Parents & students react to alleged rape at Riley High School

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Parents and students reacted Friday night to the allegation of a reported rape at Riley High School.

 A 15-year-old student told police that she was raped in the stairway Monday while school was letting out.

According to the South Bend Police Department the student told her mom about the alleged rape Wednesday, prompting an investigation at the police department and an internal investigation at Riley High.

'It's awful, I feel bad for the person it happened to and I hope they catch who ever did it. He doesn't need to be a Wildcat student," Alice Vanmeter, who has a senior son at Riley who is also on the football team said Friday night.

"Never once has either of my kids had an issue with security at Riley High School. They take above and beyond measures to protect the students.

The news created quite a buzz at the Riley/John Adams football game Friday night. Students were quick to defend their school, "I like it, I've been there for four years now and it's really fun. It is my favorite school," Junior Meloney Ortiz said while cheering on her boyfriend who also plays on the football team.

I spoke with about 15 parents and grandparents Friday at the game, all of them told me that they feel the school is safe and they have no concerns about sending their kids to school.

Questions have been raised about future security because of the alleged rape. There were no additional officers at the football stadium Friday night. School officials have not said whether they plan on putting anymore security in place after this alleged incident.

The name of the victim has not been released, the alleged suspect, who is also a student at the school has also not been identified.




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