Bixby residents in shock over sexual assault allegations
BIXBY, Okla. (KTUL) —
Football is something to shout about in the community of Bixby, but ask anyone on the street about the allegations of sexual assault and you're lucky to get a whisper.
Like a ghost town, more than half a dozen people said "thanks but no thanks" when we asked for their thoughts. When we reached out to the president of the Bixby Quarterback Club, no comment. In fact, this story was about to be how no one would talk when we happened to stop by the Express Lane convenience store on the way out of town.
"I definitely have really good memories of that school," said 19-year-old Shawn Farooqui. He graduated last May and had actually heard about what supposedly happened through the grapevine long before it hit the news.
"I didn't know the location. I didn't know who did it, but all it was just, you know, a couple guys held down a kid and then what happened had happened," Farooqui said.
His first reaction, naturally, was shock, and then, a question.
"That was my first question, I was like, 'What did he do?' Like I don't understand what you could do to deserve that, but that was my first question to my friend, I was like, 'What did he do?' And he was like, 'He didn't do anything,'" Farooqui said.
Inevitably, the mind wonders how anyone could allegedly do such a thing, and the first answer is peer pressure.
"Maybe that's what it was, maybe it was just like, 'Yeah well my friend's doing it so I guess I got to now,'" he said.
So far, no charges have been filed, but if and when they are Farooqui has some thoughts about them.
"I think definitely they should be punished, they shouldn't get a slap on the wrist or anything I mean they're almost adults, they should be tried that way," he said.