A high school in Seattle is located on the Center of a controversy Several soccer players are said to have sent text messages about raping female students. Students at the school staged a walkout Friday, claiming the school hasn’t done enough to hold players accountable.
Even though the football players were suspended for their alleged behavior, that didn’t stop students from holding a walkout starting at 11:30 a.m. Friday morning. The strike reportedly lasted only a few hours, and students gathered at the school’s soccer field across the street from the school building, per KCPQ.
One student said: “[t]There were a lot of people telling their stories here,” adding that the event was “very heartbreaking and heartfelt for me because I also shared my story about things that affect the football team, things that affect the boys that come here come.” Many people were called.
More than 100 students reportedly attended the rally at Chief Sealth High School on Friday, some holding signs and wearing pink.
Students expressed dissatisfaction with the school administration and its handling of the situation after details of the incident came to light. The school said it decided to suspend the football players, but for many students that wasn’t enough.
One student who was allegedly mentioned in the texts said, “I was one of the girls they were talking about.”
“It is very strange and disgusting what they have done. I was just a little angry because these are people I trust and I thought I knew.”
This particular student is just one of many who isn’t convinced the school has done enough to address the text messages. “I feel like people who basically planned to do something sexual should be punished much more than just a small suspension,” the student said.
It is currently unknown how many days the football players have been suspended or whether additional punishment will be forthcoming.
The report noted that Seattle Public Schools athletic leaders are currently in the process of developing a plan to prevent sexual harassment. The school administration said the students who took part in the rally had a right to do so.
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