A 16-year-old Florida football star was arrested for filming as many as 25 male students allegedly having sex with a female student.
The teenaged boy was arrested and charged with cruelty toward a child, allowing a child to engage in a sexual act and possession of obscene material. The teen is a junior at South For Myers High School, WBBH reported.
“A bunch of football players went into a room with a girl and had sex with her, and a bunch of the football players were suspended,” student Alex Bailey told WBBH. “So we might not have a football team this year."
A spokesperson confirmed that several students were disciplined for the incident, but the 16-year-old was the first to be arrested.
“It's like one of those things where you don't ... really ... it's just crazy. I never thought that would happen,” student Ashley Shimko said.
One mother told WINK her daughter was traumatized by the video, which quickly circulated across social media after it was filmed.
“She said, "Mom this girl head was in the toilet bowl and she looked like she was dying and there were a whole bunch of guys in there taking turns with her,'” the mother said. “It is child porn and it is happening right here in front of our face in front of our children’s face.”
The boy was released after his arrest. Many said they feel as though he shouldn’t have been singled out.
“I feel like he should not have been arrested for it, and I feel like they should've arrested everybody if they were going to arrest one person because it wasn't just him,” the boy’s friend, Jameirra, said. “Everybody who got disciplined should be charged as well because they all had something to do with it."
Parent Thomas Thayer said he feels as though incidents like the one involving the football players are signals of a slippery slope.
“I know there's a lot of problems with professional athletes and this is where it starts, right here. This is the kind of stuff that if someone does nothing about it, it keeps on going,” he said.
“I'm thinking it can happen in any school. I'm glad it wasn't my daughter and I know it can happen in any school around here. That's the way our country is. A lot of the athletes get by. And they shouldn't get by with something like that."