16 students disciplined in Florida bathroom sex incident, district says

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FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Sixteen students in southwest Florida have been disciplined after they were found to be involved in sexual activity inside a high school restroom.

The News-Press (http://newspr.es/1XVg8kR) reports that Lee County School District spokeswoman Amity Chandler said Wednesday that the punishment ranged across several levels. She didn’t specify what punishments were handed down.

The discipline followed the discovery that multiple male students had engaged in sexual activity with a 15-year-old female student in a restroom May 17.

Chandler says no further disciplinary actions are pending. She also said that when the incident occurred, after regular school hours, some adults were in the hallway where the bathroom was.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office is checking into a cellphone video of the incident.

CNN reported that Megan Estrem, the founder of “Be the Light,” an advocacy group for victims of sex slavery and a spokeswoman for the girl’s mother, said that the girl once ran away from home and was sex trafficked when she was 13.

 

Now 15, she was a student at South Fort Myers High only two weeks when the incident happened.

Her mother said the girl went to the boys bathroom to talk to a boy she had a crush on. She said the boy wanted sex, and her daughter complied — then word got out.

“She did not sleep with 25 boys in the bathroom. There was only a handful that she did sleep with. In this case, it was more of a spectator sport,” said Estrem.

It lasted an hour and ended because the students involved had somewhere else to be.

 

 

 

The girl’s mom has pulled her out of school. She is trying to protect her from the rumors, comments and video swirling around the Internet right now.