Parents Not Notified of Alleged Northeast High Rape | News
Four teens were arrested this week and charged with raping a 16-year old girl, according to arrest warrants from the Bibb County Magistrate Court.
A school district spokeswoman said Friday that school parents were not notified this week of the arrests Monday and Tuesday. She would not answer further questions about the case.
The warrants show Greg L. Watkins, 17, and Antonio Deaundry Jackson, 18, were arrested Monday.
Jimmie Lee McKnight, 17, and Ashley J. Clark, 17, were arrested Tuesday.
The arrest warrants say the alleged rape happened on Jan. 19 between 1 and 3 p.m. at Northeast High School in Macon.
All four remain in the Bibb County Jail as of Friday morning.
Bibb County Schools spokeswoman Alisha Allen-Carter says the parents have not been informed about the incident that happened last week.
Allen-Carter says, "The District can not release information to parents or anyone else based solely on the on-going investigation."
"The facts are still being gathered, therefore we have no concrete findings to issue to parents at Northeast," she says.
On Tuesday, the Bibb County School District said they were investigating a possible rape at the school. They've declined to answer further questions, and his spokeswoman says Supt. Romain Dallemand has no comment on the case.
School board president Tommy Barnes says he thinks the district has provided the information he needed about the case.
Barnes says it's inappropriate for him to discuss the on-going investigation, specifically because he did not wants to trample on anyone's rights.
Board member Lynn Farmer disagrees. She says the board only got information about the alleged sexual assault after the media found out about it.
She says she would most like to see the superintendent speak out about what has been done to investigate.
Farmer says she can not comment directly about the case, but she says as a general rule under past administrations, the district had an obligation to inform parents about any situation. She says she does not know if parents were notified.
Board member Wanda West says she sure the administration followed due process while investigating the incident.
She says she has not received any phone call from parents concerned about the possible rape.
Last fall, the district settled a lawsuit filed by the parent of another student who was allegedly raped at Northeast High School.
It happened in in 2008, when Ikeia Phillips pulled a female special needs student aside in a computer lab and had relations with her.
The girl's father argued that Phillips was a known sexual predator and school officials had not taken proper steps to protect other students.