A 15-year-old girl would later admit to the principal that she had sex with some of them, according to reports. At least one student was punished for “inappropriate activity.”
“A bunch of football players went into a room with a girl and had sex with her, and a bunch of the football players were suspended,” student Alex Bailey”So we might not have a football team this year.”
The incident was reported to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, who in turn notified the special victims unit, according to the News-Press. A cellphone was seized as evidence.
“That is unbelievable. I can’t believe it. It’s terrible,” parent Kevin Ware told NBC 2. “We need to know what was going on during school? Why are the kids out? Where they supposed to be in class? Where were the teachers? A thorough investigation needs to be done.”
Principal Melissa Layner said that the matter was dealt with “quickly,” but would not elaborate on what the punishment was.
“The incident this week should not be a reflection on our combined efforts, administration, students, and teachers, to keep our building and students secure and safe,” Layner wrote Friday, according to the News-Press. “Providing our students cooperate with the expectations articulated to them each day, our school is a safe place for student learning and after school activities.”
Layner added that there are close to 2,000 students in the school.
“I think parents understand that we cannot control the behaviors of every student, and when students enter campus, they are entering into a relationship with school administrators where they are expected to adhere to some norms and some rules,” Lee County schools’ spokeswoman Amity Chandler told the paper.