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Walking the halls with your alleged attacker

A parent of an alleged sexual assault victim said their child has to go to the same school as the alleged attacker even though there is a no contact order in place.(Source: Raycom Media) A parent of an alleged sexual assault victim said their child has to go to the same school as the alleged attacker even though there is a no contact order in place.(Source: Raycom Media)
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) -

Imagine your child having to walk the halls with someone they say sexually assaulted them. That's the reality for some students in New Hanover County Schools and district officials say in some cases they can't do anything about it.

A parent of an alleged sexual assault victim said their child has to go to the same school as the alleged attacker even though there is a no contact order in place.

We've reviewed the arrest warrants that claim sexual assault and copies of the civil no contact order, but we are hiding the name, school and genders of all involved to protect their privacy.

Deputy Superintendent Rick Holliday said the district cannot get involved in certain cases, and cannot transfer an accused student based on a restraining order because the school system is not involved in the case.

“The school system can't make a judgment about a case that's in court that we're not a party to,” Holliday explained. "Look I've got a restraining order against this person, and it may be little evidence to support that restraining order then the school system if we unilaterally decide to take action then we may be taking action against a situation that may or may not (have) occurred, so it's kind of a two-edged sword there."

The contact order says the suspect cannot have any direct or indirect contact with the alleged victim, but the school system says that's just not enough for them to transfer the suspect and it's not the school system's job to ensure the order is followed.

“Well we've got to make it safe for everybody, which means everybody has an opportunity for, to be safe in an environment which means you're safe against any allegations that may or may not be true,” Holliday said. “There are issues on both sides that if I'm allegedly making an accusation, then I need to make sure that that allegation occurred than more likely not occurred before I take any action because if I take action against someone based on something that I can't prove or that there's little evidence for, who am I being fair to?”

Holliday went on to say that the School Board would be the one to reassign a student to another school.

A few New Hanover County School Board members say this will be a topic of discussion in future meetings.

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