H. stood at the entrance to the intensive care unit at Haifa's Rambam Medical Center yesterday, attempting to keep his facial expression from betraying the feelings raging inside. He was living every father's nightmare. His 12-year-old daughter had allegedly been raped by two of her friends. "My daughter is a victim of the teachers' strike," H. said angrily, "I blame [teachers' union head] Ran Erez. If not for the strike, it wouldn't have happened," H. said.
At 5 A.M. yesterday, H.'s ex-wife called to tell him that their daughter had been taken to Hillel Yaffeh Medical Center in Hadera. When he got there he learned that she was unconscious and mechanically ventilated.
It is believed that on Saturday night the girl went to the Pardes Hannah home of a 13-year-old boy she knew, and that he and a friend, also 13, gave her large amounts of alcohol and then raped her. The parents of the first boy were in the house at the time.
According to Hadera police commander Chief Superintendent Ran Ophir, the girl passed out early yesterday morning. The first boy told his father, who called an ambulance, and she was taken to Hillel Yaffeh in serious condition. Ophir said the boys denied any sexual contact with the girl and admitted drinking with her.
Dr. Adi Klein, director of Hillel Yaffeh's Pediatrics Department, said the girl's blood alcohol level was 500 mg/dl, 10 times the upper limit for driving and sufficient to cause her deep coma. Additional tests, the results of which are expected today, may determine whether a so-called date rape drug was also involved.
H. related yesterday that his daughter is a normal, Israeli girl, and that she is talented, smart, social and a source of pride to him. He said that she was at home until midnight on Saturday: "Apparently she got a call during the night and went out. They plied her with alcohol until she was drunk and then what happened, happened. I have no doubt that it was because of the strike. The kids are bored and looking for something to do and that leads to drinking. It must be recognized that one thing leads to another, they go to bed late and get up late. I call on Ran Erez to bring the students back to the classroom, to teach them about my daughter's case. My daughter is a victim of this strike."
The girl's condition remained critical at press time. H., his ex-wife and the rest of the girl's family want only for her to wake up.
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