A female North Atlanta High student reported being raped by a male suspect in the girls’ restroom during lunch in early May.
According to a report from the Atlanta Police Department, the girl said the male student approached her during lunch in the cafeteria and said he wanted to “show her something.”
He then escorted her to the girls’ restroom, according to the report. Once inside, the suspect put on a condom, the female student reported that the suspect then raped her.
During the incident, the female student asked the suspect to stop, and he told her not to tell anyone, according to the police report.
The victim’s teacher knocked on the restroom door during the alleged incident and the victim exited the restroom, but did not report the incident at that time.
The victim’s mother thought the girl may have been skipping class after talking with school staff members, according to the police report. The alleged sexual assault was reported to the victim’s mother when the two were talking when she came home from school that day, according to the victim’s statement to police.
However, it was not reported to police until the following day, May 9, when an officer called for assistance at the school immediately after the girl told school officials about the alleged incident.
The female student showed the piece of paper on which the suspect wrote his number. She said the suspect had sent her text messages after the alleged assault, according to the police report.
Grady EMS arrived and transported the female student to Hughes Spalding Hospital for further treatment. The victim’s mother was called and was going to meet her daughter and the school’s assistant principal Curtis Douglass at the hopsital.
The female victim said she feared she was pregnant following the alleged assault.
In a May 20 letter to parents, North Atlanta High Principal Dr. Howard Taylor wrote:
“I want to dispel any rumors and ensure that you have accurate information.
On May 9th, a female student advised us that she had been sexually assaulted on May 8th by another student; she indicated that the assault occurred during the school day. After we were advised of the reported incident, we immediately reported the allegation to law enforcement officials, and informed the student’s parents. The Atlanta Police Department is investigating the matter. At this time, no charges have been filed and no arrest has been made.
Although no charges have been filed, we take the allegations seriously, and we will remain vigilant in ensuring that we provide a safe and secure learning environment for our students. Thank you for your help and support of our efforts to accomplish this goal.
Please feel free to contact my office if you have any questions.”
Atlanta Police spokesman Carlos Campos told Buckhead Patch no arrests have been made at this time.
Buckhead Patch reached out to Atlanta Public Schools for comment, but calls and emails have not yet been returned.
This article was updated to include the text of a letter sent home from North Atlanta High Principal Howard Taylor.