Student sexually assaulted at Anderson High School

Anderson High School (KXAN Photo)
Anderson High School (KXAN Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A student was sexually assaulted on the Anderson High School campus, according to a letter sent by the principal to the school community on Thursday.

Austin ISD police were alerted to the incident and immediately began an investigation, Principal Sammi Harrison said. That investigation is ongoing.

The principal says everyone involved has been identified and the campus was deemed safe. On Friday afternoon, the principal sent out another letter stating the suspect was not an intruder or a staff member. The incident happened during the school day.

In addition to the letter, AISD sent a phone message to parents in English and Spanish.

For some students, the news of the assault is causing them to think twice about their safety on campus.

“I feel like it’s just kind of being swept under the rug and that’s not a healthy way to look at a case like this,” said Anderson High student Stella Luck.

The district said families and students who have questions are urged to reach out to the school.

Harrison said the school will also have additional security officers on hand to “reassure students that they are in a safe learning environment.”

Just two weeks ago, a 22-year-old man was arrested after admitting to sexually assaulting an Anderson High student as she walked to campus. He then threatened to kill her if she reported the incident and choked her for an estimated 15 seconds.

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