Audrie Pott: California Girl Who Committed Suicide After Gang Rape, Online Bullying May Get Justice
Audrie Pott committed suicide in September after pictures of her alleged gang rape spread throughout her high school, but it now appears her family may see justice.
Police have arrested three teenage boys in connection to what police say was sexual assault of the 15-year-old California high school student. The attackers allegedly took pictures during the assault, later publishing them online and spreading them around school.
“Based on what we know, she was unconscious, there were multiple boys in the room with her,” said Robert Allard, an attorney representing the family of Audrie Potts. “They did unimaginable things to her while she was unconscious.”
The situation only got worse for Audrie Potts. As the pictures of her rape spread throughout the school, the 15-year-old was left devastated.
“The whole school knows…. My life is ruined,” she wrote on Facebook.
Audrie Potts committed suicide on September 10, 2012, eight days after the gang rape allegedly took place. Her parents said they knew noting about the rape or pictures being spread throughout her school until after Audrie was already dead.
It appears officials at Audrie’s school were equally ignorant about the situation. Shortly after her suicide, her high school principal Paul Robinson tried to quash rumors that bullying led to her death. Robinson said the rumor was as far from the truth as it can be.”
“What I’d like the community to know is to not believe that everything on the Internet is true,” he said. “There are so many rumors flying around. And I know in the absence of information, it’s easy to fill that void with conjecture and a lot of different things.
“The tragedy of this is the loss of a very young and promising life. What led to that point is a million different things that happened over a lifetime that led someone to a decision to take their own life. To believe that there was one thing that happened, especially in this case, is not right. That wasn’t it.”
The boys arrested in connection to the Audrie Potts gang rape case are all 16 years old and face charges of sexual battery. They are being held a a juvenile hall until a detention hearing early next week.