(FreedomBeacon.com)- On Tuesday, the principal and assistant principal at a North Carolina high school were suspended with pay after a student was suspended for reporting that she was a victim of sexual assault.
Diann Weston, the principal at Hawthorne Academy High School in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District, along with assistant principal Nina Adams – who is also the Title IX liaison for the school – were suspended over the incident involving a 15-year-old sophomore from Hawthorne Academy.
In early October, the student reported to the police that she was sexually assaulted by a male student on campus. During the 45-minute interview, the victim recounted that the male student put his hands down her pants and up her shirt without her consent.
According to the victim’s mother, a few weeks later police contacted her to say the alleged assailant confessed. Police later charged him with two counts of sexual battery.
Not long afterward, however, the victim’s mother got a call from assistant principal Nina Adams. Adams said the school found no evidence of sexual assault and accused the victim of fabricating the report. As a result, Adams said the 15-year-old girl would receive a one-day suspension from school and would have to sign a nondisclosure agreement.
The suspensions of Weston and Adams come after a week of rising tensions at Hawthorne Academy over the school’s handling of sexual assault incidents.
Last week, over one hundred students at Hawthorne Academy staged a walk-out and “town hall” to protest the school’s actions in suspending the 15-year-old victim.
Just two days earlier, a second Hawthorne Academy student revealed that she too was urged to sign a nondisclosure agreement after she reported a sexual assault on campus in 2019.
After the student walk-out, Superintendent Earnest Winston released a statement saying while he understands the concerns of parents over these incidents, he is not legally permitted to “disclose confidential information” related to student discipline “or ongoing police investigations.”
The suspensions came after Hawthorne officials informed the victim’s family that they were reopening the case. The victim has yet to serve her one-day suspension, nor has she signed the nondisclosure agreement.