The wrong kind of experience with sexual assaults in Kansas City Public Schools should tell teachers and administrators that they must become more vigilant to prevent such student-on-student attacks.
Police said that a student at the African Centered College Preparatory Academy on Monday reported that she had been raped by another student at lunchtime. The teen said a boy took her to another area of the school at 3500 E. Meyer Blvd. and sexually assaulted her in a stairwell.
School officials and police are investigating the crime. Police took the suspect into custody at the juvenile detention center.
What’s clear is the stairwell should have been locked, regularly patrolled by school personnel, security guards or otherwise be off limits to the teens in the building.
What’s worrisome is this isn’t the first report of a sexual assault at a Kansas City school.
A 17-year-old girl in September 2013 reported being raped at Southwest Early College Campus. Also in April 2014, a 14-year-old girl with autism said she was repeatedly raped at Southwest Early College Campus.
Repeats of this type of crime seriously damages the already shaky trust parents and the community have in the provisionally accredited Kansas City Public Schools. In addition, schools in many inner-city neighborhoods are the safest places for kids. People have counted on that.
The sexual assaults mean that even that expectation isn’t true anymore. That should tell school district officials to do whatever it takes to make all schools safe again for every one of Kansas City’s kids.
Nothing less is acceptable.