|Probe into sexual assault allegations at DeKalb's MLK High|
The DeKalb County School System is conducting an internal affairs investigation, into an alleged sexual assault involving a female student and several male students at Martin Luther King, Jr. High School.
District officials have remained tight-lipped over the incident, saying namely that a thorough probe will be conducted and the students will be dealt with accordingly.
DeKalb School Board member Jesse “Jay” Cunningham, whose district includes MLK, said officials are working to address the issue and parents’ concerns. He said the school’s leadership is critical and officials moved swiftly to take action.
This month, the school’s principal, Everett F. Patrick, was transferred to Pleasantdale Elementary in Doraville, and a teacher was disciplined in connection with the assault.
DeKalb Schools spokesman Jeff Dickerson said the teacher was disciplined because he “did not provide sufficient oversight” in a school setting. Dickerson said he did not have the name of the teacher and could not provide any more details because of the impending investigation.
Dickerson said Patrick was removed as principal because he was better suited for an elementary school setting.
Patrick was replaced by Vivian H. Terry, who is serving as interim principal.
Terry is a long-time educator who retired with more than 30 years experience in the DeKalb County School System. She served in several roles before retiring and then returning to the school system. She worked as assistant principal at McNair High School before her assignment at Martin Luther King.
Students and parents say the girl went to a coach after school and asked for a key to a locked room, where she reportedly met one or more of the boys.