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Disturbing Claim: Rape at Cleveland school

Lincoln West High School Lincoln West High School

Disturbing claims of a gang rape at Lincoln West High.  And while the school investigated there are other questions -- should the district have contacted Cleveland police sooner?

It is a story that began with an incident caught on school surveillance video.  A female student claims she was raped by three boys.  She didn't report it but the school knew about it, so why weren't police notified till the next day?

No one would answer our repeated buzzing of the office.  In fact after we buzzed they stopped even letting students in.  The only way in was to knock on the door to get in.

Obviously our presence didn't go unnoticed.  According to a police report it happened in gym class.  The girl says three boys started messing around with her.  She told them no several times but she says they pulled her into an area near the pool.  And it was there that one boy raped her the two others forced her to perform oral sex.

A half hour later a principal called telling mom an incident occurred but gave no details.  Police weren't called till the next day after mom went to the school.  The district says the sexual contact wasn't clear.

"We did contact them immediately on Wednesday morning when we realized there may be more to this case than we initially knew," said CMSD Police Chief Lester Foltz.

The investigation is on-going into the incident.  As for the district's reporting to the Cleveland Police they say they followed proper procedures. 

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