MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Shelby County Sheriff's Office spokesman Chip Washington confirms deputies are investigating allegations that a Bolton High School student had sexual relations with fellow students for money. The school says it suspended six students in connection with the alleged prostitution.
"There has been a lot of speculation as to what may or may not have occurred. We choose to get the facts before we disclose what it is that actually happened," Washington said.
Parents and students claimed Monday that a 14-year-old girl was committing sexual acts in the boys' bathroom, sometimes for $5 and other times for free, with multiple students per day.
Shelby County Schools put counselors in Bolton High School on Tuesday.
"Students in the school who were either subjected to it, took part in it, knew about it, counseling is warranted in my estimation," said Beverly Schaefgen, a mental health counselor not involved with the case. "It's such a cry for help, 'Notice me. I'm hurting. Help me.'"
Counselors hope the children can learn to recognize that type of behavior is not acceptable or okay. Shelby County Schools released the following statement Tuesday:
SCS says more suspensions are possible. Investigators are still talking with students who may have been involved.