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Franklin County Officials Examine School's Response To Sexual Assault Accusation

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BUNN, N.C. — A 15-year-old girl claims she was sexually assaulted in the gym at her school. There were questions Tuesday about how the school handled the case.

The alleged attack happened last week at Bunn Middle School in Franklin County. The seventh-grader told the principal that two 13-year-old boys had groped her. The boys were in court Tuesday to face charges of sexual assault.

The principal did not report the incident until investigators showed up the next day at school.

Principal Fannie Perry said she waited because she was trying to determine exactly what happened. The Franklin County School Superintendent is now taking a second look at the system's policy.

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Franklin County Sheriff Jerry Jones said Perry should not have waited to report the alleged incident.

"We have learned from experience that the small issues can be the big incidents," Jones said.

Word also was slow getting to Superintendent Dr. Carl Harris, who did not hear about the report until four days later.

Harris said that, with a charge as serious as this one, he should know about it right away.

As for Perry's claim that she simply did not know what she had on her hands, Harris said he understood her explanation.

"Because kids don't always tell you everything," Harris said. "You have to investigate to get the whole truth."


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