Inside NOVA is reporting that an 18 year old SJHS student has been taken into custody for allegedly sexually assaulting and raping a 14 year old student at the same school. The assault allegedly occurred several times between April 11 and April 14 and was reported to school authorities on June 1. The alleged suspect was charged with sexual battery, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and carnal knowledge on June 2.
Everyone is innocent until proven guilty, and there are some questions about this case which Inside NOVA’s report leave open. However, based on the charges filed, it is quite evident that this case was not mere sexual banter or play between two students.
Parents need to demand that district officials investigate the incident immediately. District officials need to address the level of security provided in stairwells and hallways during school hours, both during and between classes, to determine whether that level of security is adequate. District officials need to address after hours access to the building by students and the public to determine whether the level of security provided after the school day has ended is adequate.