SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. — The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is investigating allegations of sexual misconduct at Bolton High School, a spokesperson confirmed Tuesday.
Students say a ninth-grade girl was selling sex in the school bathroom for weeks.
The district confirmed six students were suspended “for varying reasons as a result of the investigation.” Click here to see the letter sent home to parents.
“One child was being paid to perform oral sex,” Tracie Minear said.
She was told by her daughter, who attends Bolton High School, and mentioned there are many positive things happening. WREG has covered some of the positive things students are doing at the school, including opening a food pantry to feed needy students.
However, the school currently has allegations of prostitution echoing in the hallways.
“Well, who wouldn’t be upset? I mean, come to find out that this was somehow able to happen on a school campus,” Minear said.
Rumors are flying of a student selling sex in the bathrooms during school hours.
It’s something school board president Teresa Jones admits they didn’t keep a close enough eye on.
“We are going to have our eyes open more diligently in the future. The fact that immediate action was taken as far as suspensions indicates we are serious about this type of conduct not happening in our schools, ” Jones said.
Parents sounded off on the Bolton High School PTSA Facebook, which has since been closed to the public, because they were upset the school didn’t notify them about the investigation.
“Somehow notify the parents of the students and let them know that, hey, there is something happening,” Minear said.
The district admitted to allegations of sexual misconduct. A spokesperson said they’re still investigating, and it’s too early for an official response.
“We were made aware of a situation at Bolton High School last Friday,” Chip Washington, spokesperson for the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, said.
The SCSO has taken the lead on the case.
“We’re going to thoroughly investigate, find out exactly what happened and move forward from there,” Washington added.
“Well over 94/95 percent of students go to school everyday with no disciplinary incidents,we have a small number when you look at incidents overall,” Superintendent Dorsey Hopson said.
Both he and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office also pointed out, nothing has been proved.
As for the suspensions more could come, while others could go away. No criminal charges have been filed.
Neighbors said something needs to change.
“They need to get it monitored some kind of way — not in the bathroom — but some kind of way so you can know what the student is doing,” Eric Gatwood said.
Parents like Minear would agree that something need to be done before something like this happens again.
“Your child going to school and now they having sex in the bathroom,” Gatwood said.
This investigation is not the first time Bolton High School has faced sexual misconduct allegations.
Former Bolton High School teacher Michael Lewis, who is out on bond, is accused of statutory rape after police said he and his roommate had sex with a 17-year-old student.