MEMPHIS, TN - (WMC-TV) – The Action News 5 Investigators have uncovered new details about a student charged with raping another student in a Memphis high school bathroom.
"It's just sick to be in a school stuff like that they should be learning," said student Trey Lanfar.
Police charged 18-year-old Craigmont High student Antonio Gillis with rape. Investigators say it happened in the boys' bathroom at the school during school hours. Gillis is accused of forcing a 15-year-old student to perform a sex act on him. Another student was also in the bathroom.
But the circumstances are not as they appear according to Gillis' mother and according to a teacher at the school with whom we talked.
"He is very low functioning. He's moderately intellectually disabled. Antonio is not responsible for himself. Neither is the other boy," she said.
The teacher who did not want to be identified said both boys are in a class at Craigmont for mentally disabled students. She says the two boys are not supposed to go anywhere without a teacher or an assistant.
"They both are moderate retarded," she said. "It's not the fault of either one of them because they are too low functioning."
The mother of the 15-year-old victim said she hired an attorney.
Memphis City Schools released a statement saying, "Administration immediately notified MPD when they became aware of the allegations. While MCS does not comment on the specifics of any pending litigation, it is clear that the school administration followed proper procedure in notifying the MPD of the alleged assault. We will continue to cooperate with MPD in this process."
Antonio Gillis's mother said he is behind bars. But she said he is on a special floor for people with mental disabilities.