GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — A high school student who says she was raped in school wants her story known.
Her family believes this happens more than Georgia school districts admit.
Channel 2's Gwinnett County Bureau Chief Tony Thomas sat down with the family and asked Gwinnett Schools for their records.
The district says instances like this are rare.
The girl's family has hired a private investigator to try and uncover more.
The victim told Thomas she simply just tries not to think about it.
“I never knew him, I never saw him,” the victim said.
The 15-year-old student was attacked in a bathroom during school hours.
“I just wanted to use the bathroom, fill my water bottle and come back to class,” the victim said
We aren’t identifying this victim or her mother, but both wanted to come forward and share the story of what happened Oct. 7 inside South Gwinnett High School in Snellville.
“It's turned our family upside down, it really has,” the victim’s mother said.
“I do my best on my own to forget about things,” the victim said.
Thomas found court records showing a 16-year-old student was charged with rape as a juvenile.
“They are supposed to go to school and come home safe. This is not supposed to happen,” the victim’s mother said.
Thomas went to school district authorities and asked how often Gwinnett County students have been sexually assaulted on school grounds in the last year.
The family hired private investigator Robin Martinelli to dig into the issue and push for a safer environment. The family says the district has offered limited help. Martinelli is a South Gwinnett graduate herself and says she sees this problem statewide.
“I've handled a lot of sexual assaults in a lot of high schools in the state of Georgia, a middle school and a few elementary schools,” Martinelli said.
What warning would the victim have for other students?
“Anything can happen,” the victim said.
School district administrators wouldn't go on camera to discuss this issue but gave Thomas a written statement:
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