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Family of alleged rape victims waits to find out how suspects will be charged

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TUNICA CO., MS (WMC) - A 15-year-old student reported that she was raped in a Tunica County school last November. Now, two students, ages 14 and 15, from Rosa Fort High School are under arrest and charged in the case. 

Even now, the victim's family doesn't know whether the two students will be tried as adults or teenagers.

"She's very, very traumatized. You know, nightmares," said family attorney Stephanie Morris, who says a student tricked the victim's teacher into letting her leave class.

"Once the child was lured from the classroom, she was taken to the computer lab," said Morris. "There were about four or five young men involved."

There, Morris says, the students sexually assaulted the young girl. There are cameras in the school, but it's unclear if the crime was captured on tape.

A parent, who did not want to be named, is especially uneasy since his 12-year-old will soon be a student there.

"It makes me scared you know," said the father. "Everywhere the kids are going to be, it's supposed to be safe."

Tunica County investigators say two teens were arrested for sexual battery in November. A grand jury will have to decide whether they'll be charged as adults.

Commander Cedric Davis says they're waiting on crime lab results. 

There are cameras in the school, but it's unclear if the crime was captured on tape.

Morris says the school has not responded to her in two weeks, "Our concern is to try and bring some kind of resolve to this family and this young lady and make sure she receives the therapy and counseling to just go forward and be productive."

The Tunica County School Board attorney released the following statement Friday evening:

"Tunica County School District recently received a report of an unlawful act involving several students. An investigation was conducted and it was determined that staff members violated School Board Policy. Those staff members have been terminated, and the students who have admitted violation of School Board Policy have been expelled.

Tunica County School District vigorously prosecutes any and all unlawful acts that compromise the safety of students and staff. Safety is the District's first core value and that is why the decision was made to remove the students and staff involved in this incident from the educational environment to ensure safety and preserve the effectiveness of the teaching and learning process."

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