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Rape allegations at Glenbard South under investigation

GLEN ELLYN – The DuPage County Children's Advocacy Center is investigating rape allegations involving a male student-athlete at Glenbard South High School, the DuPage County State's Attorney's office confirmed on Monday.

WGN first reported on Friday that at least five female students have accused a Glenbard South male student of sexual assault that were allegedly committed over the last two years. The girls' parents want the boy expelled and at least one employee fired, according to WGN's report.

A Change.org petition to "bring accountability to sexual violence at Glenbard South" has received more than 17,000 signatures. A protest was scheduled for outside Monday night's Glenbard Township High School District 87 school board meeting in Glen Ellyn.

"While specific events and individual information cannot be shared with the community, the students of Glenbard South know that their voices are being actively ignored, disregarded and silenced by the administration," the petition states. "The student in question needs to be held accountable and punished for his actions, such as removal from school-sponsored extracurriculars, suspension, or expulsion altogether."

In a reply to an email from Suburban Life, District 87 Community Relations Coordinator Peg Mannion said that "we would like to reassure the community that we investigate all complaints and concerns reported to us by students and staff."

"While we cannot share specific events or individual information with the community, we do report information about possible crimes to the police/public safety and DCFS as appropriate," Mannion wrote. "We would also remind community members if they have knowledge of a crime or criminal activity, they should contact the police/public safety. We take our responsibility to offer a safe learning environment seriously."

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