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Two Southwest students charged in rape case; six staff members placed on leave

Six staff members are now on administrative leave from Southwest Early College Campus as the Kansas City school district continues to seek out security failures in a student rape investigation.

“It is increasingly clear that the facility changes and security equipment were functional and that the issue is how the equipment was being used,” a district spokesman said.

Superintendent Steve Green “will be taking more actions that will impact staff,” the spokesman, Ray Weikal, said.

Prosecutors have charged a 14 year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl with one count of rape and one count of sodomy in an attack on a 14-year-old girl that police reported was a child with autism.

According to statements reported by the police, the victim was attacked by the boy repeatedly over the past month in a area out of view of security cameras while the girl charged in the crime was a lookout.

Thursday, Green had put the school’s principal and two staff on leave. Three more were put on leave Friday.

The district had made several changes in Southwest since August when a 17-year-old girl was allegedly dragged into a small, second-floor room and attacked by two boys who were charged as juveniles with rape.

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