SCSO investigates sexual assault at Wooddale High School - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

SCSO investigates sexual assault at Wooddale High School

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a sexual assault that reportedly happened at Wooddale High School.

The victim told her mother on April 28 that another female student groped her in late March at WHS. The victim’s mother filed a police report on April 29.

SCSO said the assault happened in the school's bathroom in March, but the victim did not tell her mother until the end of April.

"I do feel bad for her,” Lashundra Randle said. “You know, she's probably being bullied, and she probably just had enough and told her mama."

A spokesman for the sheriff’s office said the victim was groped by another female student in the bathroom.

"It doesn't matter if it's a female or male, or anything,” Randle said. “You do not have the right to put your hands on anybody in that way."

Randle’s son goes to Wooddale and she said this sexual assault is a symptom of a bigger problem at the school.

"It's not a surprise to me, because I've actually walked inside of that school and the children are roaming everywhere and they pretty much do as they please. I've talked to some of them, and they just feel like they're not respected. They feel like it's a joke."

Randle said the only solution to getting teachers and students more engaged is the parents.

"I just feel like the parents need to be more involved. You know, you just drop your children off and just keep going, and that's just not going to work."

Randle said she hopes things change immediately, because being sexually assaulted at school is the last thing kids should be worrying about.

"My heart goes out to her and her family, and I'm praying for her night and day."

Shelby County Schools released the following statement regarding the reported sexual assault:

"School administrators were informed of an alleged assault involving two students and followed District procedures by immediately contacting law enforcement. The parents of the two students involved were informed of the situation by school staff. This is currently under investigation."

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