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County school system issues statement on alleged Northwest rape

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Halifax County Schools issued a statement today concerning the arrests of two students Wednesday on first-degree rape charges.

“There are allegations that are being investigated on the campus of Northwest (high school) right now,” the statement said. “At this present time, the investigation is ongoing and the district has turned the matter over to local authorities. We are currently working with local authorities on these pending allegations.”

The statement begins saying, “Halifax County Schools is committed to the needs of the whole child. Our job is to make sure that our students receive a good education and grow to become productive members of society.

“Halifax County Schools has zero tolerance for any misbehaviors. Inappropriate behavior and misconduct will not be tolerated. The safety and well-being of all of our students are the district’s top priority.”

The statement closes saying, “As of right now, Halifax County is continuing to chart a new course. We are focused on the needs of all of our students. Teaching our students to be ready, respectful, and resilient. We are cooperating fully with law enforcement. We will take the necessary steps once the investigation is completed.”

The Halifax County Sheriff’s Office reported the students — Raquan Boswell, 18, and Jesse Alston, 16, were charged in an alleged rape which occurred in a school locker room Wednesday.

The students reportedly pushed and restrained a female student in a male locker room area.

They have November 15 court dates.

The sheriff’s office said in a statement investigation continues and more arrests are possible.

Sheriff Wes Tripp, who could not immediately be reached for comment, declined Thursday to discuss the case beyond what was contained in the press statement.



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