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Turtleboy Investigates: West Boylston HS Mom’s Viral Facebook Post Is Probably A Huge Lie

We’ve investigated the story about the West Boylston HS student whose mother claims he was suspended for helping out a special needs student who soiled himself, and it turns out she was probably lying. 

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At Turtleboy Sports we have a general policy of keeping kids out of it. Once you turn 18 and start doing stupid things publicly, then you’re fair game to be criticized. But kids should be left out of it. However, there might not be anything lower than purposely dragging your kid into a public spectacle, especially when you’re lying.

That’s what we have here in a story that has gone viral from West Boylston. A mother named Kristin Rucci shared this message on Facebook:

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That story sounded extremely shady. I mean, I don’t know this kid, but doesn’t he seem a little TOO good to be true? And since when is it the policy of a public high school to have a high school student bring a special needs student into the bathroom and “clean him up” after he urinates in his pants? Isn’t that why we pay taxes? Plus, if this story were in fact true, all the kid would have to do is simply explain to the principal what happened and this all goes away.

As you can see the parent SOUGHT out the media. We did not look for her. Her exact words were, “I have been encouraged to contact the media.” Well, we are the media, and we are here to talk about your story. We are not your cheerleader and we will call this as we see it. Your Facebook post has been shared on Facebook nearly 10,000 times. Thus you have destroyed the reputation of a school, it’s teachers, and administrators, without giving them a chance to explain their side of the story. You better hope it’s true.

This post right here says it all:

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You should go to the media. Not Turtleboy though.” You know why she said that? Because she knows the “media” won’t get the real story. Turtleboy on the other hand is addicted to the truth. We’ll see right through the bullshit and call you out on it. Stay away if you have something to hide. Far, far away.

So we checked out some of the comments under her post and this one stood out:

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Hmmmm, “no stranger to frivolous suspensions.” First of all, if you’re blaming the school for your kid’s suspensions (multiple) then you’re a HUGE part of everything that is wrong with society today. Nothing is EVER anyone’s fault anymore. It’s always “The Man’s” fault. Accountability for your actions? Fuck that. I’m getting a lawyer and blaming everyone else instead.

More importantly though, if your kid has a habit of getting suspended from school, it’s probably more than just an unfortunate set of misunderstandings. And since MOM asked for the media to investigate, we did exactly that. And the first and most obvious place to investigate are Facebook and Twitter – two of the most heavily trafficked websites in the world:

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Hey Mom, you might wanna take a look at this. It’s open to the public. What’s most disgusting about this is that the kid is sitting back and bragging about the fact that she’s made him a viral sensation on Facebook. Guess what’s gonna happen if Turtleboy Jr. ever gets suspended? No social media. Ever. Digging holes in the backyard. Then I’m gonna stand there and make him fill the hole back in for absolutely no reason. Getting suspended is supposed to SUCK. But instead he’s sitting at home on his iPhone bragging about his bulldog mother who’s using him as a prop in her crusade against a high school.


Notice that it’s never his fault either. Gee, I wonder where he gets that from? Lots of honors students get removed from school by the police. I’m sure that was another incident where the cops were called because he was helping a special needs kid who had an accident.

This is also a good thing:

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Yup, no enabling going on here.


Then you have brilliant posts like this:

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Hey genius, Super Mom ASKED for us to post about her child. The last thing that would ever be on our docket was West Boylston High School. But she put the call out for the media, and here we are. She obviously thought we were dumb enough to take what she said at face value, so she thought we’d join her digital lynch mob. But instead we found out the truth and now this makes us a “digital predator.” MOST DEFINITELY!!!

So basically what they wanted the “media” to do is investigate and write about this story, as long as we took a biased slant that took a second hand story from a kid with a history of suspensions at his word. Sorry, we’re too committed to the truth at Turtleboy. If you want something like that call up the Boston Globe. They’re glamorizing Bella Bond’s sperm donor right now, but maybe they can put you on their list.


We wanted to get some first hand accounts of what happened. We were unable to get a comment from the principals obviously, but we did hear from someone who works in the building. This is what they said:

Her son, Jake, took these two mentally disabled students into a locker room, forced them to fight, and then recorded it. This boy has been in school for two full days this year, yet we have had twelve days of school. He is a constant problem. Mom knows the facts, yet she is parading like her son is the victim. Absolutely ridiculous. 

I’m not saying this is true, but this person, unlike Mom, is unbiased, and aspects of her story are consistent and present another side to the story. For instance she claims that the kid has been suspended for 10 of the 12 school days this year. This is confirmed by the the multiple tweets since school started complaining about being suspended.

Look, this is a shitty situation all around. But when you go after and bad mouth an entire school where innocent, hard working people are trying to do their job every day, you better be damn sure that you’re in the right. But clearly there is way more to this story. But it didn’t stop the online mob from coming out with their digital pitchforks:

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“We saw something on the Internet so it must be true.” Buffalo Bruises is now hiring!!

