Topeka West students organize protest outside school Friday morning

Published: Sep. 17, 2021 at 8:21 AM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Students are protesting outside Topeka West High School Friday morning after they said a male student allegedly sexually assaulted and harassed girls at school.

The group gathered in Circle Drive in front of the high school with signs in hand.

Several students said a male student has been sexually assaulting and harassing girls. The students claim the school administration has refused to suspend him, even after the girls came forward with reports.

A spokesperson for the Topeka Public School district said the Topeka West administration recently became aware of an incident that happened over the summer, but that it did not occur at the high school.

The district said that to their knowledge, no sexual assault or harassment incident has occurred at the school or was reported to Topeka West’s administration.

USD 501 said, “Any individual that is a safety concern to themselves or others will be addressed appropriately. As the school continues to receive information, it will work with appropriate individuals and ensure any appropriate action is taken to protect the safety of the Topeka West students on campus.”

Friday’s protest remained peaceful and the district said classes did continue. They ask anyone with concerns or who would like to make a report to contact the administration.

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