By Maria Rocha-Buschel
A student was arrested for raping another student inside a high school on East 15th Street near Stuyvesant Square Park last week.
According to police, a male student at the High School for Health Professions and Human Services at 345 East 15th Street raped the female student inside a stairwell of the school building on Wednesday, October 10 at 1:23 p.m.
Police said that the teen pulled his pants down, grabbed the victim’s neck and forced her to perform oral sex on him. The teen also allegedly pulled down the victim’s pants and penetrated her with his finger.
Police did not specify the age of either the suspect or the victim but said that they were both students at the high school and are both younger than 17. The name of the suspect is being withheld by the NYPD due to his age.
In response to the incident, a spokesperson for the Department of Education said the department works with NYPD to make sure that school buildings are secure and staffed with school safety agents.
Additional security measures such as cameras are put into place when necessary and the DOE has increased monitoring in school stairwells throughout the day, although the specifics regarding security measures at the High School for Health Professions and Human Services were not available.
“Schools must be safe havens, and this deeply troubling incident was immediately reported to NYPD,” DOE spokeswoman Miranda Barbot said. “We treat any allegations of sexual assault with the utmost seriousness, and are providing the school with additional counseling and security support.”