Mother Reacts As Superintendent Weighs In On Reported Rape

Mother Reacts As Superintendent Weighs In On Reported Rape

The mother of an 18-year-old East High School student who reported being raped last week is furious after the head of the Shelby County School District said the rape didn't happen.
Memphis, TN -- The mother of an 18-year-old East High School student who reported being raped last week is furious after the head of the Shelby County School District said the rape didn't happen.

A 16-year-old has been charged in the case, and the Shelby County Sheriff's Office says the investigation remains on-going.

"There was a report last week that a student was raped at East High School, and then when you look more closely, that wasn't the case," Interim Superintendent Dorsey Hopson told school board members on Tuesday night.

Hopson made the comments after criticizing the media's coverage of the rape report.

"So much sensationalism, and I think people rush to judgement and jump the gun so quickly," Hopson said.

On Wednesday, the mother of the 18-year-old said Hopson should follow his own advice, especially with the investigation on-going and that 16-year-old still facing charges.

"Before you pass judgement on a person or the findings, you should wait and see until the investigations are completed," said the mother, who asked not to be identified to protect her daughter's privacy.

The district sent localmemphis.com a statement Wednesday afternoon looking to provide what it called "context and clarification" to Hopson's remarks.

"Superintendent Hopson's comments were intended to urge the media and public not to rush judgment about this open investigation. He did not mean to imply there has been any determination in this case," the e-mail said.

"That's just in bad taste for a Superintendent to say that," the mother said. "When someone is being forced to do something against their will, being slapped around, and tortured and beaten, that is not consensual. At all."

Last Friday, a juvenile judge reduced a charge against the teen and he was freed on bond. He's due back in court sometime next week.
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