem to have a problem with the fact that these comments are from a high school journalism class. We are taking the class because we are passionate writers, and we CARE about accurate and professional journalism. We are not attacking anyone, just pointing out some flaws in the article that could have unintended consequences.
cville October 23, 2012 at 11:04 PM
I agree with the students, following the sensational headline, Mr. Goldfard should have taken the time to find out who was using the fields that day. It would be typically be used by Rec and Parks on a Saturday. Leaving out detaila aand facts, like stating the children involved were not CHS students or that this event was did not occur at a CHS actvity even though it was on school grounds is an important detail which should be included in the original article not a follow up. Lesson learned CHS students.
Joe October 23, 2012 at 11:49 PM
I feel something else is at play with you Linda. You got more going on somewhere. Yes dealt with them. As I deal with people of all kinds every day. As we all deal with our workmates and family daily. We deal with our problems with money and relationships. AS for Grovers? We were teenagers dear. Grover was mild and not in any way derogatory, only descriptive. WE knew who they were and they knew who had the cigarettes and change. They got them from us. Your attack on my motives is disgusting and all wrong. Your thoughts of a 15 year old high school student calling a resident of SG a Grover is somehow what is wrong with the world is bizarre.
Joe October 23, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Oh, Linda, who is in the red brick buildings at the Grove?
Joe October 23, 2012 at 11:51 PM
"following the sensational headline" Students, isn't that what you are taught?
Aparna October 24, 2012 at 12:02 AM
@Joe We are taught about differences between hard and soft news and how a journalist can use 'sensational headlines' to reel the reader in. Apparently, that's what happened here.
Joe October 24, 2012 at 12:40 AM
You will go places Aparna. The writer has that choice. You recognized it. Thanks for the tip.
chsmm1 October 24, 2012 at 02:00 AM
the wording of the title of this article is very misleading and then the 1st couple of sentences should have been clearer.. the title implies it happen IN the school not grounds surrounding the school and the that teens were assaulted after a football game implying a HS game.. i had to reread this article to see that it was middle school age kids at a rec league football game.. the author was trying to grab people's attention and it worked
Nicole Stafford October 24, 2012 at 02:14 AM
@catons-villian As a student of CHS, and as a student of the journalism class you are refering to, I would more then happy to inform you that we are taught reading comprehension, and we were taught to read facts. The facts that are in this article may be straight from the source but it is the title of the article that seems misleading and can be easy misinterpreted.
Aparna October 24, 2012 at 02:24 AM
@Joe Thank you, sir.
kacey October 24, 2012 at 03:04 AM
Good for you, journalism students. It's hard though to not get emotional when a story includes your school. Good job, comets.
kacey October 24, 2012 at 03:06 AM
Also, your teachers are instilling independence in your work. :)
Mari October 24, 2012 at 03:22 AM
This article is a PRIME example of why I have stopped reading the Catonsville Patch on a regular basis. The site has gone downhill rapidly since Penny left. Even if the article is "factual", the implication/assumption/inference is that this occurred after a CHS football game. A simple check of the school's website athletics page would have Mr. Goldfarb would have been able to confirm this. Instead the last sports story is dated October 10 and concerns the Orioles. It is now 11:20 p.m., nearly 8 hours after Mr. Goldfarb posted in CYA comment that "he was still checking". You've got an article that has raised the ire of a number of people and you can't be bothered to post an update? Again, this is one reason I've stopped reading the Patch (this article showed up in my e-mail and I knew some of the students were upset about it which is why I checked today), P.S. The other reason - the hate and venom, in the comments section especially on political articles.
Mari October 24, 2012 at 03:26 AM
Let me rephrase this: With a simple check of the school's website athletics page Mr. Goldfarb would have been able to confirm that there was no home game for CHS and that they played in the afternoon at Milford Mill. Heavens, if the Patch still covered sports he could have confirmed this. Instead the last Patch sports story is dated October 10 and concerns the Orioles. Obviously, I shouldn't type after 11 p.m.
jodi corbitt October 24, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Extremely misleading headline- sensationalism at its best- disappointed in the Patch Editor
2195 October 24, 2012 at 02:08 PM
I would also like to remind people that the author of this article did not speak to anyone in the high nor did he speak to any representitives of the catonsville stars rec football team. This whole article is misleading.
2195 October 24, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Let me also say, parents should keep a better watch on there kids. I have been to a handful of rec football games that were held at the Catonsville High turf, and I have observed plenty of times young females willingly walking into the woods with males. This happens almost all the time. If this article is true, I do feel compasion for these victims. But, with the incident still under investigation, these females could have gone willingly into the woods with these males. From experience we do know that when kids get stuck in a sticky situation their imaginations can run wild, and they will say anything to make it seem as though they were not at fault. We need more information and details.
