School leaders respond to sex in bathroom

Posted at 7:44 PM, May 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-24 06:19:14-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- School officials addressed parents Friday, a day after finding out a 15-year-old girl had sex with over two dozen boys after school in a South Fort Myers High School bathroom.

Parents were outraged after finding out about the incident through news a social media on Thursday. "You have an incident like this happen, it makes parents concerned and worried about their kids well fare when they go to school," said one parent picking up his 14-year-old daughter. 

The incident report said the girl admitted to having sex with multiple male students in the bathroom, and 25 male students were identified going inside the bathroom during the timeframe the girl was inside. Students said it happened in the main boys bathroom on the second floor and video of the incident circulated amongst students.

Fox 4 reached out to the school district today, who said all students involved were quickly disciplined. How they were disciplined remains confidential. However, parents felt like they should have been told sooner. "People should be watching over. Something like that should never happen in a high school," said another parent. "The school's responsibility is to let all the parents know."

After school on Friday, the following message was sent out to parents regarding the disturbing incident:

"This is Melissa Layner, Principal at South Ft. Myers High School. If you would, please take a moment to listen to this message.

You have undoubtedly heard media reports of an incident that has occurred with some of our students this week. Because the details of the incident are sensitive in nature and involve student discipline, I am unable to discuss them with the media or other parents. Regrettably, the incident is being discussed heavily on social and news media. This is difficult to hear of as a Principal, and It is undoubtedly difficult for the students involved.

Our school community has nearly 2,000 students. As part of their high school journey, our students will have the opportunity to experience great personal successes and they will also have experiences where they will learn from mistakes.

The incident this week should not be a reflection on our combined efforts, administration, students, and teachers , to keep our building and students secure and safe. Providing our students cooperate with the expectations articulated to them each day, our school is a safe place for student learning and after school activities.

We dealt with student discipline surrounding this incident this week quickly and we are focused on student success today. Thank you for all that you and your student do to support our school."

Some parents said this message is not enough. "There should be more walkthroughs or something to check on the kids. Maybe not security, but just straight supervision," said a father.

A school board representative told Fox 4 that this was a poor decision made by several students and although they cannot control the decisions of those students who do not follow the student code of conduct, they can be more proactive about after-school supervision.