Clarification: High School-Sex Assault Complaints
WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) — In a story Jan. 23 on students criticizing the Westport school district’s handling of sex assault reports, The Associated Press reported that the school board voted at its meeting Monday to keep its sexual harassment policy. The story should have made clear that the board also voted to make revisions to the policy.
A clarified version of the story is below:
Students slam officials for handling of sex assault reports
4 Connecticut high school students say administrators failed to act when they reported another student for sexual assault
WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) — Four female high school students say administrators failed to act when they reported a male student for sexual assault.
The Staples High School students made their allegation during a Westport Public Schools Board of Education meeting on Monday on the district’s current sexual harassment policy, the Connecticut Post reported .
One student said the four went together to report the abuser. She said the administration responded by giving the boy a “stern talking to” and the girls were told not to make school a “hostile environment” for him.
Another student said school administrators told her “the best thing to do is let it go.”
Superintendent Colleen Palmer did not comment on the students’ allegations during the board meeting, saying she believes there is room for improvement.
“I’ll be touching base with high school administrators to make sure that you feel, when you come forward, that we do listen to you,” she said.
The four students asked the board to change its sexual harassment policy so a larger number of staff members could hear student complaints. They also requested the board involve students in conversations on sexual harassment.
Board member Candace Savin said despite what the girls said she did not hear anything that indicated the policy was wrong or incorrect.
The board voted unanimously to keep the school policy with some revisions including a new section on sexual violence and another addressing social media, according to John Bayers, human resources director for Westport schools.
Information from: Connecticut Post, http://www.connpost.com