A 15-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in the hallway of her high school.
And many students, teachers and public officials wonder how the crime could have occurred at about 8 a.m. Monday, a time when most Parkside High School students were in their first class of the day.
“How could that go on where a teacher doesn’t know?” junior Kelsie Dukes wondered aloud.
The suspect, Parkside student Jocori Marece Scarborough, 17, of Delmar, Md., is accused of making sexual advances toward the girl then pulling her down a hallway, according to charging documents. He is being charged as an adult.
The victim said “no” multiple times before she was raped, the documents state. She reported the incident to school administrators. The Daily Times and USA TODAY do not identify sexual assault victims.
The school has almost 1,150 students spread out in a building with several wings, one with two floors; about half of the students are girls. The entire Wicomico County Public School system has about 7,500 female students.
“None of them should be subjected to the kind of treatment that’s alleged to have occurred,” school Superintendent John Fredericksen said. “This is just horrible. Our children should be safe, our families should be safe, to do their very best.”
Source: USA Today | Vanessa Junkin, The (Salisbury, Md.) Daily Times