MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — A group of students at the Alabama School of Math and Science held a peaceful demonstration on the front lawn.
From off campus, one student could be heard reading off a statement calling on the administration to put out an explicit policy about how students should go about reporting crimes, and what they can expect staff to after those crimes are reported.
“Fails to have a structured procedure in place to effectively handle crime reported by students,” one of the students read aloud. “The lack of policy affects us all.”
The student demonstrators did not speak with us on camera, but told News 5 off camera “the statement speaks for itself.”
The peaceful protest lasted for about 30 minutes.
This demonstration comes days after word broke about about an off-campus rape allegation involving a student. The students would not say whether their movement was directly related to that. They do, however, appear to share similar concerns that alumni brought to News 5 earlier this week regarding demands for specific crime-reporting protocol. Several alumni told us they do not believe ASMS responded properly or quickly enough when the student says she told a staff member she was raped.
The alumni are basing their response in their reaction to a letter they received from the alleged victim addressed to “Parents of the ASMS student body.”
On Monday, we received a statement from ASMS through the school’s attorney, saying the school met with both parties involved in the accusations, and police and the district attorney’s office were called. We have asked Mobile Police and the Mobile County District Attorney’s Office for more information. Police have confirmed an investigation and follow-up have occurred, and the district attorney’s office has confirmed the case has been handed over to them. Neither agency will tell us when the alleged crime was reported, or whether it was the school or another party that reported the alleged crime.