Dozens protest outside Olympic High following alleged sexual assault at the school
It comes after a girl told authorities she was sexually assaulted at the school last month.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) – More than 100 students took part in a protest Friday morning at a Charlotte high school.
The protest happened outside of Olympic High School. It comes after a girl alleged that she was sexually assaulted at the school last month.
“There should never be a chance where a female is assaulted on campus. There should be more supervision,” said student Sereniti Simpson.
A 15-year-old boy, who was known to the victim, was located and interviewed by detectives in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s sexual assault unit, police said.
At the end of the interview, the 15-year-old was charged with attempted second-degree rape, second-degree kidnapping, and sexual battery, according to law enforcement.
During Friday’s protest, several signs were held up by students that had such slogans as “No means no” and “Consent is key.”
Students say survivors of an assault shouldn’t go through it alone and their voices need to be heard.
”We’re out here to support everyone we think that the message isn’t really being taken seriously and we’re here to show not only the adults at our school, the school system, everyone else, but the students who are impacted by it - that this is kind of a family,” said student Amber Hay.
Others say this isn’t an isolated issue and sexual assault needs to be addressed on all campuses starting with information and accountability.
“It’s not just Olympic it’s everywhere. It’s a big problem and the fact that schools aren’t addressing it properly and the fact that we have to take a stand because of that means we’re being let down,” said student Josiah Amaral.
Students say there was an assembly Friday morning before the protest, where staff talked about Title IX reporting and sexual assault.
“I feel like it should be a recurring conversation within classrooms, not just one assembly,” Simpson said.
According to CMS, Title IX lessons are required to be taught in all’s schools within the first 20 days of school.
CMS also provides Title IX training to staff and students on how to identify and report harassment and assault.
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