When a teammate held out his arms after football practice in their high school locker-room, the boy thought he was about to get a hug. As the teammate restrained the boy, another football player allegedly thrust a coat hanger into the boy’s rectum.
The family's attorneys in the civil suit say the victim, who is black, was physically attacked and called "Kool-Aid," "chicken-eater," "watermelon" and the N-word by his white teammates of the football team.
23, 2015 in the Dietrich High locker room after a game.
According to the lawsuit, one boy offered the victim a hug, then held him down as Ward forced the hanger into his rectum.
The dismissal of the felony charge of sexual penetration with a foreign object happened during a Tuesday pretrial hearing. MORE: White Dietrich football players accused of raping mentally disabled black teammate in locker room Howard, Ward and a 15-year-old boy who is also charged as a juvenile, are accused of using a coat hanger to rape an 18-year-old student with mental disabilities, causing injuries that sent him to the hospital.
Officials have released little information about the alleged assault.
6, 2015, report that he and Principal Stephanie Shaw "used disciplinary action to address misconduct." Details of who was disciplined and how were not disclosed. Howard of Keller, Texas, is the only defendant in the case being tried as an adult.