School Officials Punish Girl For Reporting Sexual Assault

A high school principal and assistant principal out in North Carolina have officially been placed under suspension without pay in the wake of an investigation that discovered that a student at their high school had been punished via suspension after making a report stating that she had been the victim of sexual assault. In the wake of the suspension of Hawthorne Academy High School Principal Diann Weston and assistant principal Nina Adams being announced, the mother of the girl who had been punished made a statement saying, “My daughter wants everyone to know that she thanks them and it makes her feel she has more support. … We never expected to get as much publicity as we did but we want everyone to know that things like this should be heard and not hidden.”

WBTV reported this past week that the girl, who is currently a second-year student at Hawthorne Academy High School, was placed under suspension at the end of October following the filing of a report that claimed she had been sexually assaulted by a classmate back in August. On the second of November, WBTV reported:

She made the report in late August, after sitting through a Title IX class at the start of the school year. The case was referred to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police, who investigated. A CMPD spokesman confirmed that a juvenile was charged with sexual battery as a result of the report. But school administrators determined, independently of the police investigation, that the report was unfounded. … As a result, they suspended the female student who reported being sexually assaulted, made her sign a no-contact order, which she says has prevented her from participating in some school activities, and she is being made to attend a CMS class called Sexual Harassment is Preventable.

“I really just thought I had faith in CMS, that they were going to do right by my daughter,” claimed the mother of the girl in a statement to WBTV. “So when I got that phone call I was hurt. … They are making her feel like she is being punished for coming forward.”

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The attorney who is representing the young Hawthorne Academy student, Laura Dunn, stated, “CMS had plenty of opportunities to avoid yet another campus sexual assault scandal, but rather than taking meaningful action when issues arose at Myers Park High School, it has waited for another disaster to strike at Hawthorne Academy. … All parents need to stand with their students at this time and demand change so this does not happen to another student ever again.”

 

 

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