Concord High School in Tennessee has been rocked by a sex scandal, with many students claiming that administrators ignored their pleas for privacy in a class room during an alleged affair.
According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, students say they were allowed to leave class at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, but they were told that no one could enter the room for more than 30 minutes.
At around 6:00 a.m., school officials told students they would have to sit in the hallway for 15 minutes to allow for the removal of their clothing.
A second incident happened the following morning when a student reported seeing a man, later identified as an administrator, “sitting down in a chair” in the same room, according to the Sentinel.
At 7:30 a.u.m, a woman reported that the administrator was “trying to remove her bra and panties from her bra.”
A third incident occurred when a 15-year-old student reported to administrators that she had been “raped by two males” in a room, but officials told her she would have no choice but to remain there “until they left,” the Sentinel reported.
After that, the school “seemed like a ghost town,” a student said, adding that she was afraid to leave her room again.
Some students say the sexual misconduct occurred in a private classroom and not in the hallways of the school.
The Associated Press reports that the district has hired an independent investigator to investigate the allegations.
“I think we have a lot to learn,” one student said.
The school is located on the Knox-Concord International Airport, a city in central Tennessee, just north of Nashville.
Students say they have been left wondering if they should be allowed to go to class, especially after administrators allegedly ignored the pleas for confidentiality.
“When we left, we were told, ‘It’s going to take a while,'” said one student, according the AP.
“We had to wait 30 minutes, and the next thing you know, they come and take our stuff.”
Students have posted a petition calling for an independent investigation into the allegations and asking that the allegations be reported to authorities.
The petition has garnered more than 500 signatures as of Friday morning.
“This school has been very supportive of our LGBTQI community, but we are very disappointed that this sexual harassment and sexual assault took place in a public space,” the school said in a statement.
“The school is committed to a safe and supportive environment and we take these allegations very seriously.”