This is the garbage that pissed Turtleboy off. There’s nothing worse than overbearing parents who think they know it all. And this type of shit doesn’t happen in Worcester either, where parents are either supportive of the teachers, or just don’t give a shit. But this whole, “I’m gonna get a lawyer and raise hell if my kid ever gets in trouble” is a suburban phenomenon. Nothing is ever junior’s fault in the burbs.

This woman has severely damaged the reputation of a school that apparently did nothing wrong except to suspend a student who broke a lot of really good rules. This is why Turtleboy exists though. To find and uncover the truth. Have something to hide? Don’t put out a Facebook message asking for the media to investigate, because that’s exactly what we’re going to do.






















48 Comment(s)
  • Poor you! Blah!
    October 2, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    So what’s the latest???

    • Margaret Graczyk
      January 9, 2016 at 1:48 am

      As of January 8, 2016, the Momma’s story is trending on Newslinq.
      Seems like dirty laundry gets recycled as often as bad news. 😛

  • Anonymous
    September 23, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    I was a student at that school for 3 years. I used to know Jake, I wasn’t particularly friends with him, but I was acquainted with him fairly well. Jake isn’t a star kid by any means, but he does usually help out people when he can. However, Jake’s demeanor isn’t why I believe the story. The reason I believe the story is because I know the Principal and Vice Principal very well- and they are two of the most awful people I have ever met in my life. They are the type of people who ruin the experience of education, make you terrified to go to school, and get enjoyment out of punishing children. They made my life so miserable that I had to change schools because I was on the verge of truly breaking down.

    I don’t know if I believe Jake or his mothers story, but I know that you can’t trust a single word that the administration at that school says.

    To turtleboy: I’m willing to talk about the experiences I had there if you are interested, I left my legitimate email.

    • Laura
      September 23, 2015 at 6:52 pm

      Did you not catch the memo about an entire new administration??? If you went to WB for 3 years, however many years ago, you didn’t interact with these people…. Plus the sheer fact that the story does not add up at all… wake up and smell the coffee.

    • Nope, no thanks
      September 23, 2015 at 10:16 pm

      It sounds like you attended during the Larry Murphy era. So did my child, unfortunately. Why they pulled him out of retirement to be the principal is a mystery. He was the worst school administrator I’ve ever encountered. And he won some bogus “Principal of the Year” award from a bunch of other loser principals and then acted like it was some great honor. I’m sorry you had such a hard time while you were there. High school should be one of the best times of your life and it’s too bad that Murphy ruined it for so many kids. My best to you in the future. You’ll see that high school really doesn’t matter in the long run.

  • September 23, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    It looks like she deleted the rant from Facebook. I wonder why????

  • Local legend
    September 22, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    I agree if this kid is lying the mother should publicly apologize to the school or ban her Elizebeths Grady buisness spread the word. This kid is a weasel

  • Ralph
    September 22, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    If it turns out Rucci is lying, people should boycott her Elizabeth Grady Day Spa in Millbury. She should be held accountable for dragging our town through the mud because she is unwilling to take responsibility for her child.

    • Poor you! Blah!
      September 22, 2015 at 9:19 pm

      She only has that because she took advantage of a nice person that didn’t see her for who she really is! Can not imagine it’s doing well with Kristi as the face!

  • Local legend
    September 22, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    This kid is a straight ponk look at him complete Dream boot from the burbs who thinks he is tough. His punishment should be to spend the night in lower main south see how he handles that the little pussy. But make sure we leave him some diapers he will need thwm.

  • tom mahoney
    September 22, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    You’re nuts. Its not the job of the tax payers to discipline this clown, because Mama Rucci isn’t able to. It sounds to me like the school is doing their part by suspending this kid, a little consistency at home would help. Not working? Ok expel him, its Mama Rucci’s problem to find and fund alternative education now! This is not about this kid not being educated at school, its about him not being disciplined at home. It’s Plain as day when mommy wants the school admin hung out to dry for putting the hammer down. What about the education of those special needs kids, and every other kid in that school who actually give a shit about learning!

    • BlackandWhite
      September 22, 2015 at 1:22 pm

      Sorry, but I didn’t write the rules or laws. The department of education and politicians are the ones that write these laws. THEY are the ones that are nuts. Those who complain about these laws being “fair” — I suggest YOU write your local representative and express your concerns and perhaps tell THEM they are nuts.

      According to the laws, it is the responsibility of the state and taxpayers to educate children. If a student is not learning in their educational setting, then the administration must find an alternative learning environment at the taxpayers expense (mostly their town taxpayers). READ THE LAWS. And just to repeat — I didn’t write those laws.

      • Anonymous
        September 22, 2015 at 1:35 pm

        Who pays for kids who go to jail?

