(West Memphis, AR)
(West Memphis) Parents are just hearing the chilling news that three students are accused of raping and beating another student.
“It does send chills up your spine,” parent MaryAnn Burton said.
Police say the attack happened inside a bathroom at West Memphis high nearly a month ago on February 13th.
“I didn`t get any letter or anything at all,” she said.”It’s frightening.
According to the police report, a special needs teen was inside the bathroom when three students who were skipping class attacked him.
According to police documents obtained by News Channel 3 the teen said the three boys forced him to the ground, beat and raped him.
He said the assault went on until the “school bell went off."
“Kids are supposed to go to school to learn and they should be safe while they are at school it`s very sad,” parent Macasha Hurd said.
What upset parents even more, the child said he went to the principal’s office to report it but was told "they will take care of it tomorrow and to return to class."
“Especially special needs, that`s real sad,” Burton said.
We couldn’t reach the principal, but we did reach the superintendent who was unaware that the report said his staff sent the student to class and told us we needed to talk to the principal about that.
He did comment on the allegations.
“It’s terrible and the high school principal and the staff at the high school are working on it with the police department trying to get all the facts and then we`ll go from there,” Superintendent Bill Kessinger said.
The three teens Terrance Jones, Kenneth Bedford and Orlando Hamilton will be tried as adults in a Crittenden County court.
The three teens gave different accounts of what happened to police, but they all agreed that they made fun of the special needs teen.
We talked to the victim’s family Monday night, but on the advice of their attorney they declined an interview.
Capt. Ken Mitchell with the West Memphis Police Department released the following statement, “The West Memphis School District Administration and the West Memphis Police Department are working together to protect the rights of the victim in this incident and to help keep the entire school district a safe place for all students that attend West Memphis Schools.”