This story was updated top to bottom at 12:11 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 with additional information from from Katy ISD.
KATY (Covering Katy News) - A 16-year-old 11th grade female student at Mayde Creek High School tells KPRC Channel 2 that she was raped on campus last month, but as of the publication of this story she's provided the TV station with more information than she's provided school district police, according to Katy ISD.
The victim says the attack happened Nov. 22. The attack was reported to the Katy Independent School District late Wednesday night on Dec. 4. The report was taken by the police nightshift, which begins at 10 p.m., according to school district spokesperson Renie Deanda.
The following morning the alleged victim contacted the Houston TV station, but was not responding to numerous requests from Katy ISD Police for more information, according to Deanda.
One of the issues that police need clarified is exactly where the incident happened. Police need to know that they are looking at video from the right locations.
“We have cameras all over that school,” Deanda said. “Detectives are looking at the cameras.”
But as of Friday morning they have not found video evidence of an attack.
“They need for her to say this is where it happened,” Deanda said. “They need her help.”
According to the KPRC Channel 2 report, the teenager says she was attacked in a secluded hallway near the cafeteria at Mayde Creek about 11:30 a.m. Nov. 22.
The student told the Houston TV station that it was a 30 minute attack and that she was screaming during the entire encounter. She said she tried to fight off her attacker but was unsuccessful. According to the report, once the bell rang the male attacker, whom she does not know by name, stopped and walked away.
Deanda said the Katy ISD Police were going to, once again, knock on the victim’s door Friday morning and hope she will participate in an interview.
“The investigation can only go so far without the participation of the victim,” Deanda said. “We take this very seriously,” she added.
Mayde Creek High School Principal Ronnie Edwards issued this statement:
Dear MCHS Ram Families & Staff,
Yesterday evening, a local media outlet reported an alleged sexual assault that was said to have taken place on the MCHS campus. As of this morning, the individual who made the claim has yet to respond to police inquiries to begin an investigation. Sexual assault is an incident that campus administration and Katy ISD police investigate thoroughly to ensure student and staff safety. Students or other persons found to be involved in such a heinous crime will be disciplined in accordance with the Student Discipline Management Plan/Student Code of Conduct and applicable laws.
The safety of our students at MCHS and throughout Katy ISD is our utmost priority. Communication with our students is the first line of defense to keeping our campus safe and I encourage any students, parents, staff and community members who may have knowledge of criminal or inappropriate activity to inform law enforcement and campus administration immediately. Tips may also be reported via the District SpeakUP anonymous mobile reporting app.
I appreciate your support and understanding as we continue our investigation with the Katy ISD Police Department.
Ronnie Edwards, Principal
Mayde Creek High School