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Rape reported in KC classroom

Police are investigating an alleged rape at George Washington Carver Elementary School.

A female student said she was raped by a male student Monday afternoon, according to an incident report from the Kansas City Police Department.

Police did not release names or ages because the students are juveniles.

According to the police report, their teacher left the students alone in a classroom Monday after lunch. The girl reported that the boy locked the classroom door, took her to a corner of the room and raped her. When she told the teacher, he told her to stop tattling, the police report said.

The girl’s aunt and legal guardian said the girl came home from school crying and upset. When asked, she told her aunt about the rape.

Her aunt took the girl to Children’s Mercy Hospital on Monday night. Doctors conducted a rape-kit examination, and a social worker interviewed the girl. Doctors observed bruising and reported it to police.

Examination results will be available in a couple of weeks, said Sgt. Roy Murry of the Kansas City Police Department’s crimes against children unit. Police also must conduct more interviews, including a more formal interview with the victim in a “kid-friendly environment,” Murry said.

“We are still in the infancy stages of our investigation,” Murry said. “It’s a whole different ballgame than when dealing with an adult.”

Kansas City School District spokesman Andre Riley said the principal at Carver had met with the students and their guardians.

He said the district is taking the incident very seriously and that the district is waiting until the Missouri Department of Social Services, the school and police file official reports before taking any action.

“We have two students and alleged events happened, and we need to get to the bottom of it,” Riley said.

“We care about both of those students and, again, we have to get it right. If the student was harmed, we need to act appropriately. If this incident didn’t occur, we need to resolve the remainder.”

Once the police investigation is complete, Jackson County Family Court will decide whether there will be charges.

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