BRUNSWICK, Maine — Chaz Wing was 12 when they cornered him in the school bathroom.
The students who tormented him were children, too, entering the age of pimples and cracking voices.
And with school reputations and funding at stake, there is tremendous pressure to hide such violence.
Commentators from Left and Right would rightly unite in decrying the crisis and the entrenched complacency that led to it. As the National Catholic Register's reporter Wayne Laugesen points out, the federal report said 422,000 California public-school students would be victims before graduation — a number that dwarfs the state's entire Catholic-school enrollment of 143,000.
Eventually, he swore under oath, the boys raped him and left him bleeding, the culmination of a year of harassment.
Though Chaz repeatedly told teachers and administrators about the insults and physical attacks, he didn't report being sexually assaulted until a year later, launching a long legal fight over whether his school had done enough to protect him.
He led the team with 74 hits including 16 doubles while batting .307 with five home runs and 28 RBI.
He posted a .953 fielding percentage in 277 total chances and played error-free over the final 21 games of the season.