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Mother pleads for answers after she says her daughter was sexually assaulted at dance

Posted at 10:24 PM, Oct 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-24 17:26:10-04

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY — A mom is pleading for answers after saying her daughter was sexually assaulted during Arundel High School's homecoming dance.

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She spoke at the Anne Arundel County Board of Education meeting tonight. She not only shared her daughter's story but the story of other students who reported assaults in the past. Watson says her daughter's assault happened more than three weeks ago and police were notified.

But she thinks the school isn't doing enough.

"Obviously the schools needs to explain what protocols are because just saying we have protocols but nobody can say if there's 1, 2 or 3 steps," she said. "They just go as you want."

The school responded, saying they are allowing the police to conduct the investigation, but the incident is a police metter.

On Thursday, Anne Arundel County Schools Superintendent George Arlotto sent out a statement regarding Wednesday night's meeting:

“During last night’s Board of Education meeting, in response to questions from Board members, I made an erroneous statement when I said that our school system has no written protocols for handling sexual assault reports.

In my mind I was thinking of publicly published protocols, but nonetheless the thought I expressed to those in attendance and those watching the meeting was incorrect. I apologize for that mistake.

Our school system does have established protocols, detailed in a chart of appropriate steps and actions that is adaptable depending on the nature of the case. As I alluded to last night, that information is used in principal trainings on this subject. The chart is now available to the public on the Student Support Services section of our website.”