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Students wear black to support sexually assaulted Shawnee Mission East student

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Students at Notre Dame De Sion planned on talking with KCTV5 before school started to express their support and official hashtag #WearBlackToStopAttacks, but the group was convinced otherwise. (KCTV5) Students at Notre Dame De Sion planned on talking with KCTV5 before school started to express their support and official hashtag #WearBlackToStopAttacks, but the group was convinced otherwise. (KCTV5)
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Students at area schools are rallying around a student at Shawnee Mission East High School who says she was sexually assaulted at the school last week.

Students at Notre Dame De Sion planned on talking with KCTV5 before school started to express their support and official hashtag #WearBlackToStopAttacks, but the group was convinced otherwise.

School staff advised the girls to go back inside before they were able to speak, but the school did release this statement:

“The faculty, administration and students support bringing awareness to all issues that affect young women, including sexual assault.  We continue to have open dialogue about ways to support, educate, and empower our young women as they grow to be socially responsible, faith-based adults.”

Students at other metro schools also wore black in support of the Shawnee Mission East student.

Students at Rockhurst High School, Blue Valley West High School, Mill Valley High School and Olathe East High School also wore black.

Officials say the alleged assault happened last Thursday at Shawnee Mission East after school had ended.  According to investigators, two boys and a girl - all under the age of 15 - were chasing each other around the gym.

At some point, the two boys had tricked the girl into going inside the boy's bathroom, according to investigators. One of the boys held the door shut. The second boy allegedly sexually assaulted the girl. Officials say they don't believe the boy who held the door shut had any idea what was going on inside the bathroom.

"This was a very serious event and we have taken it very seriously and from a criminal side is still under investigation," said John Douglass, the Shawnee Mission School District's Executive Director of Emergency Services. 

Two separate investigations are happening, one led by the Prairie Village Police Department, the other conducted by the Shawnee Mission School District. 

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