Whitefish Bay students rally support for classmate accused of sex assault
WHITEFISH BAY - Students at Whitefish Bay High School are wearing homemade t-shirts and spreading social media support for a classmate arrested for an alleged sexual assault.
It reportedly happened at Whitefish Bay High School between a 15-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl.
Police arrested the boy. Now, classmates are giving him support.
Several students have tweeted pictures of homemade t-shirts they eventually wore at school supporting the teenager.
They say he did nothing wrong. However, students wearing the shirt refused to talk to TODAY'S TMJ4's Nick Montes.
The school's superintendent also was not reportedly available to talk to TODAY'S TMJ4.
When asked if it was right for students to support the suspect, senior Ava Gonzalez said, "They're friends, and to each their own."
The case unfolded after the girl told police that she was assaulted last week.
She claims the suspect grabbed her hand and dragged her down a stairwell.
According to the girl, she said for the boy to stop and to let her go, but that's when she says he assaulted her and forced her to have oral sex.
He told police that the girl initiated the sex act. According to his story, he didn't stop her, but said "We should not be doing this in school."
Some parents say incidents like these are becoming too common.
"I wasn't surprised, sadly," said parent Jennifer Kelly.
"It was obviously not the right thing, and the person was going to be taken to jail, and we should say a prayer for the victim," said another parent, Laura Brewster.
According to a police interview, the suspect faces accusations of something similar two months ago.