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Clergy come to school's defense after reported rape

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Southwest Early College Campus staff members were put on leave while a rape investigation is underway. Rev. John Spicer thinks the administration is being unfairly targeted. Southwest Early College Campus staff members were put on leave while a rape investigation is underway. Rev. John Spicer thinks the administration is being unfairly targeted.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Local clergy members are coming to the defense of administrators on leave at Southwest Early College Campus.

The staff members were put on leave while a rape investigation is underway. Rev. John Spicer thinks the administration is being unfairly targeted.

Spicer is the pastor at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church which is just down the block from the school.

He is part of the Southwest Early College Campus' faith-based coalition, and thinks the administrators on leave should be back with the students.

Kansas City Public Schools put principal Edwin Richardson and five other staff members on administrative leave after a 14-year-old girl, who has autism, reported she was raped repeatedly at the school.

The two students accused in the attack, a 13-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy, were each charged with rape and sodomy.

Along with Richardson and other administrators, there were also reportedly teachers placed on leave.

The district believes those teachers should have been keeping a closer watch on the hallways.

"The issues from the perspective of the Southwest faith-based coalition are the length of time of this investigation of Dr. Ed Richardson and the teachers who've been on administrative leave. We believe they deserve an end to this investigation," Spicer said.

Spicer and several students say security is lacking and that the teachers aren't the problem.

"While the coalition appreciates the need for a thorough investigation, the long administrative leave functionally places the burden of proof on to Dr. Richardson and the teachers to explain why they are not responsible for the assault," Spicer said.

The district will not comment on the investigation.

After the attack, the school held several assemblies warning students there is a zero-tolerance policy for bad behavior.

KCTV5 News will continue to track this investigation and bring you any updates.

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