Hoboken school officials address district in email regarding alleged sexual assault

first_imgHOBOKEN — Schools Superintendent Dr. Christine Johnson, Hoboken High School Principal Robin Piccapietra, and Hoboken Board of Education President Thomas Kluepfel sent a notice to parents and guardians Wednesday afternoon in regard to an alleged sexual assault which took place on high school grounds on Nov. 30.Three juveniles and 18-year-old Anwar Goodwin have been charged in relation to the case (see the previous news items today for more information, at hudsonreporter.com). “As you may be aware, news reporters have been outside of Hoboken High School regarding an alleged incident that took place on November 30, 2017,” begins the email from the officials. “Hoboken High School is not aware of all of the specifics related to this allegation or the investigation, and is therefore not in a position to speculate nor to make announcements or statements.” However, the email states that the victim reported the incident to a counselor, who then immediately brought the alleged victim to the principal and Hoboken Police Department School Resource Officer.The Hoboken Police Department then contacted the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.“We ask that judgments be withheld, due to the fact that the investigation is not complete and that the accuracy of facts reported by the news cannot be verified..Each of the students involved in this incident is a member of our school community,” states the email. “We have a legal obligation to protect privacy.”The email states that the high school takes the allegations seriously and “assures families that the school environment is safe and conducive to learning.”It adds that the school administration has reviews processes and protocols and will deliver educational programs for both the students and families on topics related to the allegation.“Hoboken High School has a comprehensive School Based Youth Services Center and qualified staff continue to be available for all students who have questions, need support, or are in need of processing information,” said the release.In May of 2016, another teen was arrested in connection with an alleged sexual contact incident in the school elevator. See stories earlier today at hudsonreporter.com.last_img

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