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High School Students Show Support For Classmates Charged With Rape, Bully Victims

Students at Torrington High School in Connecticut have been protesting the arrest of two high school football players after they were charged with sexually assaulting two 13-year-olds.

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Gonzalez and Toribio were arrested in Feburary, but the third, the 17-year-old, was arrested on March 20.

The incident happened in fall 2012. All three students were suspended, facing possible expulsion. The details of the case have been sealed by a judge.

Gonzalez is currently in custody at New Haven Correctional Center and has an April 2 court date. Toribio posted his $100,000 bail and is currently under electronic monitoring. His court date is scheduled for April 23.

Both students are pleading not guilty to the charges of felony second-degree sexual assault.


Traub told ABC News:

"There seem to be murmurs of confusion over definitions of what, unfortunately, statutory rape is and what bullying is… So we want to make sure everybody understands and everybody is on the same page… The problem is these topics are so huge, and the different levels of topics we have to discuss -- one meeting isn't enough… Each topic takes probably five hours [to discuss], so we need to know that we have the time to accomplish it."

Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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