Lendora Waddy October 24, 2012 at 10:33 PM
These girls DID NOT go into willingly! They were at a rec game with other family members who are the parents of some of the players. Be careful of what you assume! Be careful of what you say! Here's a detail for you-cause it can be harmful to your health! Disrepect my granddaughter again and I will be up close and personal with you! I'm family member that don't take no SHIT! Yeah I went & graduated from Catonsville. Sexual assaults happen all over the world. Catonsville is not exempt! Now, if anybody has anything to say negative about my granddaughter, STEP TO ME! Lendora Waddy 410-717-8602.
MarylandMama October 25, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Reread the article. The headline states simply *teens* (they are 13), *sexually assaulted* (rape is one form of sexual assault, there are others) and *at CHS* (which could be in the building or on the school grounds.) The text also states *around 9:30pm* ("when") and *into the wooded area* ("where at the school") and clearly stated that while the victims do not attend CHS, the perpetrators' schools are unknown. I drew the conclusion that several young women who are not CHS students were attacked on CHS property at 9:30pm. There is nothing in the article to conclude either good or bad about CHS itself or its student body. I wouldn't go so far as to say "CHS has always been revered," but if the community's opinion of CHS is compromised by this incident, then there wasn't much of a reputation to begin with. Loyalty is good. Blind loyalty, based on emotions rather than facts, is not.
MarylandMama October 25, 2012 at 12:30 AM
CHS students are to be commended for their loyalty to their school. I'm impressed that they are going to these lengths to defend their school's reputation. However, there's a saying "Never assume anything. It makes an 'ass' out of 'u' and 'me.'" By reading their own meanings into the reported facts, the students themselves drew the erroneous conclusions that CHS students had been insulted, and their school faulted for this incident. Loyalty is good; blind loyalty is not. Most importantly, it doesn't even matter whether the game was a HS or a Rec game. What matters is that these young women, who had every right to watch a community game in safety, were inappropriately touched & hurt by other bystanders! Rather than attacking the reporter over perceived insults to the CHS community, why not focus on what CHS, and the larger community of which it is a part, can do to protect all of our young people from another incident like this one?
cb150 October 25, 2012 at 12:34 AM
MarylandMama: The article has been edited and added to since these comments were posted. As it stands now your conclusion is totally right. If you read this article yesterday you would have most likely come to a different conclusion.
Bruce Goldfarb (Editor) October 25, 2012 at 01:37 AM
I would welcome the opportunity to meet with the journalism students at Catonsville High School and talk about the news and this story.
Aparna October 25, 2012 at 02:18 AM
@Bruce Goldfrab Hopefully that can be arranged. It would be very interesting and thought provoking, sir.
MarylandMama October 25, 2012 at 03:19 AM
cb150: I *did* read the article yesterday but did not have time to comment until tonight. Although I cited the headline as currently written, I stand by my comments. Journalism students, of all people, need to go beyond a quick reading before drawing conclusions. As a Catonsville resident and mother of a 14-yr old, I was more bothered by responses to the article. Young women were hurt, which in itself isn't a negative reflection on CHS. The fact that the CHS student outcry was directed at perceived negative publicity, with no sign of concern for the victims, *does* reflect on the CHS community, and I find it deeply disturbing. CHS does not exist in a vacuum; it is part of the larger community, and if our community is not safe for others, then no CHS student is safe either.
Tracee October 26, 2012 at 02:18 AM
I would disagree with you about the article being misleading and bias...it only states the facts that two 13 year old girls were sexually assaulted @ CHS after a football game. It doesn't state the girls went to CHS, nor does it state that the football game was CHS. In case anyone doesn't know, the Catonsville Stars rec football program uses CHS's fields for their Saturday games and I know for fact, that particular Saturday was a "home" game day for them. One could conclude then, that these girls were only there watching some of their friends play football. The article does not state the assault happened inside the school, but unfortunately, the grounds and woods surrounding the school are part of CHS, so again, not misleading or bias. I would encourage you as students to gather your facts before jumping to the conclusion that The Patch is dragging your school through the mud.
Tracee October 26, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Well said Maryland Mama and I agree 100%. My 13 year old has hung out with friends on a Saturday to watch rec football games @ CHS. So, it is more disturbing to me to hear this has happened, then nit picking the article for bias and misleading information. Why are we more concerned about the "reputation" of CHS, then what happened to these girls.


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