OLIVE BRANCH, MS -- Olive Branch Police were investigating Thursday, after a reported "rape mob" at a local middle school, but school officials said the incident lasted just 15-seconds and the students were horsing around.
"I'm surprised, that's crazy," said Amanda Gathright, who has a student at Olive Branch Middle School.
According to a DeSoto County Schools spokeswoman, the incident happened Tuesday morning.
"A group of five students at Olive Branch Middle School will face severe consequences for inappropriate behavior where they had horseplay with other students after gym class," Katherine Nelson wrote.
"I think that it is ridiculous, but it starts in the home," said Robert Goodman, as he watched his son play football Thursday evening.
Nelson said a note about the incident was sent home on Thursday afternoon, but several parents at the game expressed shock the district waited so long to tell parents.
According to the district, school officials were alerted about the incident at the end of school on Tuesday, and the matter was investigated on Wednesday.
"I thought it was crazy, you got to protect your kids, and if they're not going to, somebody has to," said Keri Ingram.
Olive Branch Police confirmed an investigation Thursday evening.
"We are currently looking into an occurrence which took place at the Middle School," said Assistant Police Chief Danny Vasser. "The Police Department is conducting an investigation independent of the school's investigation, to determine if the incident is criminal in nature. The investigation is continuing at this time."
"The students acting inappropriately admitted they acted badly and were remorseful. It was explained to the children involved that while they may consider this a joke, it is not, and the school takes it seriously," said Nelson. "Parents of all students involved in the 15-second incident were contacted."
Nelson declined to specify the punishment the students were facing, citing district policy.
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