No charges filed in alleged sexual assault at Franklin High School

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FRANKLIN, Va. (WAVY) — No charges are being pursued against five Franklin High School students who were accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old female student.

Franklin police say the Franklin High School principal contacted them on Oct. 12 about an alleged sexual misconduct between students on school grounds.

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WAVY/Jason Marks

During an investigation a 15-year-old student said she was sexually assaulted by several male students in a bathroom.

Kelvin Edwards, a spokesperson with Franklin City Public Schools, says five male students were alleged to have been involved in the incident.

Edwards says some of the students are special needs, while others are on the football team. The victim in the alleged incident is also a special needs student.

The Southampton Commonwealth’s Attorney determined Friday afternoon that there was no criminal action taken by the five boys accused, and decided not to pursue charges.

Edwards says all five male students as well as the girl have been suspended.

The students must go to a disciplinary hearing to determine when they can return to school.