14-year old facing sexual assault charge following alleged incident at Fargo South, victim & family speaking out

Published: Jul. 11, 2019 at 8:27 PM CDT
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A 14-year old boy is in juvenile detention. He's facing a charge of a sexual attack on a 16-year old girl during summer school. Valley News Live has confirmed with police the attack happened Monday at Fargo South. Now, the girl who says she was attacked and her mom are willingly speaking out exclusively to Valley News Live.

"You don't expect someone to follow you in the bathroom, period and it's just like, why would someone that young do it," says the 16-year old student.

The 16-year old says this has been a life-changing moment for her. We are not identifying the teen or her mom because of the allegations of the sexual assault. However they tell us, they wanted to speak out to make sure this never happens to anyone else again.

"When you're in that situation, you freeze. You don't know what to do. I was backing up because I wanted to get as far away as possible," says the student.

This 16-year old tell us her classes were wrapping up for the day and she was heading for the bathroom. That's when she says she was cornered and sexually assaulted by the boy.

Valley News Live: “Have you ever seen him before?”

"No, I just met him that day," says the student.

Eventually she tell us, she was able to get to her phone and ask a friend for help. She says there were no teachers or faculty around and that's what has this teenager and her mom so upset.

"O’h it makes me sick, it makes me sick because you don't want something like that to happen to your kid," says the Mother.

On top of that, this mom thinks this could have all been prevented if there was a teacher or school resource officer still at the school.

"If they're not watching the hallways and they don't have a resource officer, I need to do something to protect her," says the Mom.

We brought these concerns to Fargo Public Schools. A spokesperson there tell us, they do not have school resource officers at the schools in the summer months.

But this whole event as you might expect, traumatized this 16-year old.

"I’ve been having mental breakdowns at random points because people say certain things and it hits me all at once," says the student.

What's more, she tells us she's not really sure if she wants to keep going to Fargo South. But her mother has already made some decisions.

"To me, the school district failed and that's what I’m going to continue to say," says the Mother.

She says shes contacted an attorney and isn't going to stop fighting until something is changed.

Fargo Police tell us they are continuing to investigate the case and could not give further details since it involves minors. A spokesperson with the school district did tell us one student is no longer involved in summer school programming.