The mother of a teenage boy accused of sodomizing a female classmate in the boys’ bathroom at Lindley Middle School last month has turned in her son to authorities.
Tonesa Greene said she drove her 15-year-old son, Travion Hubbard, to the Cobb County Jail on June 11. He was then transferred to a juvenile detention center.
Hubbard is being charged as an adult in the case.
Meanwhile, the mother of the girl who was reportedly raped is speaking out and alleging that the school system waited too long before telling her about the incident and that school officials lied about contacting police. She said she reported the case to police, not school administrators.
Hubbard is accused of forcing a 14-year-old girl into the boys’ bathroom at Lindley Middle in Mableton on May 1 and sodomizing her. The charges brought against him include aggravated sodomy and two counts of aggravated child molestation.
“I feel that the allegations are wrong,” Greene said Thursday. “They portray my son to be a monster, which he is not. I just want to clear his name up.”
She said she believes her son was wrong for having sex at such a young age, but she doesn’t believe he raped the girl.
Greene, who lived in Detroit, returned to Georgia recently to be with her family.
Hubbard was reportedly living with Greene’s sister at the time of the incident.
Greene said a court-appointed attorney has been assigned to her son’s case, but she could not recall the attorney’s name.
Greene also argues that the accusations are false because the girl continued to send text messages to her son after the alleged rape.
“I have text messages from her phone saying that it never happened,” she said. “It’s just sad. Maybe she was scared to tell her parents that she was having sex but for her to say that he did this, then contact him after, that don’t even seem right.”
She said she is hopeful that this evidence will hold up in court.
“My son is being railroaded over some nonsense,” she said.
The boy’s mother said he remains in a local juvenile detention center. That information was confirmed by Cobb Police.
“He’s not doing OK because it’s confusing for a young boy to be accused of something like that and he’s scared,” he said.
The girl’s mother, who asked not be identified in order to protect her child’s identity, said her daughter did send text messages to Hubbard but that she never denied that she was raped.
Her anger now is more toward the school district and how they lied, as she alleges, about the timeline of reporting the incident to police and to her.
“My daughter reported it to one of her teachers on (May 1) and the school didn’t call me until (May 2),” the mother said Thursday. “They also lied about contacting the police department and the school resource officer was not aware of it at all until (May 2).”
Who called police?
The girl’s mother said she contacted police on May 2, the day she learned of the incident, and immediately had her child get medical attention. She said a rape-kit test confirmed that her daughter had been sexually assaulted.
“They do an external exam to see if there is any bruising or tearing and then they do an internal exam,” the mother, who said she is an emergency-room nurse, explained.
“They also try to collect any semen, DNA or hair,” she said. “I’ve dealt with rape (victims at work) so I knew that collecting evidence was critical and that’s why I called the police (May 2).”
The mother also said that Lindley Assistant Principal Sabrina Richardson told her that they delayed contacting police and the child’s family because “she hears about rapes and people having sex all the time and that’s why she didn’t do anything.”
A school district spokesman explained the reporting incident differently, however.
Doug Goodwin said that on May 1 Lindley Middle School administrators were made aware of “rumors of sexual activity between students.”
“It was just rumors at that point,” Goodwin said. “Principal Mike Bivens got counselors to talk to students to get a sense of what was going on, to see if they needed to respond to anything.”
They were unsuccessful.
“On Thursday, May 2, counselors were provided with the names of students who might be involved,” he said.
One of the male administrators, who was not named, reportedly spoke to the female student but she did not talk about anything regarding a rape and left his office.
“A female administrator got her to talk and the student consented to write a report about the allegations,” Goodwin said. “And at that point, the administration reported the alleged rape and the parent was contacted.”
Goodwin said Bivens followed protocol and as soon as the rumors began he immediately “put his staff into action to try and figure out what was going on.”
He said he was unable to release any more information about the incident because it involves a criminal investigation and a student.
More to be angry about
The girl’s mother is also angry because she argues that the school allowed Hubbard back on campus May 6 and never called police to let them know he was there.
“They did not expel him,” she said. “I was told they just put him in another class.”
Goodwin said he could not speak to that but Greene confirmed that her son was allowed to return the next week.
The woman’s daughter chose to return to school that next week as well only to be “harassed” by classmates and teachers, she said.
“She wanted to go back to school,” she said, describing her child as not always being a model student but that she was on the honor roll and wouldn’t have lied about being raped.
“The school didn’t really even seem to do anything when she returned,” she said. “No counseling or anything for my daughter. They need to change policies.”
The girl’s family has continued to hear from his family, specifically the boy’s mother and aunt, who the victim’s mother said pushed her daughter to attempt suicide earlier this week.
“They victimized her and made her feel guilty for what occurred,” the mother said about her daughter. “She is in a mental health hospital now.”