Upset mom: Son inappropriately questioned about high school 'rap - Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Upset mom: Son inappropriately questioned about high school 'rape mob'

Posted: Updated:
OLIVE BRANCH, MS -

(WMC-TV) - Students at a DeSoto County school are facing severe consequences for a locker room prank that has a lot of parents asking questions.

DeSoto County Schools considers the prank that happened after a gym class as "horseplay". But parents are concerned that it is hazing that crossed the line.

Natasha Christopher is not happy with leaders at Olive Branch Middle School after she learned that her child's class was forced to answer some disturbing questions following an incident Tuesday.

"That's disturbing to find out your child is being asked personal questions and no one contacted me," she said. "Some of these questions were very personal. Have you been shoved to the ground? Have you been held down? Have you been touched inappropriately? Have you ever had the lights turned off in the locker room on you?"

Christopher's son, who is in sixth grade, told her the questions were asked after at least two boys in his class were hazed by older students while the lights were off in the locker room.

"Somebody would yell 'rape mob' and grab a student," she explained.

Christopher is not sure what happened to the students, but became disgusted when she heard the questions her son was asked the next day.

She fears for her child's safety around older students, particularly in the locker room. She also wants better communication from the school.

"They should be letting the parents know what's going on so we can talk to our kids, give them advice, let them know if this happens to you what you should do," she said.

DeSoto County Schools responded by sending a letter home to parents. They also released the following statement to the media:

"A group of five students at Olive Branch Middle School will face severe consequences for inappropriate behavior where they had horseplay with other students after gym class. Added personnel will more closely monitor students when classes are dismissing. The students acting inappropriately admitted they acted badly and were remorseful. It was explained to the children involved that while they may consider this a joke, it is not, and the school takes it seriously. Parents of all students involved in the 15-second incident were contacted."

Five students are being penalized and the district promises to have additional personnel to monitor students during class changes.

Copyright 2013 WMC-TV. All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • April Mugshots

    April Mugshots

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 11:48 AM EDT2014-04-15 15:48:25 GMT
    James SiebenthalJames Siebenthal
    The following are mugshots and charges of individuals arrested between April 1-4 by the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office.More >>
    The following are mugshots and charges of individuals arrested between April 1-4 by the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office.More >>
  • 7-year-old girl writes book after mother's death

    7-year-old girl writes book after mother's death

    Friday, April 18 2014 8:31 AM EDT2014-04-18 12:31:56 GMT
    (WMC-TV) - Most 7-year-old girls are playing dress up and reading books, but one Mid-South girl is the exception—not just reading but writing books. Shiloh Sanders talked about the inspiration behind herMore >>
    Most 7-year-old girls are playing dress up and reading books, but one Mid-South girl is the exception—not just reading but writing books.More >>
  • Teen killed in crash after prom

    Teen killed in crash after prom

    Saturday, April 19 2014 3:47 PM EDT2014-04-19 19:47:48 GMT
    (WMC-TV) - A young man's life was taken too soon. It was supposed to be a high school memory of a lifetime for Andrew Archer, but prom night turned into a tragic night for his family and friends. His promMore >>
    It was supposed to be a high school memory of a lifetime for Andrew Archer, but prom night turned into a tragic night for his family and friends.More >>
Powered by WorldNow