Police investigating possible sexual assault at OKC middle school
Oklahoma City police are investigating an alleged sexual assault involving as many as seven male students at Roosevelt Middle School in south Oklahoma City.
The incident occurred Oct. 2 at the school, 3233 SW 44, but wasn't reported until Oct. 4. That's when a school resource officer said he was notified by the school’s principal about an alleged sexual assault between students, police officials said.
A spokeswoman for Oklahoma City Public Schools said the incident involved four students assaulting other students in a locker room.
Beth Harrison said the "behavior" of the students involved has been addressed and that Oklahoma City police are investigating the possibility of criminal charges against the students.
A school employee was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation, she added.
The names of the students and the employee were not released.
"As always, the safety of OKCPS students is our top priority. To ensure student and employee privacy and due to the ongoing law enforcement review in this case, we ask that all further inquiries be made to the Oklahoma City Police Department," Harrison said in a statement.
Officer Megan Morgan, a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma City Police Department, said each of the three victims in the report is 12. Two of the four suspects listed on the report are 14 and two are 13, Morgan said.
On Tuesday, a letter regarding "hazing guidelines" was sent to school district coaching staff.
"In lieu of recent events regarding inappropriate behavior in locker rooms on the campuses of some schools across the state, I felt it was important to remind everyone about the hazing guidelines outlined in the OKCPS Student Athlete and Parent Handbook,” district Athletic Director Keith Sinor wrote.
"Please review our guidelines with our student athletes today to make sure they fully understand that no form of hazing, bullying, or any other inappropriate behavior will be tolerated."
Sinor could not be reached for comment Wednesday
Sinor said a new policy would require coaches to provide a written plan for supervision of student athletes "before, during and after practices and games."
The incident is the second alleged assault under investigation in recent weeks at an Oklahoma City metro-area school.
Four Putnam City West High School football players are accused of sexually assaulting another football player in a locker room on Sept. 28. The four students reportedly used the broken end of a broom handle to penetrate the 14-year-old victim, who police said was clothed during the assault.
The students, who range in age from 15 to 18, confessed verbally and in writing to participating in the assault, according to a Putnam City Schools police report. They told officers that it was a tradition that had been passed down from "class to class."
Campus Police Chief Mark Stout said he would be meeting with the Oklahoma County district attorney’s office to discuss potential charges against the students.
"We’re talking about a very serious felony crime, rape by instrumentation," Stout said at a news conference after the allegation came to light. "I think the word 'rape' is pretty intense in itself."