Protesters at Shorewood Wednesday

Thursday, February 4, 2021

A portion of the protest flyer
A protest in front of Shorewood High School on Wednesday afternoon, February 3, 2021 raised the issue of a male student accused of sexually assaulting female students being allowed to continue sports activities while he is being investigated.

The protest called for
  • A full reevaluation of existing procedures / processes in addressing allegation of sexual assault
  • Implement policies to suspend students while under police investigation
  • Require seasonal consent classes to prevent and combat rape culture.

Statement from Shoreline Schools

Shoreline Public Schools staff have been made aware of allegations of sexual assault and harassment involving a high school student in our district. We take these allegations very seriously and strongly condemn any form of harassment, assault or violence.

We have communicated these allegations to the Shoreline Police Department as a criminal matter and will continue to partner with them in sharing information regarding these allegations.

Anyone in our school community can contact school administrative staff to report any harassment or sexual assault. Shoreline Schools also maintains the Safe Schools Tip Line to report any school safety issue at  https://shoreline-wa.safeschoolsalert.com/



1 comments:

Unknown February 4, 2021 at 8:44 AM  

I believe that most accusations of sexual assault are based in fact, but not all of them. It is very difficult to discern the few cases where the accusation itself is an assault, intended to bring harm to the accused, but they do exist. Teenagers exist in a world where social standing and relationships are paramount, yet they have extremely limited experience. The inclusion of harassment in the accusation signals the possibility of a relationship gone awry rather than an attack on a stranger, which raises the likelihood of a more complex series of events. Participation in high school athletics is a privilege, but it can also play a key role in college admissions, so exclusion is punishment, in some cases extreme punishment. To deny a student that participation before any accusation is investigated and adjudicated seems unfair.

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