Denton police continued on Friday to investigate a report of a 15-year-old girl being sexually assaulted by another student on the campus of Denton Guyer High School last week.
The girl was taken to a local hospital after the alleged assault on Oct. 6.
A 17-year-old boy is accused of sexually assaulting her on the campus, at 7501 Teasley Lane in Denton, according to WFAA-TV.
No one has been arrested in the case as of Friday as the investigation continued.
“Should any charges be filed at the conclusion of the investigation, we would be sure to put out a release given the attention this case has gotten,” according to a statement released Friday by Denton police. “We appreciate your patience and sensitivity to the nature of this case.“
Hundreds of students at the school staged a walkout about 10 a.m. Friday outside of the Denton ISD campus in protest. Parents also gathered to join in the protest and met up with students in front of the school.
Denton Guyer students walked out of class in protest this morning after a report of an on-campus sexual assault this week. Police are investigating the allegation. https://t.co/wU2n1znkhf pic.twitter.com/2w8A0cdH6p
— WFAA (@wfaa) October 15, 2021
Some students carried signs with message including, “Blame Rapists for Rape,” and “We Believe You!”
“We are here to be able to feel safe to go to our school,” one student yelled, according to video of the protest posted by the Denton Record-Chronicle on Twitter.
Other students chanted, “We won’t forget.”
— Lucinda Breeding-Gonzales (@LBreedingDRC) October 15, 2021
Students also called out the school’s principal for not taking action against a culture of sexual harassment and assault, according to the video.
On Thursday the principal sent an email to parents encouraging students to remain in class, and there was an increased presence of Denton police officers at the campus Friday.
“A key part of Guyer High School’s reputation is built on the accomplishments of our students and staff,” Principal Shaun Perry wrote to parents on Thursday. “How we treat one another, including in person and online, also plays a part in that reputation.”
#NEW I’m outside Denton Guyer High School where some parents and students organized a walkout in support of a girl who reported a sexual assault on campus.
Here’s what we know: https://t.co/TYbo5Mycfx pic.twitter.com/SwxkjVb0EX
— Alex Rozier (@RozierReports) October 15, 2021
Teachers would continue to record attendance while school officials monitored the protest, and no outside visitors would be allowed to participate, the principal wrote.
“I have shared the expectations with our faculty and staff, and each of us stand ready to assist our students as we move forward,” Perry wrote. “Our staff works tirelessly to provide the safest possible learning environment that fosters healthy relationships.”
We are aware of a protest initiated by students at Guyer High School. Our officers have been on campus since this morning to provide security and ensure the safety of students and staff. This is the only reason for the large police presence at the school. pic.twitter.com/WPjoa1A0Bd
— Denton Police Department (@DENTONPD) October 15, 2021
The school is cooperating with the police investigation, the principal said.
“While we cannot comment on the specifics of this police investigation, we want to assure our community that the safety and well-being of our students and staff is always our top priority,” Denton school district spokeswoman Julie Zwahr said in a statement to KXAS-TV.
Crystal Cunningham, whose daughter is a sophomore at Guyer High, told the Denton Record-Chronicle that she and other parents want to see action and hear answers from school officials. She said there’s a pattern of girls being harassed by male classmates.
“There has been zero notice from the school that a sexual assault happened on school grounds,” Cunningham told the Record-Chronicle in an article published Wednesday. “My daughter is angry, frustrated. This, of course, brings up things for her as well. Not just her but all the other girls. Unfortunately, it is common practice in the school, not only physically but verbally.”