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KC schools will intensify safety measures after report of rape

Updated: 2013-09-04T00:01:56Z

By JOE ROBERTSON

The Kansas City Star

Kansas City Public Schools will be increasing measures for protecting students after a 17-year-old girl reported being raped last week at Southwest Early College Campus.

“This means becoming more aware and more vigilant,” Superintendent Steve Green wrote in a letter to the community that was also sent home with students Tuesday.

The student, according to a police report, said she was dragged by two classmates into a small second-floor room during the middle of the day Aug. 27 and attacked.

Two boys, 14 and 15, were charged Friday with first-degree rape.

The girl is receiving counseling and support, the district said.

The district already had a safety and security task force that will be coordinating increased measures for student safety, Green said.

Like many of the district’s buildings, Southwest, at 6512 Wornall Road, is an old structure with some unusual hallway and room configurations that complicate safety efforts.

The safety task force will increase safety awareness training for employees and conduct weekly safety reviews at each school.

It also will review the condition of all doors and locks, especially for staff work areas and closed classrooms, to restrict access to isolated areas.

Security camera systems will be upgraded to improve coverage. Adult supervision during lunch, recess and passing periods will be reinforced.

Green also called on anyone who sees anything that raises safety concerns to call the parent information line at 816-418-7556 or to call 911.

To reach Joe Robertson, call 816-234-4789 or send email to jrobertson@kcstar.com.

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