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Republic police, school officials investigate reports of inappropriate touching at middle school events

Published: Oct. 21, 2021 at 9:46 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 22, 2021 at 4:52 PM CDT
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REPUBLIC, Mo. (KY3) - The Republic Police Department is investigating reports of students being inappropriately touched at two middle school events Thursday night.

Republic Middle School, in an email to parents, also confirmed it was investigating incidents of inappropriate touching from two dances, one for sixth-grade students and another for seventh-grade and eight-grade students.

Right now, the Republic Police Department is investigating reports of inappropriate touching and nothing further. Officials say there are multiple victims who were touched by another student.

“Police are investigating two allegations of sexual assault that occurred at the middle school dances,” said Allyssa Dudley, public information officer for the city of Republic. “We are working with the Republic School District to continue this investigation.”

Police say, around 8 p.m. Thursday, officers saw the information via Facebook and received two calls regarding incidents at the middle school events. Police are now further investigating and trying to determine how many people are responsible for what happened at both events.

The principal of Republic Middle School sent the following message to parents Thursday night via email, which was forwarded to KY3:

“RMS 7th & 8th Grade Families,

We’re writing to share about an incident that occurred during tonight’s 7th and 8th grade dance. Several students have reported that toward the end of the event a student was inappropriately touching other students. A similar incident took place during the 6th grade dance, as well. Those families have been notified.

These situations are being investigated at RMS and appropriate action is taking place according to the district’s discipline policy. Impacted students are encouraged to make contact with a school counselor or administrator. The goal of this message is to provide an update regarding situations that impacted several students, and to reassure students and parents that appropriate actions are being taken.”

The school says it is taking appropriate action according to the school’s discipline policy. Additional details are limited at this time.

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