        • BlackandWhite
          September 22, 2015 at 2:25 pm

          “Were you born yesterday or still living in your Mommy’s cellar?”

          Google, read the laws and educate yourself.

      • Robin Hessmann
        January 9, 2016 at 8:27 am

        That does not include behavioral issues and discipline matters. The educators and curriculum are not being called into question. ..it’s the future inmate! That is when the financial responsibility falls to the deadbeat who’s too busy being a drama seeker, to be a disciplinarian!

      September 22, 2015 at 1:29 pm


  • BlackandWhite
    September 22, 2015 at 11:57 am

    I still would like to know the actual wording/reason on their designated form for the suspension in accordance to the WeBo High School Handbook.

    Sounds like WBHS should send him to a different school (all at the taxpayers expense) if they cannot handle him on a day-to-day basis. A different school and transportation are not cheap, either. Guess it would be worth it for the taxpayers since they are not educating this student in any way.

    • Anonymous
      September 22, 2015 at 12:45 pm

      Were you born yesterday or still living in your Mommy’s cellar? This is a crime not a handbook violation. Black and white enough for you?

      • BlackandWhite
        September 22, 2015 at 1:32 pm

        A crime? Why were the police not called and why were charges not pressed?
        And what would the charges be?

        • Poor you! Blah!
          September 22, 2015 at 9:17 pm

          Wait until they get the investigation done.. Whaaaa kid thinks he’s going to be rich, Not

      September 22, 2015 at 1:30 pm

      Lmfao it’s all the mom, not the school. again with the new administration, how is it he schools fault when two different principals at separate times can’t handle him?

    • Poor you! Blah!
      September 22, 2015 at 9:11 pm

      He has been to multiple schools! From what I heard!

      • ...
        September 23, 2015 at 9:34 pm

        He went to Leominster via school choice.

  • Renee Keener
    September 22, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Let’s just say that everything the mother posted was true – and that’s a bit concession. Even then, why is it considered okay for a student to privately “clean up” a special needs student? The school cannot and should not allow that – it’s an abuse situation waiting to happen! I’m all for good deeds but come on- this story is dodgy as hell.

    • Kathy
      September 22, 2015 at 11:36 pm


  • Publius
    September 22, 2015 at 10:31 am

    The mother has been called out big time. Momma should have been careful what she asked for and the kid. Lets just say doubt this is the last time TBS hears about it. Stupid is as stupid does.

    September 22, 2015 at 10:28 am

    I’ve tried to stay far away from this comment box as much as possible, but I just can’t anymore. I’ve had Jake Rucci when he was younger at the elementary school and all we had were problems with him every single week! There is sooooo much more to this story and everyone who lives in this town knows it. Jake has been a horrible influence on many including my own family in the past.


    Uhm hello…. I had my problems with Larry Murphy, don’t get me wrong he was a dick, but the administration is brand new, and they’ve never dealt with Jake Rucci before. Obviously if he’s having issues with old administration AND NEW, there’s clearly a fucking problem.

    Sorry Kristi, but I know you as well. You look like a crack head and act like one too. Clearly you sucked as a parent to BOTH of your children and now you’re trying to cover your tracks. Why don’t you actually try disciplining your child correctly for once and this shit wouldn’t happen.

    I mean cmon she’s just as much of a bully as her son is. She ripped, I repeat RIPPED a jersey from another boys hands during pop warner football season because her son wanted that number instead. Fucking pathetic.

    • Nope, no thanks
      September 22, 2015 at 2:23 pm

      Well, I do agree with you about Larry Murphy. I don’t know anything about the new administration. But my kid left that school with a very bad taste in her mouth – and she was a straight-A student and very well-behaved.

    • Poor you! Blah!
      September 22, 2015 at 9:09 pm

      Amen sister!!!

  • M
    September 22, 2015 at 10:24 am

    I go to school here now and there was no way Jake was going to get away with this. It was only a matter of time. The poor administartion. I agree with the post above, the two new administartion are saints and they have made school so much better for me already.

  • Anonymous
    September 22, 2015 at 10:19 am

    When I first saw this post my first thoughts were, why would a mom ever post something like this? Like grow up and get off social media. You are only hurting your son worse. If you were smart at all you would realize that this story is not all true. Why would a school suspend a student for helping a disabled student out? Expecially the new administration that they now have? Those guys are saints. I am honestly sad for your son and everything that he has to go through now. Think before you act. That poor administration has probably lost so much sleep over your sons lies. Karma always wins.

  • Poor you! Blah!
    September 22, 2015 at 9:56 am

    Seriously Ms. Rucci MOVE. And if you can’t afford it school choice JAKE to Worcester better yet East Middle! Maybe he will learn a lesson! He should be expelled. Arrested for child endangerment! Wonder what kind of ” fight” it was! You and his reputation has always been forewarned to many many many of us in town! Shame on you with your big ass fat mouth and wash your kids mouth out with some soap! Be a mother not a bully … Apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!!!

