Georgia school lets alleged rapists freely wander campus for nearly a month after recorded assault
Three male high schoolers who were caught on tape allegedly raping a female classmate were charged with the crime — but the school failed to suspend them, 11Alive reports.
The boys, aged 18 and 17, were arrested between January 30 and February 2, and the girl reported the rape on January 7, according to the station. Parents complained they found out about the incident via the news media, not school officials.
The school district admitted to a breakdown in communication which lead to the alleged rapists wandering school grounds for nearly a month after the incident. The school’s principal, Tony Price, was placed on administrative leave as a result.
“I know that there are still many questions around the incident at Cedar Shoals High School,” Clark County School Superintendent Philip Lanoue wrote in a statement to 11Alive. “What I can share is that unfortunately, no student suspensions occurred. Disciplinary decisions are made at the school level. At the district level, we did not receive any follow-up through our police department. We did not effectively provide communication to our community. Due to breakdowns that transpired, we are working at the district level to increase checks and balances.”
Jaivous Malik Collins, 17, Markel Dereek Brannon, 18, and Xavier Marquise Clarke, 18, were all charged with counts related to the rape and are being held without bail, according to OnlineAthens.
The 15-year-old victim told authorities she was with her schoolmates in a stairwell on January 7 when the rape occurred. It was caught on camera.
“I don’t want to say how much (was recorded), but it’s enough where we felt we had the correct evidence,” Lt. Jeff Clark told OnlineAthens. “Sometimes cameras are hidden where (suspects) don’t think they are. I’m sure they would not have gone to that location if they knew cameras were there.”
Clark added that the girl “made it known she did not want this to be happening.”
Watch the report, as posted by 11Alive, here: