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Glen Rock wrestlers ‘tea-bagging’ incident mimics others nationwide

Photo Credit: Bungie.net
Photo Credit: Bungie.net

ONLY ON CVP: Two Glen Rock High School wrestlers brought to court on delinquency complaints had been “tea-bagging” their younger middle-school counterparts — a domination tactic used by schoolyard bullies and inspired by a popular video game, a district source with direct knowledge of the incident told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .

The source pointed to online articles and You Tube videos about the demeaning practice, which involves one person holding the target down while the other rubs his crotch into his or her face.

In the common vernacular, the term is slang for a non-penetrating sex position used by consenting adults, sometimes as a form of dominance over another.

It became more widely known in mainstream culture, in part, because of the 1998 film “Pecker” and after conversations about the practice among characters during an episode of “Sex and the City.”

Over the past five years, however, youngsters throughout the country have been suspended, placed in detention or expelled for incidents that mimic the act — most of them based on a fully-outfitted soldier’s hostile stamp of final humiliation over a slain enemy in Bungie’s “Halo” series of shooter video games.

COURTESY: Bungie.net


When the behavior is considered flagant, as in Glen Rock, it is treated by school administrators and police as the juvenile equivalent of a felony.

Glen Rock Police Chief Frederick P. Stahman issued a brief statement two weeks ago saying that juvenile delinquency complaints that were signed against the two freshmen would be the equivalent of aggravated sexual contact and lewdness charges if they were adults.

The boys were scheduled for a Family Court apperance the following day.

Asked what specifically happened to bring about the delinquency complaints versus district sanctions, Stahman declined comment.

However, a district source responded to CLIFFVIEW PILOT ’s inquiry.

The Glen Rock high schoolers are both in their mid-teens; the middle-schoolers are 11. Both district and police authorities don’t consider the behavior akin to stuffing a kid into a trash can, or pulling such juvenile pranks as wedgies.

To them, it is sexual harassment at the very least and assault in the extreme, given the defenseless of the victims and the nature of the act.

It’s still unclear why both groups were left unsupervised for 20 minutes together at a joint practice.






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