KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Public School District released a statement on Tuesday to explain that an investigation is underway into accusations about an inappropriate sexual encounter on Monday, Sept. 28 at African-Centered College Preparatory Academy.
According to the statement, the district is looking into the alleged incident, as is the Kansas City Police Dept.
A female student accused a male student of sexually assaulting her inside the school during lunch time. The girl reports that at first the boy asked to talk to her. Surveillance video shows the two walking to and from a stairwell at the school. According to the police report, the girl told police that the boy carried her upstairs to the fifth floor and forced her to have sex in the stairwell. She says she told the boy "no" several times.
The police report says the girl reported the alleged assault to a school tutor, who then told school administrators. Police responded to the school at about 5:45 Monday evening.
Police questioned the boy, who reportedly said what occurred was consensual. He remains in juvenile detention. No charges had been filed.
"AC Prep staff took all the correct steps per KCPS policies and procedures when they were informed of the alleged incident that afternoon. We are cooperating with the Kansas City Police Department as it conducts a separate investigation. Our top priority is to ensure that all of the students involved are given the support, counseling and consideration they need. In order to protect these young people, no additional information will be provided at this time. The investigation will be thorough, will be done with appropriate due process for the individuals involved, and will examine what – if any – steps need to be taken to help prevent a similar incident from happening again. We will do everything necessary to ensure that our students can attend school in a safe, secure and nurturing environment," the news release said.