Michelle Brown said her son is devastated, and so is she.
â€œBesides one of my kids dying, that is like the worst news that a parent could ever get,â€ Brown said.
She said her son was harassed and humiliated by a 16- and 17-year-old camp counselor during a week-long summer program at Camp Condor near Pine Mountain.
It started with wrestling.
â€œThe boys, the older boys, the counselors, put their crotches in their face, and made like humping motions,â€ Brown said. â€œThey said their clothes weren’t taken off or anything.â€
Brown said it left her son emotionally scarred, and her angry.
She said camp administrators didnâ€™t notify her of what happened, so she sent her son back to camp for a second week.
â€œIt infuriated me because my son was up there around the two boys, because they didn’t send them home,â€ said Brown. â€œThey just put them on maintenance, so my son had to go back up there and see them.â€
The campâ€™s treasurer said she immediately filled out a report and contacted the Sheriffâ€™s Department.
Detectives investigated and eventually the teenage counselor was charged.
â€œThe counselor and counselor-in-training were asked to leave the mountain immediately,â€ said Camp Condor Treasurer Maryanne Hawkins.
The camp, Hawkins said, does not condone the accused teens’ type of behavior.
â€œIn fact, all counselors went through training prior to kids arriving at camp,â€ Hawkins said.
Brown said sheâ€™s pressing for criminal charges for her sonâ€™s attackers, or at least counseling.
â€œObviously they need help,â€ she said. â€œThat’s not normal to do to a little kid.â€
The mother of one of the counselors charged in the case said heâ€™s a good kid who has never been in trouble with the law.
She declined to be interviewed on camera, but said she will fight her sonâ€™s charges because the camp knew about and accepted the hazing practices.
That is an allegation the camp adamantly denies.