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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Many members of a Florida middle school's flag football team were in the locker room when a 13-year-old boy was sexually assaulted by some of his teammates with a hockey stick and broomstick, according to court documents released Tuesday.
The teen told a detective that two teammates penetrated him with a stick as many as a dozen times while two others held him down. He said "basically the whole team" was in the room. The boy said the sexual assaults happened over a period several weeks but it was unclear how many times.
It only lasted for about 15-20 seconds then we all stopped and walked away," one wrote. "After it happened I walked up and said we were just playing around and didn't mean to hurt his feelings."
The bullying—including sexual assaults—had gone on for months, officials said, unbeknownst to the boys' coach, school administrators and the victim's parents, until the teen finally snapped.
Asked why he didn't report the assault earlier, the teen said, "I thought they would stop."
He also said that one of the suspects threatened him to keep him from coming forward.
"I'll beat you up if you tell anybody about that," he quoted one of the boys saying.
Why didn't the victim step foward?
Why didn't a single witness step forward?