    • As
      September 22, 2015 at 11:24 am

      Why are you telling her to move? I don’t know the lady. But, I DO know West Boylston has a huge section 8 complex out there as do most surrounding towns don’t kid yourself. Your not living anywhere special.

      • WildwoodOrDie
        September 22, 2015 at 3:03 pm

        She’s telling her to move because obviously West Boylston High School isn’t working out for this “little angel” Jake if he’s been suspended for 10 out of the first 12 days of school. It has nothing to do with living situations.

      • Poor you! Blah!
        September 22, 2015 at 9:07 pm

        Oh don’t go there! I know all too well! But shame on you cuz it’s people like this that try to prove your point!

  • strata
    September 22, 2015 at 9:43 am

    I love when TB calls out people he believes are lying, deceiving, or full of BS ……… and TB is usually always right on. And the majority, I mean, overwhelming majority of people agree with him.

  • Court
    September 22, 2015 at 8:47 am

    Not sure how it works in WB High Schools, or High Schools in general, but, at my kids elementary school, children with Special Needs have 504s. They have aides that stay with them. Could you imagine if this happened in Worcester?!?! The ONLY victims in this situation, are those 2 young men.

    • Brad pitt
      September 22, 2015 at 11:24 am

      I do go to w.b and yes Jake does get in trouble sometime but he always helps The special needs kids he is a great kid for help in those boys out .I don’t think the 2special-needs guys was fighting he really did Pee himself that’s a fact so y was none of the parents called. I want to see proof of him telling these kids to fight . If not leave him alone

      • fattydaddy
        September 22, 2015 at 11:52 am

        Douche, friend of jake? PUNK

      • Denise
        September 22, 2015 at 12:56 pm

        Your English is atrocious. I’m sure West Boylston High is thrilled to have you part of their community.

      • 2special-needs guys was fighting
        August 7, 2017 at 8:49 pm

        This comment shows the quality of the WB schools. Good stuff.

  • Mariah
    September 22, 2015 at 8:31 am

    Interesting, considering I attended the high school in question and can say that yes the school can be unfair but I do remember problems with this kid. I’ll be interested to see how this all plans out. The principals not that much of a jerk to suspend him if he was helping them.

  • Tom mahoney
    September 22, 2015 at 8:27 am

    If this champion of the special needs community did, in fact, host a bare knuckle boxing match in the locker room, then mommy owes a great big apology to the school administrators.

  • A Mom
    September 22, 2015 at 7:30 am

    When I first saw the shared fb post pop up on my feed, my immediate questions were why would he bring a third student with him and why didn’t he bring the student to the nurse? I don’t know these people but have friends with connections to Webo. I also figured there had to be more to the story. Mom jumped the gun with junior’s fabricated story…

    • Kathy
      September 22, 2015 at 11:30 pm

      my thoughts exactly, I was thinking it was ‘creepy’ for a boy to bring not one, but 2 boys to the bathroom to ‘clean them up’ after soiling themselves… THAT is a red flag right there! did they have new clothes? what exactly did he do to ‘clean them up’ ?

  • Stephanie
    September 22, 2015 at 7:23 am

    I deleted my share of the story on my facebook. Keep up the good work!

  • Anonymous
    September 22, 2015 at 6:44 am

    I’m going to say before I make any comment this all opinion and not fact. I have known Jake Rucci for many years from school and from outside of school. When I first saw the post about his “wrongful persecution”, it raised my eyebrow a little bit. Had he gone the straight and narrow? Last time I remember, he was still causing trouble like always. Now I’ll be one of many to say the West Boylston School Administration is by no means perfect. Compared to the high school I transferred to, they have a lot of improving to do if they want to even begin to become a decent school. But I would not put suspending a kid for a good deed past the WB school system. But when it comes to someone such as the student in question that leads me to believe there is quite a bit more to the story, than is being told. My honest opinion, is that he manufactured this story and his poor mother took that story at face value, ran with it, and make a media mockery out of herself in the proccess. Turtle boy has got it figured out this is nothing more than Jake Rucci up to his usual dirty work. If anything they should expel him because he has given too much trouble to the WB system as is.

  • URoCK!!!
    September 22, 2015 at 12:15 am

    And this is why we have a bunch of entitled douche bags thinking they can get away with whatever they wantits classic sociopathic behavior act like Mr Perfect then go around deliberately preying on innocent unsuspecting victims then crying martyr, I pray the parents of those boys read turtle boy and comment. Our society is literally fucked because of incompetent enabling parents! Rock On Turtleboy! This kid will be in jail by 19 for being so stupid, we can only hope. Little cocky prick and stupid ass mother…ugh!

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