November 01, 2003
Catholic High School Girls In Trouble

Actually, it's more like Catholic High School Girls In Pursuit Of Vigilante Justice, as noted by Pete:

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (Reuters) -- A man described by authorities as a known sexual predator was chased through the streets of South Philadelphia by an angry crowd of Catholic high school girls, who kicked and punched him after he was tackled by neighbors, police said Friday.

Rudy Susanto, 25, who had exposed himself to teen-age girls on as many as seven occasions outside St. Maria Goretti School, struck again on Thursday just as students were being dismissed, police said.

But this time, a group of girls in school uniforms angrily confronted Susanto with help from some neighbors, police said.

When Susanto tried to run, more than 20 girls chased him down the block. Two men from the neighborhood caught him and the girls took their revenge.

As one of Pete's commenters noted, the beating he received most likely enhanced the experience for him. He may feel differently when the guys in his cell block hear about it, though.

Also noted by Atrios, who brings up the issue that vigilante justice is generally not a good thing. This is true, and there are good reasons to temper one's cheers for the girls, and particularly the neighbors who witnessed the beating. The possibility of the suspect pulling a knife or gun and defending himself, for example, should give pause. That said, it's hard not to empathize with victims who fight back. In the absense of any further evidence, I'll file this under Things I'm Not Too Worried About.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on November 01, 2003 to Crime and Punishment | TrackBack
The possibility of the suspect pulling a knife or a gun...

As I'm picturing the "Expose yourself to art" type flasher-in-a-raincoat, the sentence above begs the question "out of where?"

Posted by: Michael on November 1, 2003 9:39 AM

It turns out the suspect did pull out a Swiss Army Knife, but it was kicked away by one of the girls. That was at least what the New York Daily News reported on this.

Posted by: William Hughes on November 1, 2003 10:33 AM

I'm picturing the "Expose yourself to art" type flasher-in-a-raincoat

You do know that the guy in that poster went on to become the Mayor of Portland, Oregon, right?

Posted by: Charles Kuffner on November 1, 2003 12:49 PM

So do you think this is why the FBI is bugging the mayor's office in Philly?

The Cronk brief on this says the girls "subdued" him. A kick to the crotch from a pair of patent leather shoes will do that. Some of the chicas are appearing on CNN...

Posted by: Michael on November 1, 2003 1:21 PM

When I read this story, I couldn't help but think of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' song "Catholic Schoolgirls Rule".

That's the sum of my commentary on this matter.


Posted by: Mark on November 1, 2003 5:24 PM

Apparently I'm not the only one with Kentucky Fried Movie on the brain...

Posted by: Laurence Simon on November 1, 2003 6:30 PM