CALL 6: IPS investigating sexual misconduct involving 13-year-olds

Posted: 5:48 PM, Mar 14, 2017
Updated: 2017-03-15 19:24:06Z

INDIANAPOLIS -- Two 13-year-old boys are accused of sexual misconduct involving a 13-year-old girl at one of Indianapolis Public Schools' high schools. 

The incident happened on February 16 at around 10 a.m. at Arlington Community High School on North Arlington Avenue. 

According to the police report obtained by Call 6 Investigates, the crime involved sexual misconduct with a minor and fondling. 

IPS has faced recent criticism for delays in reporting allegations of child abuse and neglect involving its students.

Since those allegations, the district has boosted their sexual misconduct training and reminded teachers and staff of their duty to report suspected child abuse and neglect immediately. 

Indianapolis Public Schools spokesperson Kristian Stricklen said the district is investigating the sexual misconduct involving the 13-year-olds. She said the proper authorities, including the Indiana Department of Child Services, were notified the same day. 

“The people who were supposed to be notified were notified immediately,” said Stricklen.

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No specific details of the incident were available in the police report, and Stricklen said she did not have any further information on what happened.

IPS released the following statement on Tuesday: 

On February 16, 2017, two 13 year-old male students were accused of sexual misconduct involving a 13 year-old female student at Arlington Community High School. No adults were involved. After school officials were notified of the allegations, they immediately made reports to Child Protective Services and Title IX.  The investigation is ongoing. There is no other information at this time.