Student reports sexual assault at Whitefish Bay High School

CREATED Apr 24, 2013

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WHITEFISH BAY - A school is supposed to be a safe haven for kids, but one 16-year-old girl from Whitefish Bay claims she was sexually assaulted by another student while at school.

“I’m very sorry with what I have heard. It certainly is not what happens at this school and I wouldn’t want it to happen anywhere,” said staff member Heidi Burmeister.

The 16-year-old girl told police the assault happened at after 5 o’clock last Thursday. She claims the suspect “grabbed” her hand and “dragged” her down the stairwell. She said stop and to let her go, but she claims that’s when he grabbed her head and forced her to have oral sex with him.

But the suspect told police that’s not what happened. He argues it was the girl who initiated oral sex, and he didn’t stop her. But he said he told her: “we should not be doing this in school”

Police have scoured through video surveillance inside the school. The actual incident was not caught on tape, but according to a police report describing the video, “her body language suggests that something has happened, “ and that “she may have been crying.”

According to a police interview, the suspect told police he “went through this before about two months ago a girl accused him of pulling his pants down in class.” He told police the vice principal talked to him.

Some parents say this is all too common.

“I wasn’t surprised, sadly,” said parent Jennifer Kelly.

Laura Brewster talked to her son about the assault

“It was obviously not the right thing and the person was going to be taken to jail and that we should say a prayer for the victim,” Brewster said.

The district sent a letter to parents saying they are taking the appropriate disciplinary measures.