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EAST ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – District officials are investigating sexual assault allegations at East St. Louis High School.

The victim's parents told school officials about the incident, and contacted a School Resource Officer and the Department of Child and Family Services to report the allegations.

The district claims that news reports that the victim was "dragged from a classroom" and that the incident was covered up are false, according to an email from a spokesperson. NewsChannel 5 has not yet reported on the incident.

"District 189 made the first reports to the East St. Louis Police Department and to DCFS. It is also untrue that administrators told parents or anyone else not to report the incident," the email reads. "The first report to authorities was made by the District."

You can read the full email below:

Darin,

On Tuesday, December 17, the parents of an East St. Louis High School Student reported that their daughter had been the victim of a sexual assault. The school administration began an immediate investigation of the incident, which included contacting the School Resource Officer (a member of the East St. Louis Police Department) and DCFS (Department of Child and Family Services) to report the allegation.

The District continues the investigation, which includes interviews with students, staff, and a viewing of a surveillance tape of the area where the incident took place. District 189 is working closely with the East St. Louis Police Department. The SRO officer viewed the tape on Wednesday, and a copy was later provided to the Police Department.

Media reports that the student was "dragged from a classroom" are false. Reports that the District has "covered up the incident" are also false. District 189 made the first reports to the East St. Louis Police Department and to DCFS. It is also untrue that administrators told parents or anyone else not to report the incident. The first report to authorities was made by the District.

The safety of students is a top priority in District 189, and we continue to investigate to learn exactly what happened and take any appropriate action regarding the incident. I am available in my office at 618-646-3048 and by cell at 217-778-4825. Please let me know if I can assist you.

Sincerely,

Beth Shepperd

Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Community Relations

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