ISP investigates locker room sexual battery in Clinton County

CLINTON COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) – An investigation into a bullying incident at Clinton Prairie High School has reached heights parents cannot believe. Indiana State Police are now looking into allegations that sexual battery happened between the students involved.

Clinton Prairie School Corp. Superintendent Chris Sampson said the incidents happened in the boys locker room on three occasions last month. The incidents were initially reported to the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office, but the case was transferred to ISP due to a conflict of interest. State police opened their investigation April 25, looking into allegations of sexual battery that started May 2.

Superintendent Sampson said the students involved were two seniors and a freshman. The two upperclassmen have been suspended pending possible expulsion.

Parents 24-Hour News 8 spoke with were glad to hear action has been taken. They’re just wondering why they had to learn about it from news reports instead of directly from the district.

“Children are human and there’s always those that think they’re better than others. There’s always those that want to cause problems,” said Mary Lou McKinney.

She said she’s seen those problems before. The retired teacher used to work in the Clinton Prairie School Corporation, but the bullying incident being investigated now is unlike any she heard during her days in the district.

“What follows the child through the years, it’s detrimental to them. And it just can’t be done,” she said.

Superintendent Sampson wouldn’t go into detail about what happened inside the boys locker room at Clinton Prairie High School, only saying that the incidents happened between physical education classes. Because of it, “active supervision” is now happening in the locker rooms and hallways.

“Somebody needs to step up and keep it from happening again before somebody really gets hurt,” said Pamela Nail.

She heard about the incident from her grandchildren and said the story has spread quickly around town. But she was confused why the district released a statement to news outlets without ever sending one to parents.

“Any parent that has a child or grandparent that is raising a child, sending them to the school corporation, I think they should be notified of any activity of any kind like this, be notified right away,” Nail said.

Superintendent Sampson said it didn’t need to be sent out everyone since the incidents were isolated to three students.

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