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D.C. student tells police she was raped during school hours

By Clarence Williams and Martin Weil
Washington Post Staff Writers
Friday, November 26, 2010; 11:47 PM

A student at a District of Columbia public high school told police that she was raped there this week during school hours, authorities said.

The alleged victim said six people took part in the attack Monday at Dunbar Senior High School.

Police said six youths, all younger than 18, were arrested the next day and charged with first-degree sexual abuse.

The victim told police that the attack occurred between the school's sixth and seventh periods at or near a stairwell in the basement or on a lower level of the school, in the 1300 block of New Jersey Avenue NW.

According to a police report, the girl said her assailants grabbed her and kissed her around the face and neck.

She told police that five youths raped her. She said another grabbed her from behind and placed his hand over her mouth, preventing her from screaming.

Authorities said the incident was not reported until the student went home Monday and a parent was eventually told. The girl was taken to a hospital and a police report was made, a school system official said.

The official, Safiya J. Simmons, said an ongoing police investigation precluded further comment.

The victim told police that she believed her attackers might be affiliated with a gang, but there was no confirmation of that allegation.

The school, about two blocks north of New York Avenue NW, features a high-rise tower, with a roughly hexagonal floor plan.

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