Monday, November 29, 2021

Madison student charged with assault that inspired protests

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Madison High School student has been charged with sexually assaulting a girl at a homecoming party, an attack that prompted protests from students across Madison and the resignation of the principal of East High School. did.

The 17-year-old was charged on Friday with second-degree sexual assault and strangulation in the October 10 incident. According to the complaint, the victim, who does not attend East High School, was on a friend’s return home after a party when the suspect allegedly locked her in a bedroom after she and some friends crashed into the party. Later sexually assaulted her.

The Wisconsin State Journal reported that the suspect was arrested on Wednesday. He was released on bond on Friday.

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In the days following the attack, Eastern students walked out twice in support of the victim and demanded the resignation of Eastern principal Sean Levy over his handling of the school’s response. Students from three other main high schools in the district also protested. Levy stepped down as principal on 27 October and took another job with the district.

East High said on Thursday it would work to address a number of demands from students, including an initiative for sexual violence awareness, defining clear protocols for reporting sexual assault and connecting survivors to supportive resources. involves refining a system for.

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