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14-year-old boy, 13-year-old girl face rape charges in school attack


A 14-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl face serious charges after a girl with autism revealed this week that she was repeatedly attacked at Southwest Early College Campus school.

Kansas City School District Superintendent Stephen Green said he has placed six employees on administrative leave as the district investigates. Principal Edwin Richardson is no longer overseeing the day-to-day operations of the school.

Derald Davis, senior director of school leadership, is now in charge of the school.

A hearing was held Friday morning in Jackson County juvenile court. As a result, the boy and girl each were charged with one count of rape and one count of sodomy.

The 15-year-old girl reported that she was attacked in March and April. The two teens will be back in court at 9:30 a.m. on April 16.

At that hearing, the juvenile authorities will determine whether the charges should be upgraded to adult court.

The parents of the 15-year-old girl took her to Children's Mercy Hospital on Wednesday after their daughter said she had been repeatedly raped while at school. The girl woke her parents up in the middle of the night to say she was experiencing pain in her vagina.

The highly emotional girl said an eighth-grader had repeatedly raped her while a female eighth-grader had served as a lookout, according to the police report obtained by KCTV5. She said the boy repeatedly punched her in the chest and arms if she refused.

The attacks occurred in a room on the second floor that were out of the view of surveillance cameras, according to the police report. Each attack occurred before the girl's math class.

The school, which was previously known as Southwest High School, serves students from seventh to 12th grades.

The girl told her parents that she didn't tell them sooner because she feared her father "would attempt to handle the situation himself and get into trouble," according to the police report.

The girl's mother told police that her daughter has autism and "does not always fully comprehend and communicate the same as other children of the same age."

This is the second sexual assault at Southwest this school year.

Kansas City Public Schools Superintendent Stephen Green pledged to do whatever it takes to ensure students are safe.

"I want to say as a leader of this school district I will not stop until it is stopped," he said. "We need to make sure we stop it absolutely in its tracks."

In response to the situation, the district is installing alarms on doors in certain areas of the building and reviewing the condition of all doors and locks. Staff work areas will be secured more. In addition, closed classrooms and other areas of the building not being used will be secured more.

"Reinforce adult supervision of students during lunch, recess and passing periods," the district said in a letter sent home Friday afternoon to parents.

Kansas City school board president Airick West said he and other board members offer their prayers to "the student who was allegedly victimized and her family." He pledged that the district will provide any support needed to the family.

He said school safety is of paramount importance. He said the review should look at what needs to be done to address the factors that led to "this tragic event."

Wornall Road Baptist Church, at 400 W. Meyer Blvd., will hold a prayer for the victim and the community at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The Rev. John Mark Clifton said the city's violence must be addressed.

"Many of these brutal crimes are committed upon young people, even children among us. As people who value justice and mercy, we cannot continue to accept as normal the violence on our streets and in our schools," he said.

The decades-old building can house 2,000 students but currently about 600 are educated there now. Clifton said the building's layout creates issues.

"It's not a safe and secure place because of all kinds of hallways and all kinds of rooms and doorways," he said. "It needs to grieve our whole community. It needs to motivate us to action."

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